Town of Norwood, Rec District Awarded GOCO Grants
by Jessica Newens
Jun 25, 2009 | 1990 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print

NORWOOD -- Norwood has been awarded two separate Great Outdoors Colorado grants totaling nearly $50,000. GOCO awarded $33,228.42 to the Town of Norwood to build a skateboard park and BMX track. Another $15,000 was awarded to the Wright’s Mesa Recreation District for planning future projects in the area.

In January, Norwood Town Clerk Gretchen Wells applied for a GOCO grant to pay for replacing a BMX bike track that was torn down to make way for the construction of several Habitat for Humanity houses. She also asked for money to pay for the construction of a new skateboard park. Now that the project has been funded, construction of the new track and skateboard park, to be located west of the existing town park, can begin.

Norwood’s Jon Sapp will oversee the design and construction of the new park. He is looking for donations of clean fill dirt for the BMX trails, while Wells will begin the bidding process for pouring a slab of concrete for the skateboard park. Once the concrete is in place, the town will begin installing equipment, which will include two quarterpipes, a stair wedge, two grind rails, a grind box, a flat wedge and a covered mini ramp. A volunteer work day will likely be planned.

Although a one mil levy on property taxes to support the Wright’s Mesa Recreation District was approved in November, the funding -- an estimated $133,000 -- will not start coming in until 2010. In the meantime, the rec district will use the $15,000 awarded by GOCO to begin planning future projects and ultimately secure future grants.

According to District President Ken Watts, the money will allow them to bring in a consultant to analyze potential projects in the area based on existing properties and amenities. A master plan will be created, and a regulation-size baseball field will possibly be one of the district’s first projects.

GOCO grant money comes from the sale of Colorado lottery tickets and is used to help fund park and recreation projects within the state. In 2009, GOCO funded 55 projects in 34 counties, totaling $9.6 million -- $1.6 million more than originally anticipated. Three other regional projects also received GOCO grants: $350,000 to purchase the Bray Ranch for county open space; $20,000 for Town of Telluride park bleachers; and $36,000 for a Town of Ophir park addition.

Fresh Pickin’s at Norwood Farmers Market

The third season of the Norwood Farm and Craft Market season is well underway, offering fresh, regionally grown food and crafts every Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Pig Palace at the San Miguel County Fairgrounds.

If you were unable to stop by last week you missed beautiful Tigrinum lilies, organic sweet Rainer cherries, grass-feed beef and pork, sunflower salad greens, herb and vegetable plants, eggs, lettuce, strawberry rhubarb turnovers, alpaca wool scarves, and lampwork beaded jewelry. More items are being added each week, and it’s a great place to pick up a light breakfast, complete with coffee, while socializing with friends.

Anyone interested in becoming a market vendor should contact Margie Huebner at 327-0570 or Louise Meier at 864-7382. With qualified products, market vendors can purchase space to sell their wares for $10.

UC San Miguel Summer Class Offerings

Telluride’s University Centers of the San Miguel has many classes, both credited and non-credited, for regional students.

In its business series, the school is offering The Financial Crisis: A study of the current economic situation, and how to move forward with instructor Judith Thompson. The class takes place in Telluride, Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 28-Aug. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Language students can take Beginner Spanish Plus with Marion Bristow, Tuesdays, July 7-Aug. 25, 6-8 p.m., or French for Travelers with Emily Wilbert, BA, Thursday, June 25, 6-8 p.m. All classes take place in Telluride.

Between now and August, computer class offerings include two Microsoft Excel classes in Telluride and a Photoshop and Dreamweaver class on website and business design in Ridgway.

Tuition costs do not include the registration fees ($15/semester/family), materials fees, or books (if applicable). Class size is limited and registration is required prior to the class start date. For more information and to register, visit

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