GOCO grants fund projects across Grand County | SkyHiNews.com

GOCO grants fund projects across Grand County

Hank Shell

If you bought a ticket for the Colorado Lottery recently, give yourself a pat on the back.

More than $900,000 in lottery proceeds will make their way back to Grand County to enhance trails and open spaces from Winter Park to Kremmling.

Great Outdoors Colorado, which distributes the proceeds in the form of grants, awarded money to support a new pedestrian bridge in Fraser, permanently preserve 622 acres of the Troublesome Creek Ranch in Kremmling, and add 1.2 miles of trail to the Arrow Trail System in Winter Park.

Troublesome Creek Ranch

The Conservation Fund will purchase a conservation easement on the 622-acre Troublesome Creek Ranch using a $798,000 GOCO grant, according to a press release.

“That particular property is so strategic because it kind of bookends what is called the Kremmling stretch of the Colorado River,” said Christine Quinlan with The Conservation Fund.

The project will also protect 2.5 miles of Troublesome Creek.

The Conservation Fund hopes to complete the project in a few months, Quinlan said.

Fraser pedestrian bridge

The Town of Fraser received a $136,000 GOCO grant to assist with its Fraser River Pedestrian Bridge Project.

The bridge will access the Cozens Ranch Open Space and will be constructed near the statue of President Eisenhower along the Fraser River. The new bridge will complete a half-mile loop.

Town officials hope to complete the project next year.

Winter Park trails

The Town of Winter Park received a $12,600 GOCO grant to create 1.2 miles of non-motorized trails in the Arrow Trail System, connecting with the Idlewild Trail System. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps crews will complete the new trails.

Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.

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