FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Grand Junction, CO – February 20th, 2013) Mesa Land Trust, the award-winning western Colorado land conservation organization, announces the Building a Vision for Monument Road project.
The Mesa Land Trust will host public meetings, provide an interactive on-line website, and meet with public groups to hear community input on support for a potential off-road bike path from downtown to the Colorado National Monument; safe crossings along Monument Road; potential for connecting neighborhoods, schools, and recreation areas by bike/pedestrian paths; protect existing view sheds; the potential to acquire additional open space along Monument Road, and more.
“We think the Monument Road Corridor is a world class resource offering scenic views of spectacular landscapes for Colorado National Monument visitors, visitors to the Grand Valley, locals and recreationists as well as providing opportunities that promote healthy lifestyles and economic activity,” states Rob Bleiberg, Executive Director, Mesa Land Trust.
The Mesa Land Trust, City of Grand Junction, Mesa County, the Colorado National Monument, and the BLM are partnering to convene a public dialogue about conservation and recreation goals for Monument Road. The Mesa Land Trust will work collaboratively with land owners, as it has over the past 30 years, to explore voluntary tools of conservation including Conservation Easements, Trail Easements, and land purchases to achieve opportunities presented by both landowners and the community.
We know from the amazing community support received for the preservation of the Three Sisters that recreation, landscapes, and scenic views are important to the community.
Rob Schoeber, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Grand Junction stated “We at the city are very excited about the acquisition of the Three Sisters and all the great new trail opportunities on that property for the public.”
“There are few places where downtown businesses are so close to beautiful recreation resources like the Colorado National Monument and Tabeguache trail area. Should part of the vision for Monument Road include safe off road trails that allow residents and visitors to ride bikes from downtown shops, restaurants, and hotels up along Monument Road to recreation destinations?” queried Bleiberg.
Mesa Land Trust will convene the public dialogue on trail connections, public safety, school accessibility by bike/foot, impact of recreation and conservation on Monument Road on downtown businesses, and more to contribute to a vision and implementation plan for project partners to utilize in determining planning priorities.
As Steve Gunderson, Western Slope Region President for US Bank, sums this project up well, stating that building this vision “strengthens the community by bringing people together to develop a stronger asset for our local residents and local economy.”
How to voice your input for the Monument Road vision
Attend public meetings listed below. These meetings will target specific stake holder groups. However, please attend a meeting that fits your schedule and your voice will be heard!
February 26th, 6-8 pm, Redlands Middle School (Glade Park Residents, Monument Road landowners, Redlands area residents)
February 27th, 12-2pm, Whitman Building (4th & Ute) (General Public, local business, downtown vendors)
February 27th, 6-8pm, Redlands Middle School (Recreationists)
Also, please go to our interactive website to provide input: www.monumentroadvision.com