Council considering parking permits near Lubahn Trail

Trailgoers would be limited to small sections of Belvedere

Paul Albani-Burgio
palbaniburgio@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/17/21

Anyone who has tried to park on the residential streets around the Lubahn Trail on South Table Mountain knows what a challenge it can be. But that situation could soon change if the Golden City …

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Council considering parking permits near Lubahn Trail

Trailgoers would be limited to small sections of Belvedere

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Anyone who has tried to park on the residential streets around the Lubahn Trail on South Table Mountain knows what a challenge it can be. But that situation could soon change if the Golden City Council decides to create a new parking permit area that would limit parking along those streets.

The city council held a discussion of the proposal, but did not make any decisions, during its meeting on May 11. Any decision will now wait until at least June 8, when the council is set to take up the issue again.

One reason the council chose to delay a decision is to allow more time to develop rules for the permit area: Golden Public Works Engineer Joseph Puhr said that the resolution that the city discussed would authorize a new permit area but that “details of that have not been worked out.”

“So whether or not it's an hourly parking permit scheme hasn't really been decided,” he said. “The area in the map (with the resolution) doesn't necessarily need to be the area of implementation out of the gate. That's kind of staff's first take on how far folks would be willing to go to go walk some more.”

That map shows the proposed permit parking area encompassing most of Belvedere Street as well as the blocks of 18th and 19th Streets east of East Street and Table Drive west of 21st Street. However, two small sections of Belvedere Street that are closest to the heads of the Lubahn and Olivine trails would be open to parking by trail users.

Several members of the council suggested that the city needed to gather more feedback about the proposal from relevant stakeholders, including users of the Lubahn and Olivine trails and Jefferson County Open Space. Jefferson County Open Space owns and manages much of the land surrounding the current Lubahn Trail, including the Olivine Trail.

During the meeting city staff, the city council directed city staff to work with JCOS to craft an intergovernmental agreement for JCOS to manage and maintain the Lubahn trail going forward. City council would ultimately have to sign off on that IGA.

Councilman Paul Haseman suggested that the possibility of such an IGA should inform decisions about the permit area, with the hours in which permit is in effect being matched to the hours JCOS trails are open.

“I think we've got enough assurance that we will do an IGA eventually that you can take those hours into account and use them as a parameter for what's next with the restrictions,” he said.

Councilman Rob Reed said the city also needs to ensure that it has enough input to determine that it is simply not transferring the issues from one set of blocks to another.

Another concern was the need to get input and ultimately ensure buy-in from Golden Police.

“I think to further that conversation about dates and hours we need to have that information about enforcement of that permit area,” said Mayor Laura Weinberg. “Because just putting up the signs that say permit parking without the enforcement is rarely successful.”

Council greenlights trail realignment

While the council was not yet ready to make a final decision about the Lubahn Trail, it did direct city staff to realign the upper portion of the Lubahn Trail. Engineers say that proposal, which was sent to the council for consideration by the city's Parks, Recreation and Museums board, would address several of the trail's longstanding issues, including worsening erosion and a current layout that effectively invites people onto private property.

Golden Parks Director Rod Tarullo said the project will likely cost $150,000 to $175,000. Tarullo said funding for the project is available in the city's Conservation Trust Fund for Lubahn, which led the city council to direct that the project go forward this year.

“Given that the trails and open space are expected to have another record year of visitation, my preference is we do the work as soon as possible,” Weinberg said.

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