The Montrose Board of County Commissioners showed their support for the Montrose Recreation District (MRD) and City of Montrose Connecting the People to their Parks and Recreation grant award with $10,000 awards towards the grant match. Last week, the city and MRD announced that the project was awarded $2 million from the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board toward the construction of 2.25 miles of new trail and two bike/pedestrian underpasses to cross U.S. Highway 550 and U.S. Highway 90. The county is excited about the potential to transform the trail system to link local parks, trails, and recreation facilities with safer and more well-connected pedestrian routes.
"This project lines up with all aspects of the county's citizen-driven strategic plan and will serve to benefit the community," said Chairman Keith Caddy. "The county supports the efforts and vision of project partners the Montrose Recreation District and the City of Montrose, and the board wanted to show its support by awarding $10,000 to assist in the project."
"It is really exciting to bring the county in as a partner on the Connect Trails project," said Montrose Recreation District Board President Barbara Bynum. "I strongly believe that when local governments work together we can accomplish great things for our community. I look forward to exploring more ways for the city and the recreation district to partner with the county. We have a lot of exciting projects being built in Montrose right now — the Events Center, the new middle school, and the Field House are a few examples. And while it is important to work together to bring these facilities online, I think there will be tremendous opportunities to work together to operate, promote, and schedule these facilities for the benefit of the people who live and visit our town."
For more information regarding the project, please see the City of Montrose new release regarding the award at http://www.cityofmontrose.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=964.