Work begins on Eagle County camp for ailing kids |

Work begins on Eagle County camp for ailing kids

Vail Daily staff report
Eagle County, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado — Roundup River Ranch officially broke ground today on its 85-acre site on Colorado River Road in Dotsero, Colorado.

Scheduled for completion in 2011, the amp, a provisional member of The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps founded by Paul Newman, aims to provide a life-changing camping experience for children with serious medical conditions.

“Today marks the culmination of an enormous effort by our founder, board of directors and camp staff as well as dozens of architects, engineers and other professional consultants. We would especially like to thank our donors whose generosity has enabled this project to become a reality,” said Ruth Johnson, executive director.

The camp is 96 percent complete with a $20 million capital campaign. Camp construction includes camper cabins, a dining hall, a medical center and administration building, a staff lodge, a maintenance facility, amphitheater and many program areas including a boating and fishing pond, archery range and ropes course.

Construction will take place over 19 months and create more than 300 jobs. Once complete, Roundup River Ranch will serve up to 1,500 children each year at no charge to the campers’ families. Programs will include summer camps for children 7-17 and sibling and family weekend programs year-round. The camp plans to hold a groundbreaking ceremony at the site in January.

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