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Posted on: March 7, 2019

Cortez Receives Grant from GOCO for South Neighborhood Park Project

Great news from the Great Outdoors Colorado Board!

The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board has just awarded $5.4 million in grants at its meeting in Trinidad, Colo.

The majority of the funding, totaling a little more than $4 million, was awarded through GOCO’s Local Parks and Outdoor Recreation (LPOR) and Mini grant programs. These grants assist local governments with acquiring land for a potential park, developing and enhancing existing parks, updating park facilities, and constructing outdoor learning environments.

GOCO also awarded $520,888 in planning grants to help local governments execute a wide range of outdoor recreation planning efforts, including site-specific plans, department master plans, and strategic plans. Planning grants also help local governments gather public input and evaluate conditions to meet the outdoor recreation needs of Colorado communities.

Nearly $832,000 in additional funding was awarded from the School Yard Initiative (SYI), which help schools that partner with their local governments build engaging outdoor spaces for students to learn and play. All school yards must be designed, in part, by students, and funded schools are eligible to become part of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Schools and Outdoor Learning Environment (SOLE) program.

In total, GOCO funding will:

  • Fund 38 projects in 24 counties
  • Impact 19 rural or underserved communities
  • Leverage more than $11 million in local matching funds
  • Build or upgrade 21 local parks or outdoor recreation facilities, including 3 fairgrounds
  • Build or upgrade 8 school yards and outdoor classrooms, impacting 3,734 students
  • Acquire 2.2 acres of land for public use

Funded projects are listed in alphabetical order by grant program. Click here to read the full press release>>

Local Parks and Outdoor Recreation (LPOR) - $3.8M total funding >>

  • Alma Riverwalk Trail and Park Construction and Design, $63,928 grant to the Town of Alma
  • Art Dague Pool and Waterslide Upgrades and Additions, $217,500 grant to the City of Rifle
  • Baca County Fairgrounds Renovation Project, $350,000 grant to Baca County
  • Breeze Park Development Phase II, $150,000 grant to the City of Craig
  • Buffalo Track and Field Renovation Project, $350,000 grant to Logan County
  • Cortez South Neighborhood Park Project, $350,000 grant to the City of Cortez
  • Del Norte Riverfront Project Phase II, $350,000 grant to the Town of Del Norte
  • Holly Park Renovation Project, $214,348 grant to Montrose Recreation District
  • Land Acquisition to Complete Buchanan Park, $350,000 grant to Evergreen Park and Recreation District
  • Las Colonias Park River Recreation Upgrades, $350,000 grant to the City of Grand Junction
  • Outdoor STEM Classroom & Playspace Construction, $255,000 grant to Mesa County
  • Panorama Park RISES with the Community Enhancements, $350,000 grant to the City of Colorado Springs
  • Pitkin County Healthy Rivers Whitewater Park, $350,000 grant to Pitkin County
  • River Park Phase 2 Construction, $350,000 grant to the Town of Breckenridge
  • San Miguel County Fairgrounds and Regional Park Outdoor Arena Renovations and Upgrades, $157,103 grant to San Miguel County
  • Soda Springs Park Phase 1 Redevelopment, $293,658 grant to the City of Manitou Springs
  • Yuma County Fairgrounds Upgrades, $350,000 grant to Yuma County

Mini LPOR - $222,012 total funding >>

  • Brenda Joy Bike Park Equipment Purchase, $45,000 grant to the City of Fort Morgan
  • Centennial Park Enhancement, $45,000 grant to the Town of Kersey
  • Coal Miners' Bucket Park Extension, $42,472 grant to the Town of Oak Creek
  • Mancos’ New Playground, $45,000 grant to the Town of Mancos
  • The Farm Recreation and Community Gathering Area, $44,540 grant to the Town of Frederick

Planning - $520,888 total funding >>

  • Cal‐Wood Lodge Renovation Planning Project, $36,150 grant to Boulder County
  • Estes Valley Open Space and Outdoor Recreation Plan, $66,000 grant to the Town of Estes Park
  • Fruita Parks, Health, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Master Plan $65,000 grant to the City of Fruita
  • Managing Growth on Colorado’s Front Range Mountains, $75,000 grant to Clear Creek County
  • Park and Recreation Master Plan Update, $75,000 grant to the City of Fort Collins
  • Project Wild Nature Connection Research, $72,488 grant to the City of Lafayette
  • Supporting the Next 100 Coalition’s Colorado Network, $75,000 grant to Summit County
  • Town of Carbondale Aquatic Facility Master Plan, $56,250 grant to the Town of Carbondale

School Yard Initiative - $831,790 total funding >>

  • Bessemer Academy Playground, $110,000 grant to the City of Pueblo in partnership with Bessemer Academy
  • Explore Elementary Outdoor Play and Learning Space, $108,760 grant to the City of Thornton in partnership with Mapleton Public Schools
  • Nisley Elementary Playground, $110,000 grant to the City of Grand Junction in partnership with Nisley Elementary School
  • North Arvada Middle School Obstacle Course Park, $110,000 grant to the City of Arvada in partnership with North Arvada Middle School
  • Oak Grove Elementary Playground Renovation Project, $110,000 grant to Montrose County in partnership with Oak Grove Elementary School
  • Ouray School ADA-Accessible Playground, $110,000 grant to the Town of Ouray in partnership with Ouray School
  • RFMA Outdoor School Yard, $110,000 grant to Adams County in partnership with Ricardo Flores Magon Academy
  • Warren Tech Outdoor and Environmental Education Classroom, $63,030 grant to the City of Lakewood in partnership with Warren Technical High School

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a Constitutional Amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 5,200 projects in urban and rural areas in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. Visit for more information.  

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