COGO grant awarded for Silverthorne recpath |

COGO grant awarded for Silverthorne recpath

Janice Kurbjun
summit daily news

The Town of Silverthorne received a $500,000 grant Dec. 8 for its next segment of recpath, to be constructed in 2011.

The grant came from the Great Outdoors Colorado Board and is paid from state lottery funds. It was among 55 overall -amounting to $24 million – and came alongside two others in Summit County.

The Town of Blue River was awarded $95,715 to help build its first town park, which is to include a playground, picnic tables and benches, a parking area, soft trails and paved pathways.

In Dillon, another $45,000 is to go toward adding four picnic shelters, with seating, along recreation trails in Marina Park along the shores of Dillon Reservoir.

Great Outdoors Colorado Board members selected from 108 applications with requests totaling $40 million. Grants were awarded to projects that enhance outdoor recreation opportunities, create plans for future projects and protect open space.

Silverthorne’s recpath is to link town hall with the Willow Grove Open Space and the Tammy Lynn Jamieson Memorial Bridge. Both segments were also funded by lottery grants. This year, the Jamieson memorial bridge won a Colorado Lottery Starburst Award for project excellence.

The connection is meant to allow users to travel safely along the Blue River without sidetracking onto Rainbow Drive and Mesa Drive. It’s a 2,100-foot segment that’s 10 feet wide and paved. There’s the possibility of building elevated sections of boardwalk designed to minimize impact on vegetation along the river.

Also on Dec. 8, the Silverthorne Town Council approved contract services with Denver’s DHM Design Corporation, a landscape architecture and land planning firm, to design the pathway segment. The contract is in the amount of $30,745 – half of which can be paid with the grant money. All construction services should be funded by the grant.

“We are very close to finishing the entire riverfront trail system,” Silverthorne Mayor Dave Koop said. “The Blue River Trail is a significant amenity in our community and this grant is welcome financial assistance. This is really great news for the residents of Silverthorne and all of our trail users.”

The $500,000 grant for this segment of the recreation trail is among many others awarded in recent years. Total support – from grants and outside donations – has totaled $2.47 million for trail construction and acquisition of land.

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