Wildcat Canyon Bridge at Lake Gulch / Inner Canyon

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  • Make a donation above. No minimum; all donations are appreciated! 

  • Sign up to volunteer at the summer 2020 Bridge Kickoff Event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background

The Lake Gulch and Inner Canyon trail junction at Castlewood Canyon State Park has been the subject of lengthy discussions and debate for many years. It's here that school children and hikers must cross the Cherry Creek over a series of boulders in order to complete a picturesque two mile loop.  This crossing is tricky even in perfect conditions. If the water is high, or after rains when the rocks are wet, the creek crossing becomes even more challenging.  Ice and snow can make the conditions impassable.

Recognizing the importance of this issue for all Park visitors, Friends of Castlewood Canyon has initiated a fundraising campaign to construct a bridge, the Wildcat Canyon Bridge, where Lake Gulch and Inner Canyon Trails meet.  Donations will supplement grants and other fund raising efforts as well as augment CPW approved Park capital expenditures.  Your donation is critical to the success of this project.  Please consider donating today!

Frequently Asked Questions:

How will be Park and its visitors benefit from the construction of this bridge?

Why build a bridge at this location?

Will completion of the bridge result in the closure of the existing boulder crossing?

What will the bridge look like?  What type of bridge is being considered?

When will the new bridge be ready for use?

Will the trails be closed while the proposed bridge is under construction?

What benefits will I receive from my donation?

Can I pay with a check instead of using Paypal or a credit card?

My company is interested in matching my donation.  Who should we contact to make arrangements?

What will happen to money donated if the project, for some reason, does not go forward?

Is my donation tax deductible?

Testimonials:

Read testimonials HERE.

 

How will be Park and its visitors benefit from the construction of this bridge?

Construction of the bridge will improve:

  1. SAFETY by enabling park visitors to safely cross Cherry Creek.

  2. EDUCATION by helping school groups cross efficiently.   Less time spent crossing equates to more time teaching students about the Park’s unique qualities.

  3. ENVIRONMENT by reducing impacts to the creekside environment, preserving the surrounding habitats for wildlife that live here, protecting the surrounding areas from further damage to fragile plant life, and promoting principles of Leave No Trace.

  4. ACCESSIBILITY by providing a much easier crossing for physically limited visitors.

  5. LEARNING by providing a "stage" to gather a school group or hiking group and showcase the Canyon from the perspective of the bridge. 

  6. CONNECTIVITY by strengthening this key intersection at the heart and soul of the Park.

Click HERE for first-hand experiences of Park staff, volunteers and visitors supporting the construction of this bridge. 

 

Why build a bridge at this location?

 

Wildcat Canyon has an important place in the history of Castlewood Canyon. First roamed by various Native peoples, then homesteaders and ranchers, this early name appears on a map dated 1902.

 

It is a natural place to encourage students of all ages to learn more about the history, the special nature of the environment and habitats, and fragile plant life.

 

Today more than 200,000 visitors a year visit Castlewood Canyon State Park Wildcat Canyon Bridge will become the meet up point connecting the east and west side of the canyon. Here, families, school groups, ecological observers, hikers, and casual day strollers will be able to cross safely without fear of landing in the creek.  The bridge will also support those with limited mobility to explore more of the Park’s trails and enhance the experiences of all. 

 

 

Will completion of the bridge result in the closure of the existing boulder crossing?

 

No, the existing “stepping stone” crossing will remain open for those who choose to enjoy a bit of a challenge.

 

 

What will the bridge look like?  What type of bridge is being considered?

Various types of bridges and materials are currently being considered.  The design will minimize the impact on the riparian ecosystem and the surrounding  wildlife at the bridge site, address storm water levels, visitor safety, and cost efficiency.  Modular designs will reduce the cost of transporting materials to the construction site. The current design is focused on using fiber reinforced plastic materials.

 

When will the new bridge be ready for use?

At this time, this project has been designated as a near-term priority by Park Management, with efforts focused towards completion of construction within the next 1 - 2 years.

 

Will the trails be closed while the proposed bridge is under construction?

The Park will make all efforts to keep trails open during construction of the proposed bridge.  Details about any necessary closures will be determined once the bridge design and construction approach are defined.  Trail status / conditions will be posted at trail heads during construction.

 

What benefits will I receive from my donation?

