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8 - Items for Discussion/Information, Article on Lions Park and Boulders New Skate Park_____ __ ._ _ _--- -- - - ----__.._____ _ -- -~-~- - --- ._.~_~.~- - --------- -- _~~ .--- --._.._. _q firtcliri, i~~ li~~> "Ctr.,tunic-~__Srltisfac~ti~~ft ,Sr~rvc ~ r~c:~c ta~l,' co,t~lt~cl~~d hl' [~CJC(3 irr iic~utc~i tlttat smull e:orlrniurt~t~c~> u~1~1 lurgcz en»~~r~i~ttiti~s c~uc/c ihir,k t/te vtlier~ is ~~c~C~i~~in~r a c(1~1~rr~~~nr-tio~rcrtc~ ,s/~cu~: o,f ~GUCC?.f~~zcls.'' ,9rr ni7crli~si.~ o/~lncnl ~o.v- ' ernrn~~ii~ar~,~ozitdvvr'~~z~creirtinn cxrt~~err4~irc~rt»tental ~rlui~~rtic»t,Jueilil:es gral~fs sha,~i~~s t{acit ~'atttrr:iirtities iti°it1'a~q~t~la-- ~~ tinlts nf l~ss t/a~n 5.00~ urad ;~~eater• tlta~r 7~.tlf)t% f~u4 e T~,~ejr t1ic~ ntost sircces,sfi~l crt gar,ierirtJ tltc~se b~r~ar~is. Prolect.c tn .Iack,ivrr {ruuntl~ urrcf Boulc~cr Courit~~ ~me ,~or~rl e.xampfe,s ~c~f hn~n each ts hcrnz~/irirr~ fi-oi~i G(~C(7 firi~cls. Lion's Park Boulder's New Skate Park Lookin~ at Lion's Park near Walden in Jackson County, it is hard to believe it was once a bliahted wetlands area iilled with concrete slab5, sawdust and refuse. Today, it is a beautiful park. Since 1995, Jackson County and the local Lions Club have received four GOCO ~rants totaling $ l 11,075 to help pur- chase lots for the park, study and improve the wetlands, create a fishing pond and waterfowl potholes, and build a restroom facility and a trail. The park now serves as a local recreation area with wildlife viewing and fishing opportunities for visitors. It is also an outdoor lab where students can study wetlands. The community has been an integral part of each develop- mental phase of the park by donating tand, providing in- kind labor and helping with the initial clean-up of the park. The Colorado Division of Wildlife tilled the park pond with trout for the first Huck Finn Day, which is to become an annual event sponsored by the Lions Club. "I've been working on this project for 23 years," said Kent Crowder, Jackson's County Administrator. "I believe that Lions Park will be a tremendous asset for our community and all th~ vi~irors who come here." ~ Kids celcbr~ted the tirst fluck Finn Day at Lion's Park in Jackson Count} ~ GOCO funds were used to help build a tishing pond and utlier ameniti~s. IPJ7orn G~tu7esv of'JtrcAsort Cntmtt•1 A sno~vstorm the previous evening didn't stop participants from celebrating the ;rand opening of the Boulder Skate Park. Youn~ skateboarders quickly shoveled snuw as~de to test thcir skills at the new 14.000 square foot skateboard area at Scott Carpenter Park. The City of Boulder received :~ $100,000 local government grant from GOCO to help complete the project. The innovative concrete facility is constructed of street course areas and dec;p bowls that flow together and pro- vide a recreational experience for be~inners and advanced skaters and boarders alike. It replaces an old wooden skatepark that was in need of constant repair and required monitoring due to its difficult elements and separated design. Nlany skaters could not afford the daily fee that was char~~ed to maintain the old facility. Skaters and boarders worked with the Ciry of Buulder parks and recreation staff to develop a plan to build the new skatepark. They aren't the only ones pleased with the results. "Great Outdoors Colorado has helped us add real value to the community by helping provide an opportunity for kids and teens to havc a new skatepark," said Boulder Mayor, Will Toor. "It's an area tivhere they'll be safe and not get into trouble." ~ Skateboarders ~vere out in full force for the grand apening of the Buulder Skate Park in Boulder Counry. GOCO funds were used to replace an ulA wooden facilitv ~cith a modem concrete one. (GOCO Phutnl