McGraw Park is a 20-acre parcel in Bailey, Colorado owned by the Park County Historical Society (PCHS). The property extends on both sides of the North Fork of the South Platte River and has extensive river frontage. Eighteen acres on the southwest side of the river has a rough trail system, constructed over 10 years ago. Two acres on the north side of the river provide a permanent location for a number of Park County historic buildings. The land was donated in 1969 by Helen McGraw-Tatum for the purpose of providing an area for Park County to showcase historic buildings and to provide a hiking and picnic area that maintains the natural beauty of Park County.
This area is a prime location for recreational improvement. Current plans include a loop trail with botanical markers, national forest access, three observation lookouts, a fishing dock, bridge expansion accommodate access and fishing, picnic areas, barbecue grills, modifying a building for public restrooms, paths and parking improvements.
In 2001, the PCHS engaged University of Colorado at Denver, to develop a park improvement plan. The plan was completed, but funding was never obtained. If this grant request is awarded, the funds will be used to implement the CSU plan to fulfill Helen McGraw Tatumís vision for the Park, to inspire a new sense of community in Bailey, and to provide a revitalized recreational destination featuring hiking, picnicking, and fishing to draw both local residents and visitors to the area.
The Park County Historical Society, in partnership with Park County Community Development and Tourism Department and Destination: Bailey! is ready to submit a grant application to Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to renovate, update and improve McGraw Park in lower downtown Bailey
Much hard work on planning & research has been done to accomplish this, and we are very close to having all our application ready to submit. There is, however, a few important areas that call for Community support. There is a "match" that we have to come up with. This is both in monetary donations as well as In-kind donations- (services, materials etc.).
For those interested in bringing this "vision" to fruition, the following links will provide additional information and forms for donations.
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