For Immediate Release April 21, 2014
Media Contact: Paula Fitzgerald, Parks/Open Space Project Manager, 303-651-8448, email@example.com
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City of Longmont Awarded GOCO Funds for Flood Recovery
April 21, 2014 - Gov. John Hickenlooper joined the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board today to announce the approval of $13 million for flood recovery efforts that will help communities restore damaged parks, trails and open spaces, and fund a trail corridor between Lyons and Estes Park. The corridor would be in conjunction with Highway 36 flood reconstruction efforts already underway.
The City of Longmont recieved $599,798 for Flood Recovery. With damages assessed at $19.7 million, the City of Longmont was heavily impacted by the September flooding. Three greenway trails, four neighborhood parks and five district parks were considerably damaged. GOCO funds will help restore 3.5 miles of trail along the St. Vrain Greenway and allow for trail infrastructure repairs along Lefthand Creek that are not covered by FEMA or insurance.
“It’s springtime, and Coloradans and tourists are ready to hit trails and enjoy all that the outdoors in Colorado have to offer,” Hickenlooper said. “Thanks to these GOCO funds that will support volunteer-based flood recovery projects we can build back better, stronger and more sustainable access to our most treasured Colorado locations. The State of Colorado is grateful to the GOCO Board and volunteers for all their hard work. These funds will go towards outdoor projects that are essential in Colorado’s long-term recovery from the floods.”
The flood recovery project approved by the GOCO board include:
$5 million will go for emergency grants for 14 flood recovery projects that will help communities in Boulder, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Morgan and Weld counties restore damaged or destroyed parks, trails and open spaces. About $500,000 is being held in a contingency fund to assist all grant recipients as needed. Eleven of the 14 GOCO-grant projects will use youth corps or volunteers to help implement the projects. Grantees are leveraging the GOCO funds for an additional $13.5 million in matching and other funds for a total investment of nearly $19 million.
$8 million for a partnership between Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) andthe Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to fund the construction of a trail corridor to allow safer travel between Lyons and Estes Park. CDOT will work with stakeholders to explore possible design options and construction scheduling. As more information becomes it will be available at www.coloradodot.info/projects/floodrelatedprojects/us-36-lyons-to-estes
The governor also announced the commitment of over $100,000 in private funds for smaller grants and assistance to help affected local communities restore outdoor recreation facilities, parks and trails:
“The damage is extensive but this will help communities get started on restoring popular parks or trails or start the planning process to figure out how best to rebuild,” said Lise Aangeenbrug, GOCO executive director. “In some cases, reopening damaged parks quickly is vital to a community’s economic recovery.”
GOCO invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. It receives no tax dollars.
Read the entire news release at http://www.goco.org/news/governor-goco-announce-13m-flood-recovery-projects-including-estes-lyons-trail-corridor