Cabela’s officially became Douglas County’s first corporate trails partner Sept. 14 when it adopted a three-mile section of trail behind its Lone Tree store. Douglas County held a dedication ceremony in the store’s parking lot, attended by Lone Tree, county and store officials.
The segment extends southwest from the end of Cabela Drive to the top of Bluffs Regional Park.
It’s part of the 20-mile East-West Regional Trail that begins in Highlands Ranch’s Redstone Park and now ends at Cabela Drive.
“What a perfect first corporate sponsorship,” County Commissioner Jill Repella said during the dedication.
Repella, who runs at Bluffs Regional Park, and Lone Tree Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Millet both expressed their appreciation for the park. Millet’s Heritage Estates neighborhood backs to the Bluffs Regional Park trail loop.
“We have a thing in my neighborhood we call bluffs withdrawal, and I’m telling you, we’ve had it this week,” she said, referring to the spate of rainy weather.
County Trails and Open Space Director Randy Burkhardt also announced the planned 2014 construction of another eight-mile section of the East-West trail. That stretch will extend east from the Cabela’s section of trail, underneath Interstate 25 and the frontage road, Havana Street, to Chambers Road.
Eventually, the trail will continue east and connect to the Cherry Creek Regional Trail.
In exchange for picking up trash and keeping an eye on the 3.1-mile section of the county’s East-West Regional Trail, Cabela’s will get a sign acknowledging their work. Company representatives said store employees and customers also will use the area to test new gear in an outdoor setting.
Cabela’s opened its Lone Tree store Aug. 15.
Though Cabela’s is the county’s first corporate trail sponsor, Burkhardt hopes it isn’t the last.
“We’re all for it,” he said. “We’re not just going to limit it to Cabela’s.”