On July 28, the Adams County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) awarded more than $9.5 million in open space grants for 20 projects thanks to the voter-approved Open Space Sales Tax. This included two grants worth $175,000 for City of Northglenn projects.
Funding for the Spring 2021 grant cycle came from revenues from the second half of the 2020 Adams County Open Space Sales Tax, which was passed by Adams County voters in 1999, and in perpetuity in 2020.
When the Open Space Sales Tax was presented to voters in 1999, the ballot question called for the creation of an Open Space Advisory Board. This board recommends open space projects to the BOCC for funding. Grants are funded from 68% of the tax proceeds and are awarded twice a year.
Jaycee Park Ballfield Improvements Project - City of Northglenn
Project Summary: The Jaycee Park Ballfield Improvements project comprises a major electrical service upgrade, replacement of the existing ballfield lighting with a new, more efficient LED light structure system that meets modern standards, and rehabilitation of the scorekeepers' booth at Jaycee Park - home to Northglenn's only lit softball/baseball field. In addition, the project includes a new Level II dual-port electric vehicle charging station in the parking lot, which is shared by the Bill Goodspeed Happy Tails Dog Park. The improvements will enhance the recreational amenities to users of all ages and abilities and demonstrate the city's commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability.
Grant Award: $170,000
Mini Grant: Sustainable Path to Northglenn’s Trails and Waterways Project – City of Northglenn
Project Summary: The Sustainable Path to Northglenn's Trails and Waterways project will assist in alleviating the urban pressure exerted on the city's watershed areas through the planting of purposefully selected native and hardy trees along the Farmers' Highline Canal, Grange Hall Creek, and the Tuck Lateral Corridors. The aging tree canopy on these waterways, adjacent to the associated trails, has been significantly impacted in recent years. Northglenn welcomes and encourages the use of the community's natural areas, and with increased population and active lifestyles comes the increased need for maintenance of free access to healthy waterway trails. Over 200 trees will be planted and aid in restoration of more than 100 acres of open space without creating a dense vegetation wall or blocking line of sight; at a minimum, approximately 50 trees will be planted through a combination of a successful Adams County Open Space Grant award and the financial assistance of other partners.
Grant Award: $5,000