Great Outdoors Colorado has invested millions of dollars over the years in improving conditions along the South Platte River, which runs through Adams, Arapahoe and Denver counties. Thanks to GOCO’s efforts―and those of many partners―the South Platte River Corridor is now a major hub of outdoor recreation and environmental learning.
Crystal River Trail
A Great Outdoors Colorado grant helped build the first five miles of the recreational trail from Carbondale to the foot of Mount Sopris in Garfield County.
Colorado Youth Corps Association
Great Outdoors Colorado funding helps create jobs at no cost to taxpayers via the Colorado Youth Corps Association, which provides 16- to 24-year-olds with training and employment on land, water and energy conservation projects throughout the state. GOCO granted $1 million to Colorado Youth Corps in 2011, resulting in the creation of 500 public land stewardship jobs statewide.
Great Outdoors Colorado protects many of Colorado’s ranches from development, allowing them to continue contributing to the state’s economy by remaining in operation. The Medano-Zapata Ranch in Alamosa and Saguache counties was preserved via the help of GOCO funds. The Nature Conservancy manages the property―known for its rare plants and wildlife―as a working ranch.
Brighton Aquatic Park
A grant from Great Outdoors Colorado helped replace the City of Brighton’s 58-year-old community pool. With a zero-depth entry toddler pool, two slides, a lazy river feature and a water basketball area, the new Family Aquatic Park more than meets the community’s needs.