Bikers flock to new Lunch Loop Park
Jen Taylor built it, and they came Saturday.
And in numbers nobody anticipated.
By 9 a.m., the parking lot of Tabeguache trail head was over capacity. Cars lined the shoulder of both sides of Monument Road for roughly a quarter-mile as biking enthusiasts stopped in for their first look at the new Lunch Loop Bike Park.
Taylor, a board member with the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, addressed a crowd estimated at one point around 200 people during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the project.
Taylor is credited as the key player in the project that moved from the concept stage to construction and completion within five months. Build-out started Oct. 2 over the 0.77-acre parcel of Grand Junction city-owned land and finished Saturday. Roughly 1,000 cubic yards of dirt were trucked in, dumped and packed to make the park’s jumps.
“You’re always overscheduled and over budget,” said Chris Muhr, Taylor’s husband and also a board member, who also runs his owns construction business. “I was skeptical, but I’ll be damned if she pulled it off.”
The association raised approximately $50,000 in cash for the park, and received nearly as much in-kind assistance from 29 organizations and individuals for a project Muhr said started with a late-April biking trip with his wife.
While descending Kurt’s Lane, part of the Tabeguach trail system near the new park, Taylor beat her husband to the bottom of the hill, where she said she stopped and had her epiphany.
On Saturday, Taylor beamed with pride looking out over a cluster of children using the finished product.
“I’ll probably start crying later,” she said.