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Take a survey about your access to the outdoors

Sharon Sullivan

By taking an online survey, residents can help Mesa County identify barriers in the community to getting outdoors.

The county won a $37,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant for a project called “Pathways to Nature” that will help determine families’ and young people’s connection with nature and the outdoors.

All community members are encouraged to take the short survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mchd_goco.

“The more people who take the survey, the more information our team will have,” said Veronica Daehn Harvey, of the Mesa County Health Department.

“The more people who take the survey, the more information our team will have.”
Veronica Daehn Harvey
Mesa County Health Department PIO

The project includes mapping of trails, parks and other outdoor space to see where the outdoors is accessible for families, and where the gaps are, Harvey said.

After analyzing survey results, project leaders will report to the community recommendations for improving access to the outdoors.

Great Outdoors Colorado uses a portion of Lottery proceeds to preserve, protect and enhance the state’s wildlife, parks, rivers, trails and open spaces.

The Mesa County project team includes representatives from the health department, Mesa County Planning Division and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

An 18-member advisory group also serves to help guide the project and develop recommendations and action plans. Members include representatives of Grand Junction, Fruita and Palisade parks and recreation departments, the National Forest Service, Girl Scouts of Colorado, the Grand Valley Trails Alliance, the Grand Valley Audubon Society, Primary Care Partners, the Colorado Riverfront Commission, Colorado State University Extension Office/4-H, Mesa Land Trust, Cabela’s, Mind Springs Health, Partnership for Children and Families, Mesa County Fairgrounds/Parks, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, National Park Service and Colorado Parks, and Wildlife Sportsmen’s Roundtable.

For more information, call the Mesa County Health Department at 970-248-6927 or visit http://www.health.mesacounty.us.

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