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Cripple Creek plans on major park improvements with grant money

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Learning from mistakes and persistence have paid off with a very large Great Outdoors Colorado grant for Cripple Creek.

Town leaders still need to give their approval to a grant to the Parks Department that could put $250,000 towards a 160 acre outdoor park.

The former mining town is now known as a mountain gaming town that draws in tourists from across the state and beyond. 

However, Parks Department leaders want to show they have more to offer than gambling. The proposal for the grant money will bridge developed land with an open space.

Plans include a disc gold course, a sledding hill, trails and a dog park that will complement an archery course and a BMX bike course.

It took some time for leaders to get the application process ironed out on the project on the master plan since 2017.. Last year they learned a hard lesson when their grant application was denied. 

All of the money from the Greater Outdoors Colorado grant comes from lottery proceeds.    

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