Yes, there are a variety of benefits available, depending on the donation level. The donation tiers and benefits are:

Donate a Dollar (DaD)

Donation Amount - $1 - $19

  • Every dollar donated is important to the success of this project and is truly appreciated. By donating even $1, you can feel good knowing you helped us reach our fundraising goal and are part of this exciting improvement to the trails at Castlewood Canyon.

 

Trail Hiker​

Donation Amount - $20 - $49

  • Every dollar donated is important to the success of this project and is truly appreciated. By donating even $20, you can have and even greater impact on this exciting improvement to the trails at Castlewood Canyon.

 

Trail Guide

Donation Amount - $50 - $199

  • Castlewood Canyon Sticker

 

Trail Explorer

Donation Amount - $200 - $499

  • 1 Bridge Plank Designated for Donor (see note 1)

  • Castlewood Canyon Sticker

  • $20 Merchandise Coupon

  • Name on Bridge Dedication Sign

 

Wildcat

Donation Amount - $500 - $999

  • 2 Bridge Planks Designated for Donor (see note 1)

  • “First Crossing” Photo (with group and with individual upon request)

  • Name on Plaque in Visitor Center

  • $20 Merchandise Coupon

  • Name on Bridge Dedication Sign

 

Pride of the Canyon

Donation Amount - $1,000 or more​​​

  • 4 Bridge Planks Designated for Donor (see note 1)

  • "First Steps" Bridge Party for 4 People (see note 3)

  • Guided Hike for up to 10 People (on trail of your choice)

  • Name on Plaque in Visitor Center

  • Name on Bridge Dedication Sign

Note 1: By donating at least $200 or more, you can become an “owner” of decking planks of the Wildcat Canyon Bridge.  Each Plank will be numbered, which will reference back to a displayed list of “Plank Owners.”  It's our way of acknowledging your inspiring donation towards the construction of the Wildcat Canyon Bridge.

Note 2: The “First Crossing” event invites those who donated $500 to $999 to join a group of individuals that will be the first hikers to cross the bridge on Dedication Day.

Note 3: The “First Steps” event invites those who donated $1,000 or more to join a unique group that will receive a tour of the Wildcat Canyon Bridge prior to Dedication Day.  Park volunteers will be on hand to explain the bridge’s unique construction, and interesting information about the riparian ecosystem Wildcat Canyon Bridge helps protect.

Note 4: Donors who contribute $100 or more will receive a letter for their tax records acknowledging their donation.   An email address or a valid physical address is needed to send this acknowledgement.   If you donate at the visitor center, the office attendant will be able to provide your tax letter.

Can I pay with a check instead of using Paypal or a credit card?

Yes.  Please write "bridge donation" in the note field of your check. Make checks payable to Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park and send to:

Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park

PO Box 403

Franktown, CO 80116

 

My company is interested in matching my donation.  Who should we contact to make arrangements?

Please send us an email here.

 

What will happen to money donated if the project, for some reason, does not go forward?

By donating to this project, you are donating to the Friends of Castlewood Canyon and to their efforts to protect, preserve and promote Castlewood Canyon State Park.  If circumstances arise that prevent this project from moving forward, your donation will be transferred to other projects of importance to the Park and its visitors.  At the current time, other projects on the horizon include a future educational center, visitor center renovations, additions and improvements to the interpretive experience at the Park, and environmental education initiatives.  If you are donating a sizable sum and would like to specifically restrict your donation, please contact us here.

 

Is my donation tax deductible?

Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. If you donate $100 or more, please be sure to provide contact email or address so we can send you an acknowledgement letter for your tax records.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“The Inner Canyon and Lake Gulch loop is Castlewood Canyon's most hiked route, and the majority of injuries or acute illnesses our visitors experience are along it.  When these events occur on Inner Canyon, one of the challenges has been extricating the patients across the creek to where we can drive them out on an off-road vehicle.  This often requires four to five rescuers carrying the patient through the creek bed where footing can be slippery and uncertain. A bridge would dramatically streamline these rescues, improving safety for patients and rescuers alike as well as expediting access to higher level care.” 

—  Brent Lounsbury, Park Manager

 

CONTACT FRIENDS

Friends of Castlewood Canyon

State Park

PO Box 403

Franktown, CO 80116

E: focwcsp@gmail.com

PARK ADDRESS

Castlewood Canyon State Park

2989 S. Highway 83

Franktown, CO 80116

T: (303) 688-5242

E: castlewood.canyon@state.co.us

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