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Dillon lands parks grant

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily news

DILLON – Money from the statewide lottery is providing the town of Dillon a boost in its goal of figuring out how its many parks will fit into the town’s plans for economic revitalization. Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) awarded the town a $30,000 grant to hire a consultant to help create a comprehensive open space and outdoor recreation plan.”Dillon is in desperate need to a have a comprehensive plan done. Of course, with our staffing … we’re pretty limited. Having this kind of technical help is really going to help,” said town manager Jack Benson.The town will match part or all of the money it is receiving from GOCO.Park areas include the Town Park, the Marina Park, a small area near the Colorado Mountain College building and a grassy area in front of the Lake Dillon and Point Dillon condominiums.The recreation paths in town and possible areas for new park facilities could also be addressed in the comprehensive plan, said Councilmember Judee Cathrall.The idea in hiring a consultant is to determine what kind of role the parks should or shouldn’t play in the town’s overall objective of revitalizing its downtown area, Benson said.”Our parks are basically a moving target. We’re not sure if we should be spending on certain kinds of improvements until we have a master plan that integrates with economic redevelopment plans,” Benson said.The consultant hired for the comprehensive plan will be separate from a consultant the town is already working with to help in those revitalization efforts.Great Outdoors Colorado awards grants with a portion of lottery proceeds for projects that preserve and enhance Colorado’s parks, wildlife, trails, rivers and open space. Since 1994, GOCO has awarded $4.25 million for projects in Summit County. Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 13625, or at nformosa@summitdaily.com