Current Projects

Outdoor Pickleball Courts at Schneider Park

Construction is beginning in Schneider Park!  FCI Constructors, Inc. has placed fencing and is starting work that will include a six-court Pickleball facility, the addition of Animas River Trail lighting, public art, shade structures, picnic tables, benches, bike racks, a swing set and surrounding landscaping.  First steps will include the protection and relocation of existing trees followed by site excavation. The project will proceed as weather permits this year, with completion and landscaping to occur in spring of next year. During construction, the drive aisle access to Schneider Park, the parking and the Animas River Trail will remain open and accessible. This project will provide an activation of the park with additional improvements proposed in 2024 to include the re-development of Roosa Avenue and new restrooms.

 A neighborhood meeting was held on Wednesday, September 6th and was well attended by approximately 40 residents. City staff provided a summary of the project and an opportunity to answer questions. Local park users and Pickleball enthusiasts were upbeat about the launch of the project.

Drawing of aerial view of Schneider pickleball courts looking southwestConceptual sketch of Schneider Park pickleball courts.

SMART 160 Trail East to Three Springs

The multi-use, hard-surface, SMART 160 Trail connection will be the primary community trail corridor between the Three Springs area of Durango and the Animas River Trail within the City of Durango. The final build out of the SMART 160 Trail will provide approximately 2.6 miles of trail.  Progress has been made with development of portions of the trail on the both the western and eastern ends of the connection.  

The preliminary alignment for the remaining portion of trail has been identified in coordination with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and adjacent property owners.  The 1.25 mile long trail segment corridor included in SMART 160 East Trail Connection project will provide public trail connection between a proposed future underpass of Highway 550/160 at the Sale Barn trailhead and the developed trail at the Highway 550/160 overpass bridge structures, linking central Durango to the Three Springs area of the community together. 

Trail Construction Continues at Durango Mesa Park

The City of Durango and Durango Mesa Park Foundation are building a maintenance access route this week at Durango Mesa Park that will enable trail construction crews to access the areas where trail build will occur beginning later this spring. Equipment and materials may be visible from the Horse Gulch trail system. Following the creation of the maintenance access, trail construction of six new trails will take place. These trails have been designed for specific uses, experiences, directional travel and will provide you with a taste of what is in store for Durango Mesa Park as the full vision takes shape. New trails and the maintenance access will remain closed to the public during construction. Durango Mesa Park is private property and we ask the community to respect this by refraining from entering until we have announced that the trails are open. Please observe all signs that will be in place during construction.

“We are looking forward to partnering with Progressive Trail Design, Durango Trails and AJ Construction trail crews to build these first few Durango Mesa Park trails,” said Parks and Recreation Director Ture Nycum. “Thank you, in advance, for your patience while this work is being done.”

Trail construction signage

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Durango Mesa Park Project Process

Durango Mesa Park Project Process

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Durango Mesa Park Timeline From 2015 to TodayDurango Mesa Park Timeline Opens in new windowClick on image to view a larger pdf of image

Animas River Trail Asphalt Replacement Sections

North and South ART sections from Santa Rita Park and Demon Bridge to 29th Street Art Section

There are 3 remaining substandard sections of ART along the 9-mile corridor - North of Santa Rita Park, South of Santa Rita Park and from Demon Bridge to 29th Street.  The City has started design and engineering for these sections. Construction is slated to begin on one of the projects in Summer 2023. Preliminary analysis of the Low Bridge and Demon Bridge concluded that both are at the end of their lifespan and should be replaced; therefore, design includes replacement of both bridges with construction prioritized as funds allow.