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Parks, Open Space and Trails

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Hours of use for Greenway Trailheads and Greenway Lands is 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset, while the Greenway Trail itself is open 24 hours, 7 days a week given there is continuous movement on the trail. Learn more about rules and regulations on public lands. 

What is a Greenway?

For some residents of Longmont and those in surrounding areas, a greenway (extended trail) serves as a sanctuary--an oasis from the noise and pace of everyday life. For others, it serves as an alternative to sharing the streets with motorized vehicles.

Weaving through parks and alongside rivers, creeks, ditches, and lakes, greenways protect neighboring wildlife areas, while also providing opportunities for both environmental and recreational activities. Additionally, greenways serve as maintenance access for storm drainage functions throughout our city.

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Additional Greenway/Trail Resources

 

 

 

List of Longmont Greenways

  • Oligarchy Greenway

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    1. Address:n/a
      Longmont, CO n/a
    Amenities:
    1. Trails (Paved)
    Categories:
    1. Greenway
    2. Parks

Hours of use for Greenway Trailheads and Greenway Lands is 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset, while the Greenway Trail itself is open 24 hours, 7 days a week given there is continuous movement on the trail. Learn more about rules and regulations on public lands.

The Oligarchy Greenway is developed along part of the Oligarchy Ditch which runs through Longmont from McIntosh Lake (at the western end) to Union Reservoir (at the eastern end). The Oligarchy Ditch takes its name from the way most ditch companies were structured; "Oligarchy" means "government by the few." It is one of the earliest ditches built for Longmont's farmers and is considered a historic site.

To date, the greenway exists from McIntosh Lake (at Airport Road in the Shores neighborhood) to Garden Acres Community Park, and again from Mountain View Avenue (just west of Lashley Street) to Third Avenue (near Pace Street). Features found along this trail system include McIntosh Lake Nature Area, Boulder County Lohr Agricultural Heritage Center (off Highway 66), Flanders Neighborhood Park, Dawson Neighborhood Park, Garden Acres Community Park, Clark Centennial Community Park and Rothrock Dell Neighborhood Park.

For more information, contact Parks, Open Space & Trails.

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