Ski Corp distributes grants

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From improvements to the skate park to street banners in Hayden, Ski Corp. is giving $75,000 in grants to 14 community projects.

As part of a 1984 agreement with the city of Steamboat Springs, the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation allocates $100,000 a year to the city. The city uses $25,000 for maintenance to the Ski Time Square parking structure. The remaining $75,000 is used to fund above-ground capital improvements.

Each year, a contribution committee made up of five organizations and two at-large community members decides where that money goes.

At a Nov. 18 meeting, the City Council passed a resolution approving the recommendations from that committee on where the $75,000 should go.

The largest grants went to the Colorado Ski Heritage Project for the K65 ski jumps and the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey and Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club for a new public address system at the Howelsen Hill Ice Arena. Both organizations received $10,000.

The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club received $7,500 for its final phase of the Rotary River Park. Yampatika also received $7,500, which will be used to install educational, hands-on, interactive exhibits in the Yampatika Nature Center.

The town of Hayden received $4,300 for poles to support its street banners and the Routt County Fair Association received $6,600 for improvements to the Routt County Fairgrounds multipurpose building.

Three individuals received grants. Cassandra Krause received $5,055 for improvements to the skate park at Howelsen Hill.

Gordon Campbell was given $3,500 for a second mural on the Campbell building, which looks out along the western section of the Yampa River Core Trail.

Wayne Kakela received $3,385 for a group of seven metal life-size sheep that are planned for the parking lot of the Stock Bridge Transit Center and the core trail.

In the past 19 years, Ski Corp. has contributed $1.4 million to 210 community projects. Of those projects, 149 went toward improving city-owned land and facilities.

"It would be difficult to look anywhere in this city without seeing projects that were development through Ski Corp. (grants)," City Director of Intergovernmental Services Linda Kakela said.

This year, the committee had to choose from 21 applicants requesting $162,000. The committee meets four times before making its recommendations.

The committee is comprised of Jim Chapell from the Parks and Recreation Commission, Randall Hannaway from the Planning Commission, Kathy Stokes from the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, Nora Parker from the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Mike Lane from Ski Corp., and Suzi Hawkins and Sarah Floyd as the at-large members.

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