Fraser officials dedicate Fraser to Granby Trail |

Fraser officials dedicate Fraser to Granby Trail

Reid Tulley
Fraser, CO Colorado
Officials from the Town of Fraser, Headwaters Trails Alliance, Grand County and the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District cut the ribbon during dedication ceremonies for the Peterson Bridge on the Fraser to Granby Trail on Monday morning in Fraser. The bridge will allow trail users easier access to the Fraser Valley Sports Complex from Fraser. Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News
Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News | Sky-Hi News

FRASER – The last leg of the Fraser to Granby Trail is completed and is now open after a ribbon cutting ceremony that took place Monday, Oct. 15.

The ribbon was cut by Fraser’s Mayor Peggy Smith, who commented how proud she was of the different members of the community who brought all of their efforts together to complete this project.

Smith also commented how the trail, which spans from Granby all of the way to Fraser, shows what the community is really about.

The ribbon was cut after the completion of the Peterson Bridge, located just north of Fraser.

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“It’s nice to see all of the different entities pulling together,” said Jared Veenstra, project manager for the Town of Fraser. “The bridge looks like it belongs in the mountains.”

The bridge marks the end of the Peterson Fund, which through its lifetime helped to contribute around $200,000 to improving the community, according to Jeff Durbin, town manager of Fraser.

Larry Peterson, a very prominent figure in the Fraser Valley, died on Oct. 15, 2001, and left $50,000 to the town to be used for specified projects.

The town successfully leveraged the funds left by Peterson to a number of projects, which have positively impacted the community that he loved.

Other organizations present for the ribbon cutting were: Members of the Peterson family, who took the time to thank Durbin for his hard work in making this project happen; Grand County Commissioner James Newberry, who represented Grand County; Maura McKnght, executive director of Headwaters Trail Alliance, who brought together volunteers, funds, and much hard work to complete the project; and Dan O’Connell, chair of the Fraser Valley Metropolitan District, which contributed to the project as well.

The completion of this project shows what can be done when you pull together all of the different entities, said Newberry.

Durbin commented on how the project was a great “team effort” and how the trail will positively impact the community.

“This trail provides safe access to the ball fields,” Durbin said. “It is a big relief to have our kids off the road and on this trail.”

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