GOCO delivers $615,178 to Mesa County

Out of $9.6 million distributed statewide by Great Outdoors Colorado for parks and open space projects, Mesa County is receiving $615,178.

Locally, the funds will go toward purchasing conservation easements, improvements to Fruita’s Little Salt Wash Park and new playground equipment at Grand Junction’s Melrose Park.

• $293,000 — To the Mesa Land Trust for purchasing “conservation easements over three contiguous farms between Grand Junction and Fruita,” according to a press release. Two of the properties border Fruit’s Little Salt Wash Park.

• $200,000 — To the city of Fruita for improvements to Little Salt Wash Park, 1135 18 Road, to include a 750-square-foot restroom, landscaping and infrastructure for athletic fields.

• $122,178 — To the city of Grand Junction for replacing play equipment from 1965 with new equipment, and adding 4,300 feet of concrete paths at Melrose Park, which is located just west of 26th Street and south of Orchard Avenue.

Out of the $9.6 million distributed across Colorado, the Western Slope’s 13 counties were awarded $3.6 million.

GOCO, created it 1992, gets its funds from the sale of lottery tickets.


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