Grant gives traction to LoVa trail efforts
Bicycling through South Canyon looks as if it will become a starkly different experience thanks to a $1,253,175 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado.The grant will allow design and construction from West Glenwood to South Canyon over the next few years. It also will provide momentum for trail backers as they push to extend the trail to Canyon Creek, and work on trail segments farther west as well.The trail will be welcomed by recreationists in general, but especially by cyclists. They now have no choice but to share a highway chock full of commuters, interstate travelers and semis – or simply avoid South Canyon altogether.Bikers and pedestrians enjoy a world-class trail in Glenwood Canyon, just east of town, but just to the west they encounter a world-class obstacle to further travel.That’s just what trail advocates were thinking a few years back when they began to push the idea of offering an off-highway option through South Canyon.LoVa – the Lower Valley Trails Group – has been nothing if not persistent, and in time has won substantial support from important backers including Garfield County and the Colorado Department of Transportation. But GOCO’s financial backing is the biggest by far, and will allow all this trail talk to turn into something concrete – and vehicle-free.Credit goes to GOCO for recognizing the importance of the LoVa project, and to other supporters such as the county and CDOT. But credit goes most of all to LoVa, whose members dared to dream big and worked to make those dreams start to come true.Still, LoVa’s trail project remains in its early stages. It continues to look for more money, and some of that money will come from a capital campaign. This campaign will give all who support trails the chance to go the extra mile to help make them financially possible.
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