Glenwood Springs Elementary playground, 2 other Garfield projects win GOCO grants
Glenwood Springs Elementary School, which is undergoing a $30 million renovation and school addition, will get some help with installing a new playground thanks to a $147,177 Great Outdoors Colorado recreation and parks grant.
The Glenwood Springs grant, which the city applied for in partnership with the school, is among more than $230,000 worth of grants awarded in Garfield County last week, including projects in Rifle and Parachute as well.
More than 150 students at GSES were involved in designing the new playground and outdoor learning space that will be part of the revamped school campus. Sopris Elementary School in Glenwood received a similar grant two years ago.
The final design for the GSES playground incorporates traditional playground equipment and natural features to create an engaging space for kids to connect with nature and be active. The city and school district hope to have the playground complete by the end of the year.
In Parachute, the town will use a $75,000 GOCO planning grant to build a strategic plan for outdoor recreation on the Colorado River, soliciting public input to balance public access and conservation of the river.
GOCO planning grants help local governments gather public input, evaluate conditions, and develop strategic plans to meet the outdoor recreation needs of Colorado communities, according to a news release announcing the latest grants.
The newly funded planning effort will provide a comprehensive examination of various improvements that can be made to the Colorado River to both enhance its environmental sustainability and create opportunities for outdoor recreation and public access. The planning efforts will be spearheaded by the town of Parachute and the Rifle Regional Economic Development Corp.
Rife Gap State Fish Hatchery received the third Garfield County grant, in the amount of $8,800, as part of the Director’s Innovation Fund that makes grants available to Colorado Parks and Wildlife projects. The hatchery’s project will increase handicap accessibility to the property, which sees more than 10,000 visitors annually, by building a new foot bridge across East Rifle Creek.
“The existing footbridge is dangerous and inaccessible by wheelchairs, but connects the hatchery parking lot with a trail system reaching neighboring Rifle Gap State Park,” according to the news release. The new footbridge will be wider and ADA-compliant.
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