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GOCO Awards Grant to Carbon Valley Park and Recreation District
to Revitalize Frederick Softball Field

Frederick, Co  – The Great Outdoors Colorado Board has awarded Carbon Valley Park and Recreation District (CVPRD) $43,989 towards the revitalization of the Frederick Softball Field Safety and Renovation Project. The renovation will make the existing facility a safe place for youth and families with active, outdoor pursuits.

Many facets of this once valuable community amenity currently make it an increasingly unsafe facility. Most significantly, the infield is predominantly covered with divot-like depressions. This creates playing conditions where ground balls do not follow a predictable trajectory and where players are exposed to trip hazards. Players are vulnerable to bodily injuries including facial abrasions and sprained ankles. Also, the fencing is dangerous. This renovation project will bring this one time community gem back into high use.

“We are excited that GOCO shares the vision of our project and has awarded us with this opportunity to invest in our community,” said CVPRD Executive Director Ross Blackmer.

These grants support Governor John Hickenlooper's Colorado Beautiful initiative by identifying and filling critical gaps in connectivity for trails and open spaces, and GOCO’s new “Protect, Connect, Inspire” strategic plan, which focuses on land preservation, trails, and encouraging more youth to get outdoors.

GOCO is presently seeking applicants for its new Inspire Initiative, which offers between $1 million to $5 million in grants to selected communities to encourage kids to have more outdoor experiences. The program focuses on creating outdoor destinations like parks, improving access to outdoor location through new or improved trails, and expanding existing youth programs that introduce kids to the great outdoors. For more information on the initiative, visit


Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created by voters in 1992, GOCO has funded more than 3,500 projects in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. The grants are funded by GOCO’s share of Colorado Lottery revenues, which are divided between GOCO, CPW, the Conservation Trust Fund and school construction. For more information, visit

Frederick, Co(February 20th, 2015- The Carbon Valley Park and Recreation District is seeking an experienced leader to fill a vacated seat on its Board of Directors. The Director appointed to take this position shall serve until the next regular election, at which time the seat shall be filled by election for the remainder, if any, of the original vacated term.


For this position the candidate must be a registered voter of Colorado, and either; a resident of the District, or the owner (or spouse or civil union partner of the owner) of taxable real or personal property situated in the District, and a current resident of Dacono, Colorado.Read more...

Carbon Valley Park and Recreation District Encourages Recreation and Sports Degrees

Carbon Valley Park and Recreation District Encourages Recreation and Sports Degrees

Frederick, CO (Feb 2015)- High School Scholarship Application Season has begun. The Carbon Valley Park and Recreation District offers three (3) $500 scholarship for high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in Sport Exercise Science, Recreation Administration, Recreation Management, Sports Marketing, Sports Management, Sports, Fitness and Coaching degrees or related degrees. Read more..

Special District Association of Colorado selects Ross Blackmer

Frederick, Co (December 2015)-The Special District Association of Colorado (SDA) has selected Carbon Valley Park and Recreation District Executive Director, Ross Blackmer, as a 2015 SDA Leadership Academy Fellow.


The Special District Association of Colorado (SDA) is a statewide membership organization created in 1975 to serve the interests of the special district form of local government in Colorado. Special districts fill a vital role in providing many of the basic services and public needs of the people of Colorado, including fire and rescue services, water and wastewater treatment and delivery, parks and recreation amenities, hospitals, libraries and cemeteries. SDA has over 1,500 special district members and 230 associate members. These knowledgeable professionals provide information for the operation and development of special districts in Colorado.
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