GOCO Awards $500,000 Grant for Erie/Regional Trail Project

From the Town of Erie....

The trail mentioned can be seen on this Boulder County trail map

Governor Bill Ritter today announced the award of a $500,000 Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant for the Eastern Link of the Coal Creek / Rock Creek Trail Project. The project is a multi-jurisdictional collaborative effort to connect the communities of Erie and Lafayette with public open space properties in unincorporated Boulder County, Broomfield, Louisville, Superior and the city of Boulder. The project will construct a new 4-mile long trail that will extend from the existing Rock Creek Trail, near 120th Street in the City of Lafayette, to the existing trail at Vista Pointe Parkway and Coal Creek on Erie's eastern edge. The 4-mile section will complete one of the last remaining links of a 24-mile loop trail that connects these communities.

BACKGROUND: In December 2009, Town of Erie Board of Trustees approved a GOCO Special Opportunity grant application in partnership with Boulder County and the City of Lafayette for construction of various segments of the Coal Creek/Rock Creek Regional Trail. Erie has appropriated $350,000 in matching funds and is responsible for the segment from Vista Parkway to State Highway 7 which will include approximately 2.5 miles of 8 foot crusher fines trail, two bridges and an underpass at State Highway 7. It was determined that submitting one application on behalf of all three agencies provided the best opportunity for success in this highly competitive Special Opportunity grant cycle. Boulder County submitted the grant application to GOCO and each agency agreed to provide financial assistance to enable the entire project to be completed as follows:

• Erie - $350,000 (from the Erie Trails and Natural Areas Fund)

• Boulder County - $300,000

• City of Lafayette - $250,000

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