BRIGHTON — Almost $4 million in open space grant money was awarded Nov. 14 for 14 projects across Adams County during a board of commissioners meeting.
As part of the Adams County Open Space Sales Tax, the Open Space Advisory Board received 15 applications for grant money this cycle: eight passive grant applications, five active grant applications and two mini-grant applications. The total amount requested was $4,421,151.18. The OSAB reviewed the grant applications and made recommendations to the Adams County Board of Commissioners for funding in the amount of $3,897,936.18.
The board of commissioners awarded $3,897,936.18 in grants to the following projects:
— City of Aurora: Star K Ranch Trailhead Education, $5,000;
— City of Aurora: Star K Connection, $160,000;
— City of Aurora: Sand Creek Improvements, $425,000
— Barr Lake State Park: Rookery Trail, $6,600
— City of Brighton: Benedict Park Phase 1 Renovation, $511,800
— City of Commerce City: Future Second Creek Community Park Acquisition, $440,000
— City of Northglenn: Danahy Park Renovation, Tennis Courts & Playground Surfacing, $62,122;
— City of Northglenn: Pedestrian Underpass at Washington St. on Grange Hall Creek, $100,000;
— Strasburg Elementary School: Strasburg Elementary Playground Renovation (Phase 1), $100,065.68;
— Strasburg Metro Parks and Recreation District: Facility Signage, $5,000;
— City of Thornton: 98th Avenue and Riverdale Road Park Land Extension, $256,343;
— City of Westminster: Little Dry Creek Park and Open Space, $901,005.50;
— City of Westminster: Bushnell Open Space Acquisition, $225,000;
— Adams County: 88th Avenue Open Space Restoration and Recreation Development, $700,000.
“This grant cycle we saw many applicants focusing on improving natural areas,” said Board of County Commissioners Chairman W.R. “Skip” Fischer. “There are exciting enhancements or improvements planned for five popular natural areas in Adams County.”
“There were two applications from organizations in Strasburg this grant cycle,” said Commissioner Alice J. Nichol. “We are happy to support recreation opportunities for our residents in rural areas.”
The Open Space Sales Tax was approved by Adams County voters in 1999 and reauthorized through 2026. The sales tax is 1/4 of one percent, or 25 cents on every $100 purchase. The program includes a provision for a seven-member citizen board, appointed by the Adams County Board of Commissioners, to review and recommend projects for funding. Proceeds from the sales tax benefit parks, recreation and open space projects countywide. Funds are distributed in three ways: 68% is awarded through a competitive grant program, 30% is distributed back to the jurisdiction where the tax was generated, and 2% is allocated to administration costs