Fraser Rec District receives $350,000 grant |

Fraser Rec District receives $350,000 grant

The Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District has been notified that it will receive $350,000 in grant money from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) for its new recreation center.

The funds can be used for any aspect of the recreation center construction approved by Fraser Valley voters in the bond election of November 2007. In that election the voters gave the OK to a $19.5 million bond issue that included, in addition to the recreation center, a new golf course clubhouse, irrigation improvements and sports complex upgrades.

“This is great news,” said Scott Ledin, director of parks and recreation for the recreation district. “This provides added value to our new recreation center that’s currently under construction.”

The $350,0000, when combined with the nearly $800,000 in other grant funding for the recreation center from the Fraser Valley Recreation Foundation, means the center has gained more than $1 million in added funding since the bond vote was approved.

“Both the recreation center and the clubhouse are moving forward on budget and on time,” said Dan O’Connell, president of the board of directors for the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District. “This added funding from the state will help valley taxpayers get even more for their investment in recreation in the Fraser Valley.”

The rec district received notice of the grant approval in mid-December. The funds were awarded after careful review and a personal interview of rec district staff by the state’s Energy and Mineral Impact Advisory Committee. The funds come from state severance tax and mineral lease revenues.

The worth of the Fraser Valley recreation center got a boost from the award because this year’s grant cycle for DOLA was “extremely competitive”, said Susan E. Kirkpatrick, executive director of the department.

She said requests totaling more than $50 million were reviewed and less than half of that amount ($21 million) was available to award.

Ledin said the recreation district’s board of directors will decide on how the new funding will be spent on the new recreation improvement projects.

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