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Community frustrated over Red Hill vandalism and seasonal damage

A pile of wood moved from where trail workers had previously placed it, and rearranged into a "bonfire like pile".
Courtesy image via the Town of Carbondale
A pile of wood moved from where trail workers had previously placed it, and rearranged into a "bonfire like pile".

Carbondale community members are expressing frustration about recent damage and vandalism to Red Hill Outdoor space. Red Hill Council caretakers implore through social media for anyone using the trails while muddy to stop immediately, as using the trails in that condition can cause quite a bit of damage. The Council has been repeating their mantra of “if you are leaving a track, please turn back.” Additionally, there was a recent incident of vandalism on the Mushroom Rock Trail, where intentionally-placed wood was moved and counter boxes were broken into. Trail reclamation efforts had been placing the woody debris throughout the trail over the past few years, and the vandals shifted the wood pieces into "over thirty [..] of what appeared to be large bonfire piles" and anyone involved in the vandalism has been "actively working to dismantle and undermine hundreds of hours of volunteer labor [...] equivalent to 7 to 10-thousand dollars worth of vandalism".

Town staff and Red Hill Council members have been working diligently to undo this damage, but ask that any regular trail users keep an eye out for problematic activity and report it to the Town of Carbondale Parks and Rec department, or to the Red Hill Council.

Hattison Rensberry has a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and Drawing, but has worked for newsrooms in various capacities since 2019.
She also provides Editorial Design for the Sopris Sun.