Silver City will use funding from the VIVA Connects Community Grant to replace weathered trail kiosks at Boston Hill Open Space such as this one.

In 2018, Silver City was one of two communities awarded a VIVA Connects Community Grant. They are using the grant to improve trails and signage on Boston Hill, a popular open space developed on the remains of a former hard-rock mining area.

There have been two work days so far this year. Volunteers improved popular, official trails and eliminated some of the confusing social trails in order to make the trails easier to use and to reduce erosion.

Meanwhile, members of the Town of Silver City’s Open Space Advisory Committee are inventorying current signage. Silver City’s cartographer is working with the New Mexico Land Conservancy to create an updated map for visitors. Michele Giese, a Health Promotion Specialist with the NM Department of Health, is working with a local sign company to explore new routefinding signage options.

Check back for more updates on Silver City’s progress as well as reports from Moriarty, the other Community Grantee, where residents are extending a walking trail at the DWI Memorial of Perpetual Tears.