By Jared Chatterly, Director of Outdoor Recreation, City of Trinidad
The Purgatoire River flows through the heart of the City of Trinidad, Colorado, the county seat of Las Animas County.
In 2020 Fishers Peak State Park, Colorado's 42nd and 2nd largest state park, was created. Just south of Trinidad, this new state park has sparked an economic resurgence and a desire to develop and promote Trinidad's outdoor recreation assets in an effort to bolster Trinidad's economy and develop Trinidad into an outdoor recreation destination.
With Trinidad Lake State Park to the west, and now Fishers Peak State Park to the south, Trinidad was lacking one more marquee recreation asset to complete its outdoor recreation trifecta. It has been said that every cool Colorado town has a cool river walk. Trinidad wants to be the next up and coming, cool, Colorado town and as such needs a cool river walk. After some initial conversations, the City issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) soliciting the services of a consulting team for the purpose of developing the Purgatoire River Vision Plan (PRVP). The Greenway Foundation (TGF) responded to the RFP and, after the review process, was awarded the opportunity to start the visioning process.
TGF, in partnership with the Architerra Group and Reed Consulting, has met with interest groups and engaged the community in several public meetings to ascertain what it is the people of Trinidad and Las Animas County would like to see as a vision for the Purgatoire River. Upon the completion of the PRVP, efforts will then take place to obtain the needed to evolve “vision” into “reality”!