Plans are being finalized for a major new amenity in the Aperture neighborhood. As the spring snows melt and the season turns toward summer, construction will soon begin on Aperture’s River Trail. This project includes a new trail, a decorative screening fence, and native landscaping that will complement and extend the riparian ecosystem along the Slate River.
To enhance the view looking southwest from Aperture, a retaining wall topped by a Corten (weathering steel) fence will screen the Town of Crested Butte’s service yard located across the river. The Corten fence will oxidize over time, and the warm tones of the material will blend well with the existing landscape.
The trail will be lined with aspen, spruce and cottonwood trees to break up the mass of the Corten fence and to provide additional screening of the service yard. Willows and other native shrubs will extend from what’s already growing along the river bank. Locally sourced landscape boulders will be set into the grade to help hold soil and moisture, creating planting pockets for native grasses and wildflowers.
The new River Trail will provide homeowners and the public a convenient connection to the Crested Butte Recreation Path, which links the communities of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. Construction started this month and will be complete by fall 2019.