Work on the second paved trail between Fort Collins and Loveland, CO. is underway. Located to the west side of each city the trail, once completed, with connect the city trail system from Loveland to Fort Collins, and will include the much-anticipated Long View Trail.
In Loveland, The Long View Trail will start at 57th Street and Taft Avenue, continue across the intersection of the two streets to the Sunset Vista Natural Area, and north to Fort Collins, locating parallel to Taft Avenue in Loveland and then Shields Street in Fort Collins.
With the completion of the trail it will connect the two cities, providing more access to the nineteen miles of recreation trails in Loveland and thirty-five miles of trails within the city limits of Fort Collins.
The 4.4-mile trail, which will be paved, will pass through the existing Long View Corridor, a separator comprised of protected public and farmland, and will also pass through five existing open spaces and natural areas. One of the five, Sunset Vista, in northern Loveland, will have a trailhead and provided twenty-three parking spaces. Individuals who use the trail will encounter wetlands, home to various populations.
Construction of the Long View Trail started November 6, 2017, and will be completed in early summer 2018. The trailhead is expected to be constructed in May 2017. The opening of the trail is expected to occur around July 1, 2018.
A partnership between the City of Loveland, The City of Fort Collins, and Larimer County, the project will estimate to cost about $3.9 million dollars. Half of the cost will be covered by grants. One million dollars will come from a Great Outdoors Colorado grant and one million will come from a Transportation Alternatives Program grant, which originated with the Colorado Department of Transportation. The remaining costs will be covered by the cities and the county, based on jurisdiction.