The City of Fort Morgan learned Wednesday that it had been awarded a $45,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado to help build a BMX-style bike park and trails around the city’s new skate park facility in Brenda Joy Park.
The grant application was written and submitted by Community Services Director Ty Hamer and Management Intern Daniella Cabrera. It will be used for trail work and the purchase of BMX-style bike park equipment as part of continuing improvements at the park.
Fort Morgan has added amenities and improvements to Brenda Joy Park in recent years, most recently by adding an 8,000-square-foot skate park that is popular among older children and teens.
The city will use the GOCO funds to build a half-mile, multi-use nature trail, ranging from single-track to wider areas, as well as ramps, landing zones, balancing obstacles and raised platforms. The range of difficulty will cater to both beginner and expert riders.
The city hopes this will offer the younger group a better opportunity to grow an appreciation for biking, and older kids will enjoy the additional features and added excitement they bring.
The development of a bike park has been a community priority for several years, and the project has seen strong public support. The city hopes the work will be complete this year. The city has budgeted additional funding to complete the estimated $60,000 project.
To date, GOCO has invested $6.1 million in projects in Morgan County and has conserved more than 7,400 acres of land there. In Fort Morgan, GOCO funding has supported flood restoration efforts at Riverside Park, Columbine Elementary’s school yard and playing fields at Legion Park and Baker School, among other projects.
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.
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