Cañon City scores $350,000 from GOCO for river corridor projects

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From The Cañon City Daily Record:

The Great Outdoors Colorado board on Thursday awarded a $350,000 grant to Cañon City to make improvements along the Arkansas River near Centennial Park. The project was one of 14 selected for funding from a pool of 59, with funding requested more than triple what was available.

With the help this GOCO Local Park and Outdoor Recreation grant, Cañon City will make a variety of updates to enhance the experience of residents and visitors when recreating along the Arkansas River. The city will build an outdoor classroom along the river, update the existing Centennial Park play wave and construct a new “Ice House” play wave, designate an in-river play area for children, improve the existing boat take-out ramp, and add a gate system for competitive slalom paddlers.

In-river elements, such as well-placed boulders and jetties, will not only allow river enthusiasts to practice boating skills but will also create new fish habitat. The project will also expand access to water sports for area residents. The new park additions create safe opportunities for everyone to get involved, whether it be tubing, whitewater rafting, stand-up paddleboarding, or just playing in the river. Offering new experiences on the river could also lure new visitors in, helping support the local economy.

Construction on the project is set to begin in October and wrap up in the spring, making the new additions ready for public use in summer 2019. To date, GOCO has invested $4.8 million in Fremont County projects, including the Rouse Park Pickleball courts, Harrison Park improvements, Coal Creek Community Park development, and others.

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