GOCO's 2015 Paths to Parks Projects
Great Outdoors Colorado's (GOCO) Paths to Parks grant opportunity to-fund major trail related-projects. The program is designed to provide free, safe, non-motorized access to local parks, open spaces and other public areas; GOCO hopes to encourage youth and families to explore the outdoors destinations in their own backyards and beyond. For the 2015 grant round, many project proposals were submitted for funding and the following municipalities have had their projects approved for funding:
Larimer County Department of Natural Resources
Longview Corridor Trail
Total Project Cost: 5,200,864
The Longview Corridor is an important trail connection between Fort Collins and the City of Loveland. This connection will complete that section of the Colorado Front Range Trail by connecting the Fossil Creek Trail to Loveland's Recreational Trail. In 2016 another trail connection will be constructed between Fort Collins and Loveland (called the Loveland to Fort Collins connection trail) and funded by CPW's Trails Program to give greater connectivity and loop opportunities to trail users. The Longview Corridor trail project received GOCO funding totaling $999,550.
Town of Elizabeth
Elizabeth Trail System
Total Project Cost: 1,347,971
The town of Elizabeth was granted GOCO Paths to Parks funding to help support new trail infrastructure in the town where there is little opportunity to find local or neighborhood trails. This project will establish trails throughout the town connecting important public amenities such as Elizabeth High School and Casey Jones Park. The town of Elizabeth requested $700,000 in their grant request, and received $596,631.
City of Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs Legacy Loop
County: El Paso
Total Project Cost: 3,080,222
The Legacy Loop Project involves maintenance and improvements to the Pikes Peak Greenway including the construction of two underpasses beneath major roads along the Pikes Peak Greenway to separate the trail users from busy roadways. The pikes Peak Greenway extends north to the New Santa Fe Regional Trail that extends north to Palmer Lake and at the south end of the Greenway, it connects to the Fountain Creek Regional Trail that terminates in Fountain, CO. To complete the Legacy Loop within the City of Colorado Springs, will complete the Shook's Run Trail and connect to the Greenway by way of the Rock Island Trail. The City requested and received $1,000,000 for this ambitious project.
City of Gunnison
Ridges to Rivers Trail Project
Total Project Cost: 711,262
The trail projects proposed in this grant are designed to connect the city to the Gunnison River, Signal Peak Recreation Area, and the Comanche Creek areas outside of town. The premise of this project is to bring the city residents more efficiently via trails to surrounding natural resources. Due to the uncertainty as to which trail project the city will fund, there are no trail project maps available at this time. The City of Gunnison requested $510,568 and was awarded $407, 200.
City of Lamar
Lamar Loop Trail
Total Project Cost: 1,381,798
The Lamar Loop is a trail system will encircle the City of Lamar giving residents more opportunity to use trails in town and close to home. The trail system will feature many access points and will connect residents to key parks and town facilities. The City of Lamar requested $996,619 for their trail grant and they received the full amount requested to complete the project.