Eagle County projects receive lottery funds | VailDaily.com

Eagle County projects receive lottery funds

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Vail, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado – The Great Outdoors Colorado Board has awarded $658,203 in lottery funds for two projects in Eagle County, including $497,000 towards the installation of a bridge in the town of Avon as part of the ongoing development of the Eagle Valley Regional Trails network. Work on the project is planned for summer 2011.

“This bridge is a crucial link in the Eagle Valley Trail system and needed to help connect the north and south sides of the trail,” said Larry Brooks, Avon town manager. “We are pleased to partner with GOCO and ECO Trails to construct this section of the trail.”

The bridge will link an existing portion of the Eagle Valley Regional Trail – a multi-use recreation path that will ultimately span from Vail Pass to Glenwood Springs – to a new portion of the trail on the south side of the river that is slated for construction in 2011 and 2012. In addition to installing the pre-fabricated bridge, the GOCO-funded project includes grading and asphalt paving at the north and south approaches to the bridge, installing a guardrail and other minor site work.

Also receiving GOCO funds is the town of Vail’s Red Sandstone Elementary School neighborhood playground renovation project, which was awarded a grant for $161,203. The town of Vail, in partnership with Eagle County Schools, will use the grant to help replace and relocate the existing Red Sandstone Elementary School playground with a safer, ADA-accessible structure at the school.

Fifty-five projects in 32 counties across Colorado were awarded GOCO grants totaling more than $24 million by the GOCO Board at its meeting on Wednesday. The projects will enhance outdoor recreation opportunities, create plans for future projects and protect 13,595 acres of open space. GOCO received 108 applications requesting about $40 million.

GOCO is the result of a citizens’ initiative that was passed by 58 percent of the voters in 1992. It receives approximately half of Colorado Lottery proceeds – $56.4 million in fiscal year 2010. It awards grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks. More than 3,000 projects have benefited from GOCO grants since 1994. Since 1994, projects in Eagle County have been awarded $10.9 million in GOCO grants.

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