Opening of Staunton State Park delayed until spring

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By Gabrielle Porter

The opening of Staunton State Park has been delayed until late spring 2013, park officials have revealed.

The 3,500-acre state park near Shaffers Crossing in Conifer was slated to open this month, but construction delays have pushed the opening back about six months, said park manager Jennifer Marten.

“We knew this was going to be a tight timeline for construction when we started the project. … As with any construction project, it didn’t go perfectly,” Marten said.

There have been delays in installing major utilities such as water, sewer and electricity, Marten said. She said construction would continue this fall.

“They’ll continue to do construction as long as the weather holds out,” she said.

The park’s development is set to happen in several phases.

• Phase one: The park will open with 18 miles of trails, with 10 miles for hikers, mountain bikers and horses, and 8 miles for hikers only. Rock-climbing routes also will open.

• Phase two: Campgrounds that are accessible either by car or by a short walk from a parking lot will be added.

• Phase three: Backcountry cabins, yurts and campsites will be added.

• Phase four: Suggestions for this phase have included an environmental education center and a shuttle system to transport people to and from trailheads. Other amenities may be included.

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