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Carbondale loves its trails

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By Lynn Burton

Sopris Sun Staff Writer

Carbondale folks love their trails, and may be willing to hike taxes for them and other recreation-related facilities.

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That’s one take on a just-released recreation survey the town will use in drafting a new 10-year master plan for recreation facilities and programs.

A whopping 761 surveys were completed and returned to the town, which planning firm Design Workshop said is “more than double the amount needed to be statistically significant for Carbondale.”

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Among the survey’s highlights:

• 73 percent of the respondents use the paved trail system every day, followed by 29 percent for dog parks, 24 percent for playgrounds in town parks, and 22 percent for athletic fields.

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• 75 percent of the respondents strongly support or somewhat support a ¼ cent sales-tax hike to maintain the current level of service.

Recreation director Jeff Jackel said a joint Parks/Recreation, and Bikes/Pedestrians/Trails committee meeting will be held to discuss the survey results at town hall at 6 p.m. on Nov. 3.

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The survey results will be posted on the town’s website later this week.

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