The Pueblo Chieftan

Parks and Rec seeks Lovell Park improvement grants

Pueblo West Parks and Recreation continues its push to fund and create new trails and recreation opportunities in the community and has just applied for another GOCO (Great Outdoors Colorado) grant to help with Lovell Park improvements.

Pueblo West Metropolitan District Board of Directors approved the GOCO grant application at their Aug. 27 meeting and Parks and Rec Director Carol Cosby delivered the application in Denver the following day.

The grant is for $92,354 from GOCO, with a local cash match of 30 percent.

Money would be used to improve several things at the ball fields at Lovell Park.

Field three would be completed with lighting, fencing and a dugout with benches.

Some infield material would be brought in and portable soccer goals would be purchased so the field could be multiuse.

Additionally, field one would get new net fencing to keep balls from going into field two or toward the pavilion.

The Pueblo West Softball Association has also given an in-kind donation of $3,500 that will purchase and install a roof over both of the dugouts on field three.

“We have nine support letters from the community, and I will drive the application to Denver,” Cosby told the Board of Directors Aug. 27, asking for a quick signature after approval.

The GOCO grant will be awarded in December, and Cosby said she would be pleased if Pueblo West received the grant and notice to proceed and could begin the improvements in the spring.

Cosby is also hopeful that another portion of trail within Pueblo West will be on its way soon.

Pueblo West currently is working with the Colorado Department of Transportation on an intergovernmental agreement for the Main McCulloch trail that would connect from Cattail Crossing north to Industrial Boulevard.

Cosby and the Board of Directors talked about the trail and the IGA at their last meeting, but tabled approval of the IGA so monetary figures could be updated on the paperwork.

“Originally, we got what we applied for in the grant (through CDOT), but the trail only went to Highway 50,” Cosby said. “Then we heard there would be more funds available if we wanted to continue the project across to Industrial, so an additional $114,000 was allocated to the project.”

Once CDOT receives the Pueblo West-approved IGA, they can approve it and then give official notice to proceed so that Cosby can put the project out to bid.

Still, with strict CDOT rules to follow, the project couldn’t be awarded until October at the earliest, and then possible weather might mean a spring construction start for the trail.

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