GOCO gives early nod to local open space grant | SummitDaily.com

GOCO gives early nod to local open space grant

BRECKENRIDGE – County Manager Ron Holliday announced Monday the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) board plans to give Summit County a $463,431 grant to help fund purchase of the Cow Camp open space near Green Mountain Reservoir.Holiday is the newest member of the GOCO board. He said a review committee last week approved Cow Camp for funding. The full board must make it official.Holiday said he recused himself from voting on the Summit County matter because of a conflict of interest.GOCO funds open space, trails and parks using proceeds from the state lottery.The grant will partly reimburse the county’s Open Space and Trails program, which bought the 573-acre Cow Camp for $1.83 million last December as part of a larger purchase of the Sudan Trust parcels north and east of the reservoir – all totaling 831 acres for $2.66 million.Cow Camp was subdivided for development into 14 40-plus-acre lots. It was originally listed for sale at $5 million.The Open Space program and county commissioners struck the deal, hoping GOCO would provide an assist. The state funding will preserve money for next year’s anticipated closing on the B&B Mines open space in the Golden Horseshoe between the Swan and French drainages – for $9 million.The county and the town of Breckenridge Open Space program will split the cost for B&B’s 1,800 acres. They again are hoping for outside help. U.S. Rep. Mark Udall, D-Boulder, is seeking support from the federal Land and Water Fund.

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