Breeze Park needs grant money for face lift

This is the second time Dave Pike, director of Parks and Recreation, has applied for a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant for the beautification of Breeze Park.

“GOCO is a really competitive process,” he said. “As the year goes by and money gets tighter, it gets more competitive.”

The project would need about $330,000, with $215,000 of that coming from grant money.

The beautification plan includes putting up a gazebo, building a community garden and installing a fully handicap-accessible playground.

Currently, the park sits on 10 lots of land, and the new plan also includes adding bathrooms and a paved parking lot.

“Right now it’s just grass, basically, and old playground equipment,” said City Councilmember Gene Bilodeau.

While the plan got good scores on the grant application, it was turned down the first time around because they hadn’t demonstrated enough community interest or support, Pike said.

But, that doesn’t mean the community need isn’t there, he said. It just means it’s time for the community to get involved and speak up.

“It is in a really good location and for me being a teacher at Sunset; some of my students could do community service,” said Sara Linsacum who is also on the board of Parks and Recreation.

Linsacum said the gardens would be a great opportunity for students from Sunset Elementary to help out their town while learning.

“I see that being large in my classroom and for my students,” she said. “I was automatically drawn to it for our kids to use as a way to give back to the community.”

Besides providing a hands-on learning environment, Linsacum said it should be a draw to people of all ages.

“I’ve dealt with (needing) a place where people can get married or have their family reunion. It think it could be used for that,” she said. “For seniors, it (could be) a place for them to walk with a developed walking path.”

Bilodeau said he is excited for Breeze Park to become more developed.

“It’s right there by St. Michael’s church and it’s in a residential area,” he said. “I look forward to going to a place that has a park feel.”

He said it fits well with the city’s priorities.

“In Craig we’ve been looking to do more general beautification of the community,” Bilodeau said.

Breeze Park had been part of the school district until April 2011 when the district donated it to the city with the expectation that Parks and Recreation could get grant money to beautify it.

Additions to Breeze Park could provide a great space for children to play said Joe Petrone, Moffat County School District superintendent.

“I believe it’s going to be supported,” he said. “It’s such a wonderful collaborative endeavor with the school district and the city.”

With the plan in place, Pike is now seeking community input to beef up the grant application that is due Aug. 28. He has a comment box open at City Hall, and board members from Parks and Recreation have been knocking on doors, making phone calls and writing support letters for the grant.

“I’ve been contacting people,” Linsacum said. “I think a lot of people don’t even know what is going on in that area.”

Erin Fenner can be reached at 970-875-1794 or efenner@craigdailypress.com

Comments

batman 8 months, 4 weeks ago

The City of Craig and Moffat County need to build an animal shelter. It would be great if they would devote some staff time and energy to securing grant funding for a facility that is truly needed.

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Cole White 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Parks and Rec

I've been talking about getting some improvments to this park for years now. Lets throw the full weight of our civic clubs like Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions club behind this idea and use the fundraising efforts of those organizations to make it happen. Steamboat has a Rotary Club park that they funded and take care of....why not Craig? For kids West of Yampa and North of Victory there is no real park unless you go all the way out to North Park. A walking path would also be a nice addition. As it sits the park is only used for dogs to poop in and little things like a small band shell and a backstop for t-ball games would be great. Add some amenities and it would be the most used park in town instead of a useless park.

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Denise Bagley 8 months, 4 weeks ago

I totally agree with batman. If we ever have to bring a stray to the shelter, we actually make the drive to Steamboat Springs, because their shelter is so much better equipped than the one here. This is in no way a reflection of the dedicated, caring staff that work at the shelter either. I just don't think the shelter in Craig is the best place to leave a stray due to the general state of the facilities. They are lacking in space and equipment. The current location is just not ideal and not the best place for the animals, especially cats. I would love to see a shelter in a new location that is more visible and accessible to the public.

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misterkindbuds 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Why is this conservative city looking for handouts from the state - while at the same time denying new businesses to open? The excise and sales tax from marijuana-related products would be a great boost to this dump, yet our conservative leaders would rather seek handouts from the state. If minorities get aid - it's welfare; but if the lily-white Craigites take it, well we deserve it! I will be opening a community sandbox - and I look forward to the ribbon cutting, where the city leaders will all be invited to come and bury their heads for the photo op. Join us, won't you?

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