Trails and Open Space
The following trails are proposed as part of the project:
- The bike trail will be extended through the Village connecting directly to the various hiking trailheads and accessing back country areas.
- Pedestrian pathways
- Skate trails throughout portions of the Village
Village Open Space Network
The Village Open Space Network will heighten the experience of being in a spectacular mountain setting by establishing a network of natural and pedestrian-oriented open spaces which weave through the Village areas while maximizing views to the surrounding mountainsides, forest and meadow. The plan sets aside acreage for this open space network which includes the Squaw Creek corridor, a vibrant pedestrian network, and generous landscape buffers and corridors that will help bring the forest into the Village. This network serves as the portal to the over 6,000 acres of adjacent recreational lands that surround the Village.
The plan is organized around a village pedestrian and open space network that provides links to all neighborhood areas and adjacent recreational areas. It also provides a pattern of landscaped buffers and corridors. This network enhances and renews the Village areas so they are connected, safe and walk-able. This open space network is made up of five basic components:
- Primary pedestrian corridors – These are the main pathways that interconnect all neighborhoods within the Village.
- Secondary pedestrian corridors – These consist of smaller passageways, alleys and lanes within each Village neighborhood.
- Gathering spaces – These include the snow beach (located at the southern edge of the plan area), plazas, courtyards and event venue spaces located along the pedestrian corridors.
- Landscape Corridors and Buffers – Generously landscaped open spaces within neighborhoods will provide visual buffers and links to the surrounding forested areas.
- Squaw Creek Preservation Corridor – A generous open space corridor is set aside for future enhancement and restoration activities.