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The Lee Lateral Ditch Trail is a hike-and-bike running east-west in the Denver suburb of Thornton. The trail connects residents to a number of recreational destinations along its route, from the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center and Trail Winds Open Space in the east to Heritage Park, Cottonwood Park and Lake Village Park. The concrete pathway is part of the Eastlake Heritage Trail, a loop trail that celebrates the history of Eastlake, now part of Thornton, which began as a railroad village founded by Union Pacific. Interactive installations including a railroad hand cart as well as interpretive signage help illustrate this history.
Parking is available at either end of the trail. On the west side, park at Lake Village Park. There is a small lot on York Street where near the intersection with the Signal Ditch Trail and another off Fillmore Court, just north of 128th Avenue. On the west end, park at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center (5310 E 136th Ave, Thornton). The trail curves around the east end of the building into the open space behind it. There are also access points from the surrounding neighborhoods for those joining the trail on foot or by bike.
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