Briefs: Arbor Day in Aspen postponed; intersection closure and trail delays next week

Arbor Day event canceled

The City of Aspen Arbor Day festivities scheduled for Saturday at Paepcke Park have been postponed to a later date due to snow and cold temperatures. Saturday’s event was to include tree giveaways and family activities.

Aspen intersection closing next week

The intersection of Spring Street and Cooper Avenue in Aspen will be closed for five days Monday through Friday next week.

The closure of the intersection is necessary for the new asphalt pavement, according to a press release from the city of Aspen. Buses will be diverted and traffic diversions will be posted. Pedestrian access to businesses on this block will be open.

The Spring and Cooper intersection was identified as the second most accident-prone place downtown in a 2019 study and was later targeted for safety improvements in Aspen’s Cycling Pedestrian Master Plan, which describes the community’s desire to create a walkable, bike-friendly city. The objectives of the project are to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety by increasing visibility and reducing pedestrian exposure time at the crosswalk.

For more information on the project and timeline, visit the project webpage at

Delays on Rio Grande Trail next week

Aspen Tree Service will remove dangerous trees from the Rio Grande Trail between Stein Park and Shale Bluffs next week. Crews will work from approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The trail will remain open, but users should expect delays.

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