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Headwaters Trails Alliance announces $100,000 grant from the Sprout Fund of the Grand Foundation

Reid Armstrong
rarmstrong@skyhidailynews.com
Grand County, CO Colorado

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News

The Sprout Fund of the Grand Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to Headwaters Trails Alliance to complete the Fraser to Granby Trail.

This family-friendly, multi-use trail begins at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex and ends at the intersection of Ten Mile Drive and Village Road in the Granby Ranch subdivision.

The trail will be completed to the stoplight at Thompson Road where trail users can then access the existing trail bordering the Grand Elk subdivision and follow it to its terminus at Kaibab Park. The original section of trail completed in 1999 connected the sports complex to Tabernash. It has been extended toward Granby as funding and easements have allowed.

“This is a very exciting project” said HTA Executive Director Maura McKnight, “So many people have worked so hard to bring the Fraser to Granby Trail to a reality, and we are thrilled that the Sprout Fund of the Grand Foundation will allow us to see through the final stage of this multi-year project.”

A request for proposals has been posted on the Headwaters Trails website and packets are due back May 18.

The bulk of the cost is going to be getting over Ten Mile Creek, McKnight said. HTA will hire an

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environmental consultant and contractor team to determine the best way to reach the highway with least environmental impact.

The trail will then continue north of SilverCreek, crossing the highway at the stoplight and adjoining the Grand Elk trail complex. HTA will post signage as necessary along the Grand Elk trail to direct people toward town. Where the Grand Elk trail ends in front of Winter Park Sage, signs and painted lines will direct trail users behind the firehouse and across the red pedestrian bridge into Kaibab Park.

At the same time, the Town of Granby has prioritized building a trail along the highway from downtown to South Granby, which will give pedestrians an alternative route. The town is also working on a pedestrian bridge to Kaibab Park over the railway.

On the other side of the Fraser Valley Sports Complex, there’s a big push from the Town of Fraser and the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District to build a trail that will bring kids safely from Fraser Elementary School to the ice rink and ball fields. Andy Miller of Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails is helping move that section of the project, known as the Pedersen Trail, forward, McKnight said. The trail will use the CDOT right of way. McKnight said she has also applied for a grant to finance that trail.

McKnight said HTA is working actively on the East Shore Trail, which will eventually connect Granby to Grand Lake. The trail, which crosses National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service land has been delineated. This summer, the organization will seek an environmental assessment, the final step before installing the multiuse trail. HTA has also paid for a study to determine the best route from Arapaho Bay to Granby.

The section completing the trail to Granby should be done by the end of summer, early fall, McKnight said.

For more information about HTA, or to obtain the RFP for this project, please visit: http://www.headwaterstrails.org

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