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    Jeffco Board of County Commissioners Approves Local Grants

    On Tuesday, February 11, the Board of County Commissioners in Jefferson County approved grant awards recommended by the Open Space Advisory Committee. The grant categories are differentiated by their funding sources.

    Grant awards using Conservation Trust Funds allocated on a per capita basis from Colorado Lottery Proceeds are eligible for non-profit organizations or groups with a mission or purpose of providing or enhancing parks, recreation, trails, land conservation, and/or environmental stewardship and education on public lands. Grants from CTF/Lottery Proceeds are also available to park and recreation districts or other political subdivisions that provide park and recreation services.

    2014 Local Park and Recreation and Nonprofit Grant Awards, Funded from the Jefferson County Conservation Trust Fund (Colorado Lottery Proceeds)

    Nonprofit Grant Awards

    Entity; Project; Recommended Award

    Beaver Ranch Community, Inc.; Caretaker Residence Improvements; $10,125
    Evergreen Audubon Society; Nature Center Enhancements; $5,475

    Local Park & Recreation Grant Awards

    Entity; Project; Recommended Award

    Apex Park & Rec. Dist.; Simms St. Ctr: Phase II Park Development; $225,000
    Columbine Knolls Rec. Dist.; Marker Park Improvements; $11,375
    Foothills Park & Rec. Dist.; Ridge Rec. Ctr.: Playground Project; $100,000
    Ken-Caryl Ranch Metro. Dist.; Community Park: Playground Replace; $42,733
    Prospect Rec. & Park Dist.; Arapahoe Park Improvements; $27,182

    TOTAL $421,890

    The Local Park and Recreation Grants funded with a dedicated portion of the Jefferson County Open Space Sales Tax Fund provide supplemental funding to assist cities and park districts in implementing their priority land acquisitions and/or capital projects.

    2014 Local Park and Recreation Grants Funded with Jefferson County, Open Space Sales Tax Fund

    Local Park & Recreation Grants Awards

    Entity; Project; Recommended Award

    City of Arvada; Griffith Station Neighborhood Park; $55,000
    City of Golden; West 44th Avenue Trail; $223,788
    City of Lakewood; Bear Crk. Lake Prk: Flood Remediation; $100,000
    City of Wheat Ridge; Clear Crk. Trail/West 41st Ave. Segment Relocation; $358,621
    Evergreen Park & Rec. Dist.; Evergreen Lake Boardwalk & Nature Ctr. Access Trail; $79,000
    South Suburban Park & Rec. Dist.; Trail Mark Park – Port-o-let Enclosure; $6,125

    TOTAL $822,534

    Each Local Park and Recreation or Nonprofit Grant applicant is required to provide a portion of the project costs through matching contributions. Each entity may apply for one local grant per year.

    The Jeffco Parks Department is comprised of Jeffco Open Space, the Fairgrounds, CSU Extension, Boettcher Mansion and Weed and Pest. Open Space, the largest division, was founded as a land conservation organization in 1972 and preserves natural and cultural resources, provides quality outdoor recreation experiences and promotes sound environmental stewardship. Jeffco Open Space is funded with a one-half of one-percent sales tax that has protected over 52,000 acres and created 28 regional parks and 227 miles of trails in Jefferson County.

    Thea Rock
    Communications Manager

    February 12, 2014

    Last Updated: 2-12-2014