DENVER – Today the Board of Directors of Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) awarded the City of Wiley a $51,200 grant to develop an outdoor recreation master plan.
This grant is part of GOCO’s Planning and Capacity program, which invests in projects that address opportunities, explore problems, engage communities and study trends in nature.
The City of Wiley plans to develop an outdoor recreation master plan with the assistance of consultants to facilitate community engagement activities and create the final plan. The plan will outline viable outdoor recreation opportunities that will be prioritized by the community and funding options for implementation.
The project consists of three phases. First, contracted facilitators will host town halls for residents to generate ideas for outdoor recreation to support underserved residents, youth and older community members. The consultants then validate the ideas by conducting a feasibility study that considers access and inclusion, as well as the cost of implementation and ongoing maintenance needs. Finally, the planners will develop and review the written master plan with the community and submit it to the city council for approval.
Partners in this project include the City of Wiley, the Wiley School District, the Wiley Lions Club, the Wiley Methodist Church, Prowers Economic Prosperity and the Southern Colorado Economic Development District.
“PEP is thrilled to partner with the City of Wiley on the GOCO Planning and Capacity Grant,” said Cheryl Sanchez, director of Prowers Economic Prosperity. “Planning for outdoor recreation in the Wiley Community will enhance recreational facilities to support economic development in Wiley and Prowers County. These amenities will help meet PEP’s goals of business attraction, expansion and retention.”
To date, GOCO has invested more than $4.2 million in projects in Prowers County, preserving 1,440 acres of land. GOCO funding has supported Smith Park Playground, Willow Creek Park, the Lamar Loop Trail, and the Lamar Sports Complex, among others.