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Ruth Roberts Connector Trail
Colorado Lottery Starburst Award Winner!

The City and County of Broomfield was selected by the Colorado Lottery as a 2016 Starburst Award recipient for the Ruth Roberts Connector Trail and Pedestrian Bridge project. The Starburst Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery funds for community and conservation projects.

Ruth Roberts OS pedestrian bridgeThe Connector Trail runs through the Ruth Roberts Open Space, which is owned by Boulder County and was purchased in part with funds from Broomfield. Broomfield worked in partnership with Boulder County to complete this project, and together the agencies undertook the planning and construction of this trail and the accompanying pedestrian bridge. The construction planning began in 2012, and the trail opened to the public in July 2014. This project consisted of an eight-foot wide crusher fines connector trail that is 0.9 miles long with a pedestrian bridge spanning a natural drainageway. 

The Ruth Roberts Connector Trail and pedestrian bridge create an important link between the Rock Creek Trail Runners on trailand the much-loved Lake Link Trail. The Trail provides hundreds of homes with a direct way to access Ruth Roberts Open Space. Previously, residents had no way to hike through this open space and could only view it from afar. This new accessibility is part of Broomfield’s annual hiking challenge, the Broomfield 100. This project helps fulfill Broomfield’s goal of creating more robust trail connections for citizens!

Broomfield is honored to have received the Great Outdoors Colorado/State Trails Grant and is excited to be recognized with the Starburst Award.



Ruth Roberts Connector Trail Dedication

The Ruth Roberts Connector Trail, providing a trail link between Broomfield’s Lake Link Trail and the Boulder County Rock Creek Trail, opened to the public in July 2014. A dedication ceremony took place on June 24, 2015. 

View from Ruth Robert OSIn fall 2014, volunteer youth from both Broomfield and Boulder County completed the revegetation work along the sides of the trail. This project was a cooperative effort between the City and County of Broomfield and Boulder County. Colorado State Trails/Great Outdoors Colorado provided a $45,000 grant toward the construction.

The crusher fines trail is approximately .9 miles long, and includes an approximately 45-foot long and 10-foot wide steel bridge to allow for access across a drainage way. The project opened up many regional and local trails to citizens in Boulder County as well as the City and County of Broomfield. 

View map of the project.

 Boulder Youth Corps  Ribbon cutting Ruth Roberts Trail  Ribbon cutting Ruth Roberts Trail
Members of Boulder Youth Corps Boulder County Commissioner Cindy Domenico and Broomfield Councilmember Sharon Tessier cutting ribbon Dedication ceremony attendees