Pablo’s party raises funds for Bookends project

If you want to get in on something bigger than yourself, plan to be at Pablo’s Pizza in Grand Junction on Thursday night.

Mesa Land Trust is kicking off a fundraiser for the Bookends project, the purchase of two parcels of land off Monument Road. The vision is to one day have off-road trails for outdoor lovers to walk and bicycle safely from downtown to the Lunch Loops trail area and Colorado National Monument.

Mesa Land Trust last year facilitated the purchase and conservation of the Three Sisters area, a 130-acre parcel that was added to the Bureau of Land Management’s Lunch Loops area. The trust raised $723,000 mostly from grants to purchase the two parcels of 63 acres. It is seeking $102,000 more to complete the deal, which includes buying the land, transaction fees and park development fees.

“Basically at this point we’ve exhausted grant opportunities and we’re asking local businesses and individuals to go the final stretch,” said Libby Collins, project coordinator.

The two properties are directly northeast and southeast of the Lunch Loop trail head along Monument Road, the parcels dubbed the “Bookends.”

The Mesa Land Trust will continue fundraising in the hopes of buying land all along the corridor. A grand vision for the area includes incorporating a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly pathway to connect the Colorado Riverfront Trail to the east entrance of the monument.

“What I’m hoping is to get all of these people to learn that they can donate and make things happen, to draw them into the fray,” Collins said.

Pablo’s, 319 Main St, will donate a portion of sales Thursday to the Bookends Project. Bottled beer is $1 from 
5 to 9 p.m. A drawing is at 7 p.m. with prizes from Ruby Canyon Cycles, Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Bin 707, Pablo’s Pizza and Summit Canyon Mountaineering.


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