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ECO Trails Committee names 2012 trail supporters

Contact: Ellie Caryl, ECO Trails Program Manager, 970-328-3523 or ellie.caryl@eaglecounty.us  

Dec. 13, 2012 – Andy Garcia of the Colorado Department of Transportation, Steve Barber of the Eagle Vail Metropolitan District and the Town of Vail have been selected as the 2012 Trail Supporter of the Year winners by the citizen ECO Trails Committee.  The awards are made annually for exceptional contributions to the regional trail and transportation systems for the benefit of bicyclists and pedestrians.

As CDOT maintenance supervisor for the eastern portion of Eagle County, Andy Garcia was an important partner during the construction of the recently completed section of the Eagle Valley Trail through Eagle Vail. Garcia and his maintenance crew also completed several pavement improvement projects this summer along U.S. Hwy 6 that improved safety for both vehicles and cyclists. Garcia also participates in new trail construction review and has assisted with local efforts to improve Highway 6 through Eagle County as a travel route shared by vehicles and non-motorized uses. “Andy is an excellent ambassador for CDOT and we thank him for his commitment to safety and partnership,” said Greta Blamire of the trails committee while presenting Garcia with his award at the grand opening ceremony for the Eagle Vail trail section.

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Steve Barber of the Eagle Vail Metropolitan District was also honored for his participation and support of the Eagle Vail trail project. Barber was an active participant in all phases of the project and acted as point person for the metro district. “Steve was an enthusiastic supporter of the Eagle Vail trail extension from the start, as a benefit for residents and businesses,” said Scott Schlosser, trails committee member. Also honored for their assistance with the Eagle Vail trail project were Ben Welsh, Eagle Vail Director of Golf and Jeff Layman, Eagle Vail Community Manager.
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The Town of Vail was honored for the organization’s continual improvement to the trail system. By using town funds for trail development, it allows the limited ECO Trails funding pool to be used by other communities to “catch up” to the work Vail has completed over the last three decades. “Vail has made trail system development a priority over the last 30 years,” said trail committee member Dick Cleveland. Cleveland also cited the recent efforts by Vail to encourage improvements to the Vail Pass Recreation Trail, owned by CDOT, that were completed this summer. The award was presented at a recent town council meeting, with Mayor Andy Daly accepting on behalf of the town.
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ECO Trails is a partnership program between Vail, Avon, Minturn, Red Cliff, Eagle, Gypsum, Eagle County and the citizen volunteer ECO Trails Committee. The program’s goal is to complete a connected paved trail system through Eagle County with links to spur and backcountry trails, as well as to improve bicycling on our local roadways.