Detailed Updates on Glen Canyon Trails Improvement Project

Project Team Walking South along East Slope of Canyon to Plan Last Set of New Steps

Contractor completing trail and box step work on the east slope of the Canyon

  • New steps along trail near Christopher Playground are nearly done
  • The contractor will install about 30 feet of split rail fencing along the north side of the steps to discourage folks from shortcutting through sensitive plant area
  • The area on either side of the new steps and trail will also be seeded to help plants reestablish
  • The entrance at Christopher Playground should be opened by end of next week
  • There is one more section of trail and box steps just down slope from the steps to Christopher that should also be completed in next 2 weeks
  • Much closer to the rec center, there is a trail reroute in a very steep area, that involves one more set of box steps and stringer steps
Steps Near Christopher Playground: in progress

Steps Near Christopher Playground: in progress

Steps Near Christopher Playground: near completion

Steps Near Christopher Playground: near completion

Trail between Bosworth and Silver Tree

  • This is the section of trail that is being improved to meet ADA Outdoor Accessibility guidelines, which requires a lot of field coordination to meet requirements
  • We encountered some technical issues during construction of retaining walls installed just south of Silver Tree, which caused fairly major delays
  • The 2 walls closest to Silver Tree are nearly completed
  • There will be one more retaining wall and a small trail re-route near the trail fork closer to Bosworth
Before

Before

During

During

Near Completion

Near Completion

Stairs from Elk Street @ Sussex

  • We are committed to replacing the steps that enter the park from Elk Street @ Sussex
  • Our hope was to add this scope to the trail improvement project; however, because we are so far behind schedule with the base bid work for the trails project, there is a chance that this work will be completed under a separate contract.  In any case, we are coordinating with Glen Ridge, Silver Tree, and the community and know that it is a high neighborhood priority so are pursuing the most expedient and cost-efficient mechanism for completion

Stormwater/ Flooding/ Erosion Control Measures

  • Per request from Rec and Park, the contractor will be installing some more robust temporary storm water control measures around their staging area and along Alms Road to minimize erosion and damage to the road
Installing Erosion Control Measures

Installing Erosion Control Measures

Wayfinding and Interpretive Signage

  • Accompanying the new and improved trails will be several interpretive sign panels depicting 3 different ecological systems as well as the Canyon history.  We will also be installing entrance signs with maps at key entrances and small way-finding placards on posts throughout the trail system