Granby moves ahead with Raffety Park project
The last year and a half has been a bit of a whirlwind for the Town of Granby.
The past 18 months have seen numerous changes within the Town government, including a Board election that saw four newly elected Trustees take office and the end of longtime Granby Town Manager Wally Baird’s tenure with the local government. Since the spring thaw in 2015 the Town has taken on several large municipal projects including a new water treatment plant south of the Fraser River, a water system upgrade for the Moraine Park area and installation of a sanitary sewer system for the Deberard Draw near Granby Ranch.
The Town has also looking to begin physical work on a slew of other projects such as construction of an RV dumping station at Kaibab Park RV, development of a bicycle/pedestrian pathway along US Highway 40 between Thompson Road and the Fraser River and the long awaited Raffety Park Project.
Granby Recreation Department Director Julie Martin addressed the Granby Board of Trustees during their regular Board session on July 26 to update the Board on the ongoing park project. “I have been working for years to get money to do something up there,” Martin told the Board of Trustees. “We are finally moving forward.”
Martin has spent the last four years writing grants to build the capital investments needed to complete a portion of the project. According to documentation provided by Martin the Granby Rec. Dept. (GRD) received the, “final large piece to the funding puzzle for the first phase of the project,” on April 18, 2016 when Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) awarded the GRD $335,000. With the GOCO grant the GRD has $45,000 in funding left to secure to cover the total $1,011,794 project price tag for Phase 1 of the Raffety Park Project.
During Martin’s update in late July she informed the Board she recently received the project schedule for Phase 1 of the Raffety Park Project, which will eventually be divided up into four separate phases.
Documentation provided by Martin states Phase 1 of the project will include, “earthwork and drainage improvements for the entire park; utility relocation, stub-outs, and native seed plantings for the entire park; a paved parking lot between the soccer dome and tennis courts; walkways; picnic areas; children’s playground & playground plaza; outdoor classroom/shelter; and landscaping.”
Officials from Granby Town government expect to put Phase 1 of the project out for bidding in March 2017 with the pre-bid meeting being conducted in January 2017. Construction on Phase 1 is expected to begin next May and Town officials expect work on Phase 1 to be completed sometime between August and September 2017.
The nature of the multi-phase project for Raffety Park means funding for each phase is acquired as the project moves forward. After completing Phase 1 Martin states she will, “begin the process of fundraising/budget planning all over again to continue another phase of the park development.”
During Phase 2 Martin expects to relocate the modular Temp Building between the soccer dome and the tennis courts to the rear of the soccer dome, build a permanent field house connected to the soccer dome, construct boulder retaining walls, base course paving around the soccer dome and install a concrete walk and curb and gutter on Diamond Avenue.
Phase 3 will see construction of a multi-use field, complete construction of walking trails around the entire park, installing drainage planting, construction of a west parking lot, create additional drainage improvements and construction of a fitness station. Phase 4 will see the construction of an ice rink; development of a plaza and shelters on the west side of the park and the creation of a nature trail.
Raffety Park is located on Diamond Avenue in Granby just a short distance east of East Grand Middle School. The park is named for long time Grand County resident and former Granby Mayor Ed Raffety who was a champion of recreational amenities for the community. Raffety passed away on Jan. 1 last year.
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