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GOCO awards open space grants to Summit and Frisco

Daily News staff report

DENVER – Both Summit County and Frisco received significant open space grants last week in one of the state’s biggest annual grant giveaways funded by lottery ticket sales.The lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) awarded a $500,000 grant to Summit County Open Space and Trails. The grant will cover 70 percent of the cost to buy 156 acres in Upper French Gulch, northeast of Breckenridge.The grant is one part of the $9 million needed to preserve the 1,840-acre B&B Mine area by June 2004.”This is the last pristine mountain river system in an area that was destroyed by dredge boat mining operations,” said Todd Robertson, county open space director. “The dredge boats stopped before they got that far.”The natural ecosystem provides habitat for the Colorado River cutthroat trout, a state special concern species.The remaining $222,000 of the $722,000 purchase will be split between Summit County and the town of Breckenridge. The county and the town also will split the overall $9 million B&B Mine purchase.The B&B Mine is located in the Golden Horseshoe area between the French and Swan drainages.Summit County and the town of Breckenrige are partners in the B&B deal, which is scheduled to close in June 2004.In Frisco, the town was awarded $21,285 to create the Willow Preserve Interpretive Trail and Overlook on the town’s first open space purchase.Frisco’s trail and overlook project is on the Willow Preserve on northeastern edge of the town’s major commercial area along Summit Boulevard.Visitors will be able to learn about the native habitats in the area when the project is finished. The project will create an accessible gravel trail with interpretive signs providing information on wetlands, native flora and fauna and wildlife habitat. The Summit County grants are part of $11.5 million awarded by the 17-member GOCO board, on which Summit County manager Ron Holliday serves.To date, projects in Summit County have been awarded $1.9 million.- Daily News staff report

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