Mesa County, Colo. - The Colorado Lottery announced Mesa County will receive a 2016 Starburst Award for the Monument View Trail, more commonly known as the Fruita Connection of the Colorado Riverfront Trail. The County will receive the award at the Commissioners’ Sept. 26 administrative public hearing at the Old County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave at 9 am.
The Monument View Trail is an 8.3-mile portion of the Colorado Riverfront Trail System that connects Grand Junction to Fruita. The completion of this project further enhanced the preservation of wildlife habitat, open spaces and recreational activities.
“The Monument View Trail is one of twenty-two projects that emerged with inventiveness and inspiration,” said Colin Waters, Colorado Lottery media relations specialist.
Starburst Awards recognize the excellent use of Lottery proceeds that are passed on through Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Conservation Trust Fund (CTF), Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) or Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) for community and conservation projects.
Mesa County was selected as a winner based on project creativity, community economic and social impact and project goal achievement.
"The Starburst Award projects are a reflection of Colorado's commitment to the enhancement and protection of our beautiful outdoors," said Lottery Director Laura Solano. "The Lottery is proud to recognize the 2016 Starburst Award winners for their creativity and vision in their respective projects and their economic, and social impact on their communities."