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GOCO awards $105,000 for Carbondale rec facilities

Carbondale has been awarded a $105,000 Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant to help pay for new facilities at the town’s North Face Park, including three new tennis courts and a beginner section to the existing skateboard park.

The total project cost will be $185,400, according to Carbondale Recreation Director Jeff Jackel.

The town is providing $41,000 through its recreation sales tax fund, and another $35,000 is coming from the Roaring Fork Re-1 School District, as the tennis courts will be utilized by the Roaring Fork High School tennis team.

Also contributing $3,000 towards the project was the Roaring Fork Tennis Club, and another $1,400 was raised through individual private donations, Jackel said.

The tennis courts will be built on an existing concrete slab that was originally built for roller hockey, but which was rarely used for that purpose. The existing slab width meets the dimensions to accommodate three courts, but an additional 28 feet of concrete will be poured to meet the length requirements, Jackel explained.

Only two tennis courts currently exist for Carbondale public use and school district play. The additional new courts should adequately meet both needs, he said.

The new, approximately 3,600-square-foot beginner skatepark will include a small bowl and streetscape features geared towards younger and beginner skateboarders, Jackel said.

Both projects are scheduled for construction next summer and should be completed by September 2011.

The Local Park and Outdoor Recreation Grant (LPOR) was one of 17 awarded statewide totaling approximately $2.92 million. GOCO, which derives its grant dollars from state lottery funds, received 33 applications requesting approximately $5.6 million.

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