The City of Grand Junction and Colorado West Land Trust, along with many other partners, are celebrating a “Chain Breaking Event” for the Lunch Loop Connector Trail on Thursday, February 20th, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. The dedication event will take place in the Lunch Loop Trailhead Parking Lot off of Monument Road, 2457 Monument Road. Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend to celebrate this significant improvement.
This project now links some of the Grand Valley’s most popular amenities and neighborhoods to the world renown and community favorite Lunch Loop and Three Sisters trail system. The construction of the 1.5-mile, paved, off street/pedestrian trail began in 2019. With the recent completion, outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities will enjoy a safe and almost seamless outdoor linear park that connects Las Colonias, the Audubon Trail, Connected Lakes, downtown Grand Junction, the Lunch Loops and Three Sisters open space.
The project budget was $2.5 million, with the vast majority of this cost covered by grant dollars. A $1,500,000 grant was secured in 2018 from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), which distributes competitive grants from proceeds from the Colorado Lottery. Additionally, the Colorado West Land Trust, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Bacon Family Foundation, the Goodwin Foundation, One Riverfront, El Pomar, the Gates Family Foundation, contributed over a collective $550,000. The equates to over 80% of the project being grant funded or fundraised locally. The balance was covered by $225,000 each from the City of Grand Junction and Mesa County.
The completion of the Lunch Loop Connector Trail signifies our commitment to quality of life by the City of Grand Junction, along with our partners. This furthers our area as a premiere outdoor recreation destination for residents and visitors to the Western Slope.
For more information, please contact:
Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Libby Collins, Colorado West Land Trust, email@example.com, 970-263-5443