WHEN PROTECTING IS ONLY THE BEGINNING
One man’s generosity shines on Silt River Preserve
In 2015, Gerry Pace walked into our office with a big idea. He wanted to invest in improving a place he loves.
Years earlier, while working as the Public Works Director for the Town of Silt, Gerry helped create the region’s first large-scale public river park at the Silt River Preserve. In 2009, AVLT and the Town of Silt partnered to enable the Town’s purchase of 130 acres of Colorado River frontage adjacent to downtown Silt.
But the vision had always been to go a step further by improving public access and restoring the health of the land and wildlife habitat. The town lacked the resources to make these improvements, so the preserve’s potential went untapped for many years.
Lucky for everyone, Gerry Pace had fallen in love with the place. Knowing that Silt operated under a tight budget, he asked if AVLT would hold his donations and disperse the funds to Silt as a match to any resources the Town put into the property.
Gerry’s generosity is catalyzing a full-scale renewal of the preserve. Thanks to Gerry, we are at it again – collaborating to realize the full vision for the park.
Your support is critical to making this project happen. Thank you for helping us dust off this diamond in the rough for people and critters of all stripes to enjoy.
The Silt River Preserve Fund was founded in memory of Evelyn and Ferrin Harsch. Your contributions are welcome.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US BUILD A NEW FUTURE FOR THE PRESERVE!
In May 2018, over 40 volunteers came out to help build a 1200′ long trail to open public access to this wildland park on the south bank of the Colorado River in Silt, CO.
The trail project was a collaboration between AVLT, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, Town of Silt, and Garfield County.