Lottery money to help repair flood-damaged parks, trails, open spaces

LYONS, Colo. - Gov. John Hickenlooper says $13 million from a state lottery fund will be used to help restore parks, trails and open spaces damaged by last year's floods.

Hickenlooper and officials of lottery-supported Great Outdoors Colorado traveled on Wednesday to Lyons, one of the worst-hit communities, to announce $5 million in grants for 14 projects in Boulder, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Morgan and Weld counties.

Another $8 million is for a trail from Lyons to Estes Park, a project that is a partnership between the state's parks and transportation departments.

Projects getting funding:

- Boulder County will use $720,000 to reestablish Pella Crossing Natural Park and two popular regional trail systems: the Boulder Canyon and Longmont to Boulder regional trails.

- Estes Park is getting $443,558 to fix the Fish Creek Trail that was a 100 percent loss. The 2.4-mile trail connected Estes Park with trails in Rocky Mountain National Park.

- Longmont will use $599,798 to restore 3.5 miles of trail along the St. Vrain Greenway and allow for trail infrastructure repairs along Lefthand Creek that are not covered by FEMA or insurance.

- Louisville will use $65,911 to repair the Coal Creek Regional Trail, which serves as a major recreation and transportation artery throughout Boulder County.

- Jamestown will get a grant of $117,635 to reestablish the town center with tables, creek side seating, fencing and vegetation. The town will also perform erosion control measures at Elysian Park, a project GOCO funded previously.

- Lyons will get a $1 million grant to restore Meadow Park to a useable state in time for Lyons' many summer activities and festivals.

- El Paso County will get $98,520 to clear debris in Harlan Wolfe Park, and replace a century-old structure within the park that was damaged beyond repair with a new outdoor classroom/pavilion.

- El Paso County will also get $200,000 to repair 5.7 miles of trail, three roads, a pedestrian bridge and 3.7 acres of land in Bear Creek Regional Park, all damaged when Bear and Fountain creeks rose to historic levels.

- Lakewood will get $86,000 to stabilize the Bear Creek banks and the channel running through Bear Creek Lake Park.

- Jefferson County is getting $110,000 to repair seven miles of trails in Apex, Lair o' the Bear, North Table Mountain and White Ranch parks.

- Loveland will use $251,543 to restore the heavily-used River's Edge Natural Area and Recreational Trail.

- Larimer County will get $84,300 to complete an assessment of the canyon's post-flood conditions to better guide future development and conservation plans. Additionally, the county will complete road and trail repairs throughout Hermit Park Open Space, a project GOCO funded previously.

- Morgan County is getting $505,650 to rebuild the ball fields in Riverside Park, which were decimated when the South Platte River breached its banks. The fields are the city's only lighted ball fields and its most popular.

- Evans will use $180,250 to repair or reconstruct several trail segments in Riverside Park, and hire a consulting firm to help develop a plan for the park's restoration.

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