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Grant aids Nottingham Park improvements in Avon

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AVON — Nottingham Park will receive $350,000 of the $5.5 million awarded recently by the Great Outdoors Colorado Board to update the playground and improve pedestrian and bike access. The town of Avon will match GOCO funding to improve its most heavily-used two acres.

The project will replace a 20-year-old playground with both traditional and nature-themed play equipment and will relocate the existing bike path to improve the park’s traffic flow and decrease conflicts between playground users and bicyclists.

Community input and investigation revealed a capacity issue at the playground area. The project will move the playground and bike pathway to a larger area within the park.

New Creek Play Areas

“Relocating the bike path will increase the size available for the new playground space, while simultaneously locating the playground closer to the creek play areas,” Avon Recreation Director John Curutchet said. “Integrating the new playground closer to the creek will enhance the total family experience when at the park.”

New creek play areas with creative play and water manipulation features are proposed, including playful water crossings, a water pump, and a water powered wheel and dam, to allow children to have meaningful learning opportunities creating motion with water. The creek play areas will become riparian learning areas, giving children the opportunity to learn about plants indigenous to Colorado’s waterways.

The Nature Play Obstacle Course will be a new area of the park, providing a play space with decorative boulders in two sizes, play area surfaces, a natural play “tunnel,” nature play obstacle course and nature play log steppers in two sizes.

The playground features were chosen based on the community input process and include Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant play equipment and safety surfacing.

The project will also address the bike path and lighting, landscape and irrigation, and will provide additional seating rocks, tables, picnic benches, two new shelters, and re-roofing an existing shelter.

GOCO awarded more than $7 million in grants, with $5.5 million awarded to local governments for funding local parks and outdoor recreation planning projects. With more than three times the requests than funds available, the process is very competitive.

For more information, please call Curutchet at 970-748-4059 or email jcurutchet@avon.org.


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