Flex Park at Colorado Outdoors
- Notice of Award: January 16, 2024
- Estimated Completion Date: July 2024
- Project Designer: Design Concepts (Lafayette, CO)
- Construction Contractor: Skip Huston Construction (Montrose, CO)
- Design Cost: $30k
- Construction Cost: $425k ($350k of this funded by Colorado Health Foundation Grant)
Master Plans for Colorado Outdoors (located immediately west of the Justice Center on Grand Avenue) have envisioned the construction of a small neighborhood park at some point in the course of its development. Within Colorado Outdoors, construction of the Uncompahgre Riverway Trail, associated public restroom, Bright Beginnings childcare facility, and the Montrose Recreation District’s (MRD) Flex Rec facility have helped to drive the need for construction of the park in 2024.
To that end, the city applied for a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to help fund construction of the park and was successful in securing $350k in grant funds. Following award of this grant, the city then moved forward with design of the park. The park is to be situated immediately adjacent to the four facilities discussed above. It should be noted that the park’s design is relatively simple due to budget constraints but has been designed to allow for items such as play boulders, gazebos, and picnic structures to be added at a later date.
The park is to be constructed on a parcel of land being donated to the City of Montrose by the developers of Colorado Outdoors. This donation has been secured through a memorandum of agreement and has an appraised value of $350k.
It should be noted that the city has also been working to secure the Morada cultural resource site near North 9th Street within Colorado Outdoors. Purchase of the land and formal preservation of this site are being implemented as separate standalone projects within the city’s 2024 budget.
This project is a culmination of the work and donations from a large, diverse group of stakeholders without which, the project would not be happening. The city would like to explicitly thank the following partners who have helped to make this project a reality:
- Doug and David Dragoo (Mayfly Outdoors, land donor)
- Colorado Health Foundation (primary funding partner)
- Montrose Recreation District
- Design Concepts
- Bright Beginnings at Colorado Outdoors>
- Sharp Consulting
- Secret Creek