LoVa Trail gets funding to design missing segment
A project years in the making continues to move forward with local and statewide support. New Castle officials announced in February that it received grant money to design the middle portion of the Lower Valley (LoVa) Trail to Glenwood Springs.
The Trails Division of Colorado Parks and Wildlife grant, from the Non-Motorized Trails program, is for $45,000 to design the LoVa Trail from South Canyon to Canyon Creek.
Local matching funds from partners brings the total project to $98,000, confirmed LoVa Trails Director Jeanne Golay.
While this section, from South Canyon to Canyon Creek, will be the final of the three segments of the design of the trail between New Castle and Glenwood Springs to be completed, Golay said it was the steepest and most geographically challenging.
“The two bookends are nearly done with just the middle section remaining,” Golay said.
New Castle is seeking additional grant money from Greater Outdoors Colorado to help with the design.
New Castle Town Council member Greg Russi said the grant request is being reviewed by GOCO with an announcement on successful grant candidates expected on March 15.
Russi fully anticipates a positive outcome on their request.
“We are moving ahead with getting the last segment between Glenwood Springs and New Castle done, and then we can start going after construction grants,” Golay added.
Named on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s “16 in 2016” (a list of highest priority trails where there are currently trail gaps, missing trail segments and unbuilt trails) the LoVa trail looks to eventually establish a paved trail along Interstate 70 from Glenwood Springs to beyond Parachute. While the project has taken some time to get to this point, once the design is done, the LoVa Trail may become a project that spans Garfield County.
“We hope to have the entire nine-mile stretch between New Castle and Glenwood Springs completely planned 12 months from now,” Russi said. “We are already past halfway.”