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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Update on GOCO Grant Application for Sunset Vista Park

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In the fall of 2019, the Town of Buena Vista applied for a GOCO (Great Outdoors Colorado) grant to support the development of a community park in the Sunset Vista area on the west side of town. Unfortunately, we did not receive the required funding to support this capital improvement project for our residents. The proposed public park would have been first in this area with a connected trail system and true ADA access. The Sunset Vista Park and Trail concept included many unique play features and amenities requested by the Town’s residents over the past years. GOCO has helped to fund numerous parks (River Park, Skate Park, Splash Park, High School Baseball Field, Millie Crymble Park, Columbine Park) and recreational facilities in Buena Vista over the past 20 years. We are so grateful for what they have brought to our community. This year was a very competitive grant cycle with numerous communities asking for support for a myriad of very worthy projects.

We have a dedicated team that is digesting the feedback from GOCO and will be making an updated plan and priority list for park projects as we get closer to the 2021 grant opportunities. Even though we did not secure the grant this year, we want to assure our community that the Town owns these four donated lots in Sunset Vista and they will be used only for future park development. In addition to the land, the Town has set aside $50,201 to be used for the public park and trail project.

Continued community input and support is a key ingredient to our overall success as a rural mountain town. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns relating to the GOCO grant process, this park, or other recreational projects, please feel free to contact us anytime. We always appreciate your ideas and feedback.  

Stay Happy.  Stay Healthy.  

Earl Richmond
Buena Vista Recreation Director
719-395-2408
recdirector@buenavistaco.gov

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