Re-purposed parking meters in Steamboat Springs let hikers donate to trail maintenance on the spot

Re-purposed parking meters in Steamboat Springs let hikers donate to trail maintenance on the spot

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — New donation stations will allow Colorado outdoor trail users to donate money directly to their maintenance.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today reported Thursday that stations have been installed in 10 locations along nonmotorized trails around Steamboat Springs.

The stations register donations made by inserting credit cards into the repurposed parking meters. The minimum contribution accepted is $5.

A mobile station will also allow volunteers working on building and maintaining trails to collect donations.

The Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund is operated by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. The foundation says it hopes to raise $1 million to $1.5 million by 2026 for trail maintenance near the resort city 156 miles northwest of Denver. A foundation official says the endowment currently has just under $500,000.

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