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Camp for critically ill kids endorsed by Eagle Co.

OK Corral Camp planned along Colorado River north of Dotsero

By Pam Boyd

Eagle Correspondent



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OK Corral Camp

The camp for seriously ill kids would operate eight, one-week sessions each summer. At it first, it would have about 60 kids and eventually 120, with 104 employees.

The camp would also have:



– Dining hall ” 12,000 square feet

– Sports and recreation building ” 12,000 square feet

– Indoor pool ” 4,700 square feet

– Indoor theater ” 10,000 square feet

– Medical center ” 5,000 square feet

– Arts and crafts center ” 5,000 square feet

– Two storage and maintenance buildings ” totaling 4,000 square feet

– 12 camper cabins ” 3,000 square feet each

– Up to three staff and volunteer housing buildings ” 4,000 square feet each

– Director housing ” 6,000 square feet

– Open air riding arena ” 12,000 square feet

– Horse barn ” 2,500 square feet

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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” A camp for children with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions that would be built in Dotsero has been endorsed by the Eagle County Board of Commissioners.

The OK Corral Camp, affiliated with the Hole in the Wall Camp organization launched by actor Paul Newman, would be located eight miles up the Colorado River Road from Dotsero.

A group of local citizens and business owners have formed a board of directors to create the camp. Two donors purchased an 85-acre parcel along the Colorado River for the camp operation.

Ruth Johnson, executive director for OK Corral Camp, said the facility would serve children who live in the mountain west.

“Being associated with the Hole in the Wall Camps give us increased resources, both financially and conceptually,” she said.

Four of the five Hole in the Wall Camps are located on the East Coast, and one is in California. The Colorado River Road location was additionally attractive because it is at a lower elevation and centrally located, said Tom Braun, a planner for the camp.

The camp will be associated with Children’s Hospital in Denver, and has ready access to both Denver International Airport and the Eagle County Regional Airport.

One neighbor, Scott Hoover, told the county commissioners at their last meeting that he was not opposed to the camp, but he was concerned that 120,000 square feet of building on the 85-acre site was too much.

“I also think this will be a precedent for future development,” said Hoover.

Commissioner Pete Runyon said he was supportive of the camp but, noting that the land is virtually tree-less, asked how the camp would provide shade for ill children during hot summer days.

Braun noted that the camp plan includes several shade structures as well as long-term plans for more vegetation.

Commissioner Arn Menconi said he doesn’t believe this kind of development adversely affects the Colorado River Road area. He pointed to nearby Anderson Camp and Vail Mountain School parcels, noted that other recreational uses are already in place in the area.

“This is a very primary need. I see this as having great community benefit on many levels,” Menconi said.


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