From the Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colorado (Edited)
By Dave Buchanan
Two trail projects in Mesa County will edge closer to completion with the help of $119,000 in grants from Great Outdoors Colorado and Colorado State Parks.
The two projects are the Jarvis Trail on the south edge of Grand Junction along the Colorado River, which received $59,000. It is part of $1.2 million in grants given to 23 trail projects across the state.
The Jarvis Trail work will extend an existing paved trail from Watson Island at the end of Seventh Street west toward Riverside Park. The 57-acre Jarvis property formerly was an auto salvage yard and has been undergoing a long-term renovation.
Joe Stevens of the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department said the GOCO grant will help build a 2,700-foot section of 12-foot wide trail past a pond built by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for endangered fish.
Still, this is not quite enough to reach the goal of connection the trail past downtown to Riverside Park.
"We are hopeful at some point of hooking up with Riverside Park, but right now it's not enough money," Stevens said.
Connection downtown and Riverside Park is a priority for the Riverfront Commission, which was instrumental in coordinating the grant application.