Great Outdoors Colorado Board Accepting Concept Papers For River Corridors Initiative

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Here’s the release from GOCO:

The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board is requesting concept papers for large-scale projects centered around river-based recreation and open space. The Board has allocated $14 to $18 million for this initiative, which also includes projects surrounding creeks, streams, canals and other water sources suitable for outdoor recreation.

GOCO’s intent with this Rivers Initiative is to provide more places and facilities for Colorado’s citizens and visitors to enjoy the state’s vast river resources while maintaining the important river ecosystems and natural values they provide.

Given the high level of demand and the Board’s desire to see an immediate impact from these funds, GOCO is seeking projects that:

• are of regional or statewide significance; and
• can be completed within three years of award; and
• entail one or more of the following project types:

o will give people direct access to a river-based open space or recreational experience in appropriate locations
o will provide buffers to river-based open space or recreational facilities
o will provide critical planning for future river-based open space and recreation. (If you anticipate seeking planning funds, please contact GOCO staff prior to submitting a concept paper.)

The Board will evaluate concept papers based on eligibility and criteria available at http://www.goco.org. At its December 6, 2011, meeting, the Board will invite selected concept papers to submit full applications. Concept papers are due at the GOCO office no later than 5:00 p.m., October 14, 2011.

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