Farmington continues efforts to connect trails along the Animas River

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
The Among the Waters Trail is pictured, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Farmington. The city is working to connect the trail with Boyd Park.

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department hopes to work with other city departments, including Public Works, to complete the trail system linking the confluence of the Animas and San Juan rivers to the trail system that goes along the river to Browning Parkway.

PRCA Parks Planner Rachelle Crosby presented some details about the upcoming work to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Area commission on Oct. 15 during its monthly meeting.

This approach of teaming up with other city departments, rather than seeking a subcontractor, is relatively new, Crosby said.

“We’re learning what it’s like to now work together inter-departmentally to complete these projects,” Crosby said.  

She said the city does not yet have right of way to connect the trail to Boyd Park as planned, which could mean the trail may have to go under West Murray Drive and take trail users onto sidewalks for a short distance.

Work is underway to connect the Among the Waters trail with the trail in Boyd Park.

Crosby said the PRCA is hoping to use existing contracts for the retaining walls and pedestrian bridges needed along the trail.

One of those bridges may span a portion of the Among the Waters trail that washed out three years ago along a ditch. 

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at

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