On Tuesday, the Adams County Board of
Commissioners (BOCC) awarded the City of Brighton $554,800 in open space grants
for two projects thanks to the voter-approved Open Space Sales Tax. Funding for
this grant cycle came from revenues from the second half of the 2017 Adams
County Open Space Sales Tax, which was passed by Adams County voters in 1999.
Brighton was awarded grant
funding for the following projects
Downtown Plaza Park,
Phase I – $550,000
Project Summary: The City of Brighton is seeking funding
support for their new Downtown Plaza Park. This project will create an iconic
gateway into Brighton by including public art, and a flexible gathering space
for events, play, and shade. Site amenities include a playground, trail, picnic
shelters, event area, streetscapes, landscaping, restrooms, and lighting.
Downtown Plaza Park is located at 5 S. Main St.
Grant: High School Seniors Beautification Project in Elmwood Cemetery – $4,800
Project Summary: Volunteer high school seniors will plant
trees in the southeast section and the cremation garden of Elmwood Cemetery.
Elmwood Cemetery is located at 14800 Old Brighton Road.
The Open Space Advisory Board reviewed 18 grant applications
this grant cycle, recommending that the Board of County Commissioners approve
15 of the projects for full funding, and two projects for partial funding.
Today, 17 project grants were awarded totaling $5,082,490.50.
When the Open Space Sales Tax was presented to voters in 1999,
the ballot question called for the creation of a citizen Open Space Advisory
Board. This board recommends open space projects to the county commissioners
for funding. Grants are funded from 68 percent of the tax proceeds and are
awarded twice a year.
For more information on the projects awarded, contact Parks &
Recreation Department Assistant Director Mark Heidt at 303-655-2170.