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    GOCO Awards Jeffco Open Space Flood Recovery Grant

    Jefferson County Open Space is pleased to announce receipt of a flood recovery grant in the amount of $110,000 from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO). At an April 9th board meeting in Lyons, CO, Gov. John Hickenlooper joined the GOCO Board to announce the approval of $13 million for flood recovery efforts in the cities and counties affected by the September 2013 floods.

    The Jeffco Open Space grant application focused on the three parks most affected by the flooding: Apex Park, White Ranch Park, and North Table Mountain Park. Apex Park was closed entirely from the flood event up until March 14, when a partial opening occurred. Trails and bridges at White Ranch and North Table Mountain Parks were closed due to washouts and unsafe conditions. The GOCO funds will be used to repair seven miles of natural surface trail across these three parks.

    The September floods affected many communities in Colorado and the grants awarded from GOCO will make a positive difference in the recovery efforts. Jeffco Open Space expresses their gratitude to GOCO for the assistance in restoring the damaged open space parks so that visitors can fully enjoy them once again.

    Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) have committed their services for flood recovery and Jeffco Open Space will coordinate with them on two events at affected parks, totaling approximately 1,600 volunteer hours in the coming months. Volunteers will be shown appreciation thanks to Brownies from Troop 4451 of Littleton who bestowed upon Jeffco Open Space more than 180 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to give to volunteers at 2014 flood recovery events. During a recent visit to Apex Park, the Brownies learned more about water flow from a demonstration on a water and terrain table from the Lookout Mountain Nature Center.

    For more information on the GOCO grants visit: http://www.goco.org/news/governor-goco-announce-13m-flood-recovery-projects-including-estes-lyons-trail-corridor

    Jeffco Open Space was founded as a land conservation organization in 1972 to preserve land, protect park and natural resources and provide healthy nature-based experiences. We are funded with a one-half of one percent sales tax that has preserves over 52,800 acres and created 28 regional parks and 227 miles of trails in Jefferson County.

    About Great Outdoors Colorado
    Great Outdoors Colorado 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 by voters in 1992, GOCO has funded more than 3,500 projects in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. The grants are funded by GOCO’s share of Colorado Lottery revenues, which are divided between GOCO, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Conservation Trust Fund and school construction.

    Thea Rock
    Communications Manager

    April 17, 2014

    Last Updated: 4-17-2014