From Great Outdoors Colorado for trails and recreation master plan
PRESS RELEASE – This week the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board awarded a $47,800 planning grant to Central City for the development of a trails and recreation master plan. This project was one of eight planning projects funded, with requested funding more than double what was available.
With this GOCO planning grant, Central City will create a master plan for a trail network as well as other recreation amenities. Abundant outdoor recreation opportunities currently exist on public lands near Central City, but within the city limits, residents currently hike and bike in informal, undesignated areas, posing a safety risk.
Nearby Black Hawk has a trail network around Maryland Mountain, and the established Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon is close by. Linking Central City to these networks would greatly enhance recreation opportunities for residents and visitors. Goals of the project will be to connect to those surrounding trail networks outside the city limits and to develop a plan for a trail network linking Central City’s downtown area to Chase River Gulch.
The City will also plan for other potential recreation amenities, which could include boat rentals on the reservoir, an ice rink, a bike park, a zipline, or other features to be determined after community input.
The first step in the process will be to hire a consultant and identify key stakeholders. Then, planners will conduct a robust community engagement process to ensure a collaborative process. Based on findings, they will draft a plan for the trail network and various desired recreation amenities. Once finalized, the plan will be published, and the City will begin work toward implementation.
To date, GOCO has invested more than $800,000 in projects in Gilpin County and conserved more than 500 acres of land there. GOCO funding has supported the Gilpin County Ball Field, projects at Golden Gate Canyon State Park, and recreation planning in Black Hawk, among other projects.
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a Constitutional Amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 5,200 projects in urban and rural areas in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. Visit GOCO.org for more information.