Hayden earns $100K in grants

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Two grants are rarely awarded to one entity in a single grant cycle, a Great Outdoors Colorado representative told Hayden Town Clerk Lisa Johnston last week.

The town of Hayden is an example of this rarity after being awarded two grants totaling more than $100,000.

The town received notification that it will receive one grant for $90,000 to help fund a $174,742 soccer field at Dry Creek Park, a planned multi-sport park south of the Routt County Fairgrounds. It also was notified that it will receive a $13,895 grant for a $19,895 halfpipe that will be built at the town skate park.

"(GOCo program assistant) Aimee Wesley said we must be very worthy of these," Johnston said. "We're way psyched about this, especially because soccer is the most popular sport right now because both genders can play it. People from here have been going to Craig to play soccer."

In his grant application, former Town Manager Rob Straebel wrote that all of Routt County would benefit from a the soccer field at Dry Creek Park. A parking lot planned to go between the park and the fairgrounds would make it easily accessible, Straebel wrote.

The cost of the soccer field includes an irrigation system, grading and preparing the land, planting grass and installing goals. The town budgeted the remaining $84,742 for the project in its 2004 budget.

The town must annex the land for Dry Creek Park before any construction can begin, Johnston said. That annexation is expected to happen in the spring, she said.

The plan is to level the land, install the sprinkler system and plant grass immediately after annexation, Johnston said.

The field likely will not be ready to use until 2005 because it will take a year to build and another year for the grass to take root, Johnston said.

The town previously was denied a grant for the soccer field because a waterline extension was in the plan. The town took care of its need for a waterline by securing a grant from the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program earlier this year. That, in turn, helped it get the GOCo grant this time, Johnston said.

The town has budgeted $6,000 to complete the halfpipe project. Installing the halfpipe will be much simpler than building the soccer field.

"It's just a matter of ordering it and getting it here," Johnston said.

No additional concrete will have to be poured. It just has to be anchored down.

With the implementation of the half pipe, the town will more strictly enforce its helmet rule, Johnston said, because it will allow skaters to ride much faster and fly much higher.

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