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News Release

Larimer County Natural Resources awarded Great Outdoors Colorado grant for flood recovery efforts

Department: Natural Resources
Release Date: Apr 11, 2014

Contact Information:

Zac Wiebe, Fund Development Specialist, (970) 619-4534

On Wednesday, Governor Hickenlooper and officials from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) announced that the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources is being awarded $84,300 to assist with flood recovery efforts in the Big Thompson Canyon and Hermit Park Open Space outside of Estes Park. With some of the most significant flood damage in the County occurring in Big Thompson Canyon, Larimer County will use GOCO funds to complete an assessment of the canyon's post-flood conditions to guide future conservation and outdoor recreation plans. Additionally, the county will use a portion of the funding to complete road and trail repairs throughout Hermit Park Open Space, where GOCO has previously funded projects.

“It’s springtime, and Coloradans and tourists are ready to hit trails and enjoy all that the outdoors in Colorado have to offer,” Hickenlooper said. “Thanks to these GOCO funds that will support volunteer-based flood recovery projects we can build back better, stronger and more sustainable access to our most treasured Colorado locations.”
Statewide, GOCO is awarding $5 million for 14 flood recovery projects to communities in Boulder, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Morgan and Weld counties. Other grant recipients in Larimer County include the Estes Valley Park and Recreation District and the City of Loveland, which were awarded $443,558 and $251,543 respectively.  
“The damage is extensive but this will help communities get started on restoring popular parks or trails or start the planning process to figure out how best to rebuild,” said Lise Aangeenbrug, GOCO executive director. “In some cases, reopening damaged parks quickly is vital to a community’s economic recovery.”
Hopefully such an opening is now not too far off for Hermit Park Open Space thanks in part to the funds secured through this special grant. “We’re selecting a contractor to repair the roads at Hermit Park very soon,” said Chris Fleming, Park Manager for Larimer County Natural Resources. “If everything goes according to plan we’re hoping to re-open for the 4th of July weekend.”
Reservations for camping at Hermit Park won’t be available again until a firm open date can be set. Residents can check in on to find out when they can reserve sites for dates later in the summer, or book sites at other county campgrounds.
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