Volunteer program provides feedback on trails

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The trail host program in Westminster is a new volunteer program that started last month.

Open Space Volunteer Coordinator Patti Wright said the purpose of the program is to provide feedback to the city about trail conditions as well as gain comments from trail users.

“We want to provide a friendly and safe environment for those using the trails,” Wright said. “We think it’s reassuring to people seeing a friendly face riding around who can answer questions.”

Currently there are 23 volunteers patrolling six trail routes.

The volunteers undergo a training process and then commit to riding three trails a month.

Each host must also log what they observed during their ride and any comments he or she heard from people.

Wright said she’s asking a lot out of the volunteers, so those who stepped up are really dedicated.

“Once the volunteers go through the training, we asked them again if they still want to become a trial host,” she said. “This isn’t something easy to do. It’s a big time commitment. We have over 90 miles of trail in the city.”

Wright will be training another eight volunteers soon, and then the program will be full for this year.

She said she’s already started a waiting list for 2014 with people interested in volunteering. In the past month, Wright’s heard a lot of useful feedback and she’s excited to hear from more trail users.

“We want to know what people enjoy about the trails and we also want to hear suggestions,” she said. “Hearing what people think is really valuable to us. It’s direct feedback from the people who we serve.”

For more information on the trail host program, contact Wright at 303-658-2201.