November 4, 2009

McGraw Park in Bailey gets GOCO grant
About $150,000 awarded for improvements to downtown-Bailey park

McGraw Park in downtown Bailey will receive $149,764 in grant money from Great Outdoors Colorado to fund improvements to the park.

The Park County Historical Society partnered with Destination Bailey and Park County government to apply for the grant last fall.

Park County government officially submitted the grant application because GOCO requires that grant applications come from municipalities.

GOCO is funded through revenue generated from the Colorado State Lottery.

Park County's Board of County Commissioners approved entering into an agreement with the Park County Historical Society on Aug. 27 to manage the grant

The application for the almost-$150,000 grant requires a 10 percent cash match along with in-kind contributions.

According to a press release issued from the Park County Office of Tourism and Community Development, the awarding of the grant would improve the park for use by tourists and residents.

Improvements that are planned include installing public restrooms, upgrading existing facilities and adding new features, such as a fishing dock and more picnic tables, according to the release.

"This, in turn, will increase the appeal of Bailey as a vacation destination," it said.

Gary Nichols, director of the Office of Tourism and Community Development, couldn't be reached immediately for comment.

Arthur Hall, president of the Park County Historical Society, could also not be reached immediately.