Updated trails master plan adds focus to schools’ safety
Planners who are focused on urban-area trails and paths showed off Tuesday some modern additions to a decades-old master plan of Grand Valley trails.
Members of the Urban Trails Committee hope that the updated Grand Valley Trails Master Plan — on public display Tuesday afternoon during an open house at the Mesa County Central Services Building — becomes the start of a renewed effort to update the area’s network of non-motorized rights-of-way.
“The goal … is to share the plan with the public, and receive some feedback. And then the next step will be to take it to the planning commissions of both the city and the county,” said Dave Grossman, executive director of the Grand Valley Trails Alliance, and a Urban Trails Committee member.
The Grand Valley Trails Master Plan goes back to the 1990s, but the modern iteration showed Tuesday builds on that plan to create a more complete modern network of trails and paths.
“What it does is sort of do some in-fill, and makes connections that were missing in previous documents and planning efforts,” Grossman said.
One of the areas the new plan provides renewed focus is having safe connections to local schools, making sure there are good sidewalks and bike paths that connect the community to school properties.
“Busing has changed here in the Grand Valley, and having good ways to get kids to school that don’t require a car is a challenge right now, and I think this plan provides some good opportunities,” Grossman said.
Another issue that the revised plan raises anew is the possibility of coordinating path networks with the many irrigation canals that form their own web across large swaths of the valley.
The detailed Grand Valley Trails Master Plan is available for download at rtpo.mesacounty.us.