Camp for ailing kids approved by Eagle County
Eagle County, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY Colorado – Roundup River Ranch, a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses, got one step closer Tuesday to building a campus along Colorado River Road in Dotsero, Colorado.
The Eagle Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the site plan for the camp, which is a provisional member of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps founded by the late actor Paul Newman.
“We are appreciative of the tremendous support we have received from the county and the camp’s neighbors on this project,” said Ruth Johnson, executive director of Roundup River Ranch. “It is our privilege to honor the courage, strength and determination of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families by working to open Roundup River Ranch.”
Construction on the camp’s 85-acre site, including camper cabins, a dining hall, and medical facility, is expected to commence in 2009 with a projected opening date in the summer of 2011.
Several local businesses are involved in the design and construction of the camp. Rick Hermes of Hermes Resort Properties is chair of the camp’s Design and Construction Committee and his company will serve as the general contractor for the camp. Other local members of the design and construction team include KH Webb Architects, Peak Land Consultants, Shepherd Resources and Slifer Designs.
“It’s an honor to be a part of such a fantastic endeavor,” Rick Hermes said. “Providing the facilities for a week of activities where campers can forget about the day-to-day worries of their reality is the truly rewarding part. Reflecting on that makes me the winner in this partnership.”
More than 35,000 children in the Rocky Mountain region suffer from a serious illness, and less than 15 percent of them have an opportunity to attend a camp because of their illness. With The Children’s Hospital of Denver as the camp’s founding partner hospital, Roundup River Ranch will identify campers from Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region suffering from cancer, blood disorders and other life-threatening illnesses and invited them to Roundup River Ranch free of charge.
To learn more about Roundup River Ranch, log on to http://www.roundupriverranch.org.