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Posted on: April 5, 2019

GOCO Awards Grant for Fairgrounds Renovation and Upgrade Project

Riders on horseback take advantage of nice weather at the Norwood Fairgrounds

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY CO (3-21-19)-The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board has awarded $157,103 to the San Miguel County Fairgrounds & Regional Park Outdoor Arena Renovation & Upgrade Project.


One of 17 projects selected for funding in this GOCO grant cycle, the Local Park and Outdoor Recreation grant will help San Miguel County upgrade the existing outdoor arena at the San Miguel County Fairgrounds & Regional Park (SMCFRP) in Norwood.


The County will provide a 25 percent match for the grant, which will offset the total cost of the $209,471 project, San Miguel County Parks and Open Space Director Janet Kask said.


Said San Miguel County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) Chair Kris Holstrom, “We are pleased and excited to announce that the County was just awarded a GOCO grant for our proposed Fairgrounds Outdoor Arena and Renovation project. Once completed it will significantly improve these well-used facilities. The BOCC salutes all those involved in the grant application process! San Miguel County is providing a significant match for the project total of $200,000. We can't wait to see the results!”


"The awarding of this GOCO grant to San Miguel County is great news for the Fairgrounds,” Kask said.  “This will enable the County to proceed with a much-needed project of upgrading the existing Outdoor Arena by replacing the footing, improving the drainage, and replacing the exterior fencing.  We're excited for this project to commence, as it will benefit all Fairgrounds user groups.”


For four generations the San Miguel County Fairgrounds has been home to the Annual San Miguel Basin Fair and Rodeo. The facility has been open for all to use and enjoy 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to community events, equestrian training and recreation are enhanced by this venue, which is the largest in the region and also serves residents of Montrose County’s West End.


As the third fastest growing county in Colorado, San Miguel County includes three new youth clubs and two new chapters of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) that will make use of the renovated Fairgrounds venue.


To date, GOCO has invested $10.4 million in projects in San Miguel County and has conserved more than 15,600 acres of land. GOCO funding has supported the San Miguel County Down Valley Park, grandstands at Telluride Town Park, and the Norwood Recreation District baseball field, among other projects.


Reach San Miguel County offices online or call 970-369-5469.

San Miguel Basin Fair and Rodeo
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