Rio Grande Trail Celebration a huge success thanks to community support
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, New Century Transportation Foundation, Rock Bottom Ranch and Aspen Center for Environmental Studies wish to thank all of the individuals who participated in the highly successful Oct. 21 Rio Grande Trail Celebration and Rock Bottom Ranch Harvest Party.Close to 500 attendees arrived via bike, walking, horseback and RFTA shuttle service. The celebration party was a wonderful tribute to a beautiful stretch of trail and educational environment along the Roaring Fork River. With completion of the Rock Bottom segment of the trail, the Roaring Fork Valley now has 33 miles of continuous, safe trail, and it’s possible to bike from Carbondale to upvalley communities completely protected from vehicular traffic.Special thanks are extended to our wonderful volunteers and RFTA staff: Haley Harris, Robert Comey, Carol Padget, Russ Decker and Mike Hermes and to Hooks Spur Road neighbors for their cooperation with the event. And to Ute City Cycles for the bike racks and free rentals and demos.Rock Bottom Ranch and Aspen Center for Environmental Studies staff includes: Allison Holmes, Tom Cardamone, Lindsy Stinnett, Sarah Meserve, Sarah Schmidt, Sarah Johnson, Aaron Taylor, Mollie Rice, Marta Darby, Evan Menzel, Laurel Olson, Rebecca Hooley, Suzanne Morrison, John VanNostrand, Anda Smalls, Kristin Lidman, Suzanne Fitzgerald, Mike Spayd and Adam Hancock.Additional volunteers included Cory Scheffel, David Hamilton, Cody Owens, Margaret Fitzpatrick, Frank and Rosalee McSwain, Russ Decker, Karin Gamba, Jessica Tuttle, Carol Stepniewski and Abbie Kruse.A special thank-you to Kristie Buckley with the Glenwood Springs Chamber for the wonderful artwork on flyers and advertisements.Sponsors included RFTA, NCTF, RBR/ACES, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort, Aspen Earth Moving, Colorado Mountain News Media, Cottle Carr Yaw Architects, KSPN, OTAK, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, Sopris Engineering, Ute City Cycles, Paradise Bakery of Aspen, El Jebel City Market and Grana Bakery.Door prizes were donated by Stapleton Sports, Butcher Block, City Market/Aspen, Red Onion Restaurant, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Ute Mountaineer, Starbucks/Aspen, Fete d’Jour, McDonald’s/Aspen, Ute City Cycles, Ute Mountaineer, Alpine Angling, Carbondale Vineyard, City Market, Garcia’s, Peppino’s, Village Smithy, Midland Shoe, Ute City Cycles, Roaring Fork Co-op, Dreamtime Water, Dos Gringos, The Floral Boutique, Alpine Bank, Pour House, Regalos, and Sherpa/Moon Beam.The music provided by Don Payne and the Last Minute String Band was perfect for the occasion especially on a chilly afternoon! Kristine Leahy is the New Century Transportation Foundation’s event coordinator, and Cathy Tuttle is NCTF’s bike and pedestrian friendly region director. For more information on ways to volunteer or for general information regarding transit and trails issues in our valley, please visit http://www.newcenturytrans.org or http://www.RFTA.com, or call 704-9200.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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