Park project wins state grant |

Park project wins state grant

The city of Aspen will receive $90,473 from Great Outdoors Colorado to put toward a new neighborhood park under construction near Burlingame Ranch, an employee housing development on the outskirts of town.

The overall budget for the park, to be mostly funded by the city, is about $400,000, according to Stephen Ellsperman, city parks and open space director.

The park has yet to be formally named, though the city called it Harmony Park in the GOCO grant application – because “Lot C Park” didn’t pass muster, Ellsperman said. Lot C is a 2.56-acre parcel near Burlingame that was acquired by the city after plans for an envisioned cultural arts facility there were dropped.

Instead, the lot will boast a playground, grassy areas, sledding hill, picnic areas and water features, including a pond, waterfall and wetlands, according to Ellsperman.

The Aspen project was among 55 parks and open space projects in 34 counties that will receive grants from Colorado Lottery proceeds.

The latest round of grants, totaling $9.6 million, will preserve nearly 44,000 acres of open space, contribute to 37 community outdoor projects and help create plans for five future projects, Great Outdoors Colorado said Monday in announcing the grant recipients.

GOCO distributes proceeds from the state lottery for projects that protect and improve wildlife, parks, rivers, trails and open space.

The GOCO board planned to award $8 million in this round but increased the total to accommodate more projects after receiving $14.6 million in requests – most coming from local governments for outdoor recreation projects.

The largest grant was $618,455 for a joint open space request in Dolores and Montezuma counties.

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