Three Sisters fundraising gets a boost

Plans to make trails and an educational center on 130-acre parcel off Monument Road may be a little closer to reality, thanks to a matching grant from Alpine Bank.

Fundraising for the Three Sisters project is $25,000 shy of meeting its goal. Alpine Bank is proposing a challenge to match half the costs, $12,500, if residents raise the other half.

“Alpine Bank’s generous challenge grant will help us raise the remaining funds and enable Mesa Land Trust to complete a wonderful turnkey project for our community,” director of Mesa Land Trust Rob Bleiberg said in a news release.

In the past year, Mesa Land Trust has nearly raised $1.6 million, which is the price tag for purchasing the Three Sisters area, with the help of a Greater Outdoors Colorado grant, the city of Grand Junction and support from individuals and nonprofit groups.

Plans for the area near the Lunch Loop trail system include walking and biking trails and an interpretative center. A trail from the Three Sisters area will be designed to more closely link up with the Colorado Riverfront Trail along Monument Road.

The Three Sisters area gets its name from a trio of hills east of the Lunch Loop trail head.

After Mesa Land Trust raises the money to purchase the land, the acreage will be deeded to Grand Junction.

Workers are expected to begin breaking trail in the area this fall.

To donate and have your dollars matched by the Alpine Bank grant, go to http://www.threesisterspark.org or mail a check to Three Sisters, Mesa Land Trust, 1026 Main St. Grand Junction 81501.


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