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Posted on: December 6, 2023

County Receives Grant to Revitalize Fairgrounds Playground

Delta County proudly announces the acquisition of a transformative $515,000 grant from the esteemed Colorado Health Foundation. This substantial grant will be dedicated to the re-imagination and development of a vibrant, multi-generational space at the County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss, Colorado. The comprehensive redevelopment project, slated for completion in 2024, represents a significant milestone in Delta County's commitment to fostering community engagement and well-being.

This generous grant builds upon a previous award received by Delta County from the Colorado Health Foundation in the fall of 2022, which initiated the comprehensive reimagining process of the Fairgrounds playground. Using these funds, the county prioritized community engagement, utilizing equitable development and building environment planning tools provided by The Colorado Health Foundation.

Working in collaboration with local organizations such as The Nature Connection, Delta County Libraries, Partners of Delta County, and Delta County Human Services, Delta County engaged a diverse group of residents to contribute their time over multiple meetings this past summer to share invaluable insights into the design of the new playground area. This inclusive approach ensures that the space will cater to the diverse needs and preferences of Delta County's varied population.

"Receiving this grant from the Colorado Health Foundation is a testament to our commitment to creating inclusive and engaging spaces within our community," remarked Delta County Commissioner Wendell A. Koontz. "The collaborative effort between Delta County and our residents, along with the support of local partner organizations, underscores our dedication to ensuring that the new playground space at the Fairgrounds reflects the desires and values of our diverse community."

The redevelopment of the playground will feature modern amenities, carefully crafted play structures, and innovative equipment aimed at fostering physical activity, creativity, and social interaction among individuals of all ages and abilities.

“The Colorado Health Foundation fundamentally believes that community members must be at the center of every public space vision in our state,” said Sean Dollard, program officer at the Colorado Health Foundation. This project exemplifies community members and young people being in the driver’s seat at every step along the way, materializing in a vision that is wholly and truly community-driven. We couldn’t be prouder to help fuel the next steps in the community’s vision coming to life.”

The County is eager to embark on the construction phase of this transformative project in 2024, guided by the invaluable input received from the community. This reimagined space is poised to become a central hub for recreation, fostering community connections and creating lasting memories for generations to come.

For further information or inquiries regarding the County Fairgrounds' redevelopment project, please visit our Fairgrounds page.

For more information about the Colorado Health Foundation, visit the Foundation web page.

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