We have just been informed that the Board of County Commissioners will be considering the contracts to build Phase 3 of the Riverfront Trail connecting the last section of trail between Fruita and Grand Junction. This is another attack on the Riverfront Trail project that is separate from their threat to defund the Riverfront Commission. Take action in support of the Riverfront Trail.
The Riverfront Trail between Grand Junction and Fruita was divided into three sections to be built in three phases. Phase 1 was completed in the fall of 2012 and connected the Blue Heron Boat Ramp in Grand Junction to the Walter Walker Wildlife area three miles downstream. Phase 2 is nearly complete and runs from the Fruita Visitor Center to 18 1/2 Road. Phase 3 is currently scheduled to be completed spring of 2014 and will connect 18 1/2 Road to the Walter Walker Wildlife area and complete the currently proposed Western section of the trail.
Because of the longterm, significant and ongoing support within our community, the Riverfront Project has received exceptional and invaluable support from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and many other foundations to work with landowners and acquire easements or land, construct the trail and provide signage. GOCO has contributed nearly $23 MILLION dollars in support of this project over the past 25 years.
A leader in this support has been Mesa County. Since 2006, Mesa County has moved the project along and without the support of County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca and staff including Greg Linza. Their leadership over these past 7 years has taken the Riverfront Trail to the next level. They should be commended for these efforts.
That work is now in jeopardy.
The Board of County Commissioners will be in their regular meeting considering a consent agenda that contains confirmation to sign the contracts to complete the work for Phase 3. Please come out in support of the Riverfront Trail and ensure the County signs the contracts and Phase 3 of the Fruita section of the Riverfront Trail is complete.When: Monday, November 18th at 9am Where: Old County Court House Public Hearing Room (2nd Floor)
Please contact the Board of County Commissioners and let them know that they need to sign the contracts and complete Phase 3.
Rose Pugliese email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 244-1606
Steve Acquafresca email:Steve.Acquafresca@mesacounty.us 244-1604
John Justman email: email@example.com 244-1605
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