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Grants awarded for Manitou Incline Trail and Ute Valley Park
Monday, December 16, 2013

Colorado Springs, CO - The City of Colorado Springs is pleased to be the recipient of two Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grants totaling $1,358,500. The highly competitive, lottery-funded grants will fund improvements to the Manitou Incline Trail and the expansion of Ute Valley Park. These enhancements will boost recreation and contribute to the city’s proud legacy of high-quality parks, trails and open space land.

Manitou Incline Trail

The $350,000 grant will fund a critically-needed construction project designed to improve safety, manage drainage and erosion, enhance user experience and provide long-term sustainability of the popular Incline.

Ute Valley Gateway (Phase II)

The $1,008,500 grant will protect this magnificent property in perpetuity for the citizens of Colorado Springs. These monies supplement an earlier 2013 GOCO grant awarded to Ute Valley Gateway for Phase I.

The City will purchase a conservation easement that will protect approximately 110 acres of land as well as provide public access to the entire 203-acre Ute Valley Park. The acquisition will also allow the completion of the Ute Valley Trail, an important east-west recreational resource.