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1986 - 1989

State Forest State Park

1986 - total support $8,500

Colorado State Forest State Park
Cabin Relocation

Grant: $2,000

Art in the Parks

Grant: $6,500

The Foundation for Colorado State Parks (the FCSP) rescued three cabins from demolition during an auction at Colorado State University's 4-H camp. The grant was used to purchase the cabins, move them to the shores of North Michigan Reservoir at the State Forest and to purchase three wood burning stoves. Visitors to the State Forest use the cabins year-round, generating revenue and excellent visitation for the park.

The Colorado Art Education Association administers an annual program to encourage K-12 students to express themselves through the creation of art based on an annual theme. A panel of jurors selects numerous works from across the state to receive a small reward. The FCSP provided a grant of $6,500 to create works of art with the theme of Art in the Parks. The winning selections were dispersed amongst numerous State Parks across Colorado.

1987 - total support $9,000

Barr, Roxborough, Golden Gate Canyon & Eldorado Canyon State Parks
Interpretive Sales


Grant: $2,000

Leveraged Grant: $7,000

           Rocky Mt. Nature Assoc      $5,000

           Park Budgets@ $500.00     $2,000

The Rocky Mountain Nature Association worked with the Division of Colorado State Parks (Division) to develop a sales program to raise support for nature interpretation materials at Roxborough, Barr Lake, Golden Gate and Eldorado State Parks. The FCSP provided funding to purchase cash registers used in connection with the sale of the interpretive materials.

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Eldorado Canyon State Park



No funding was provided to the Division in 1988. The Trustees of the FCSP and the Director of the Division of Colorado State Parks agreed to allow the principal of the Foundation's endowment to grow, thus enabling the FCSP to provide greater support to the Division in 1989.

1989 - total support $9,700

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
Kayaks and Equipment

Grant: $2,000

The Division and the Bureau of Land Management entered into a landmark agreement creating a 148 mile-long recreation area along the Arkansas River from Leadville to the Pueblo Reservoir. This area contains world­ class white water, good fishing and other outstanding recreation values. As the management agreement was taking shape, the need for the staff to have an effective means of accessing the river for safety and management became clear. The FCSP purchased two kayaks and related equipment, helping make the river much more accessible and enjoyable.

Bonny State Park
Interpretive Area


Grant: $2,000

Leveraged Grant: $3,000

            Martin Marietta

The development of an interpretive area for the Bonny Prairie, near Burlington, was needed to increase visitors' awareness of the shortgrass prairie environmental conditions before modern man entered the area. Donations from the FCSP and Martin Marietta made an outstanding display possible.

Cherry Creek State Park
Fishing Jetty


Grant: $1,700

Leveraged Grant: $1,096

           Winslow Construction                 $396

           Handicapped Fishing Group     $700

The Winslow Construction Company and the Handicapped Fishing Group matched a grant from the FCSP to help build a handicapped fishing jetty at Cherry Creek State Park. The project provided increased accessibility for elderly and disabled fishing enthusiasts who visit the Park.

Island Acres State Park
Play Structure


Grant: $2,000

Leveraged Grant: $2,000

            Game Time

The safety of the children's play structure at Island Acres State Park was in question. The FCSP provided funding for a new play structure, located at the swim beach area, providing high visibility and enjoyment by thousands of children each year.

Steamboat Lake State Park 


Grant: $2,000

Leveraged Grant: $1,000

            BMC West

Steamboat Lake State Park is one of the most popular State Parks in Colorado. The staff, along with local volunteers provide historic and environmental interpretive programs at the small amphitheater near the campground during the camping season. The FCSP provided funding for enhancements and the expansion of the amphitheater which is also enjoyed by the large number of annual park visitors. The grant from the FCSP was matched in-kind with construction materials by BMC West of Steamboat Springs.

North Sterling Reservoir State Park
Master Plan

Logan County residents and elected officials expressed interest to convert North Sterling Reservoir to a State Park. A development plan was needed and timing was tight. The County provided a $5,000 grant to the FCSP to create the needed planning effort to make this shared goal between the County and the Division a reality. The FCSP's ability to complete the planning effort in a timely and economically efficient manner allowed the Division to obtain the needed support from the Colorado Legislature, totaling $785,000, to begin the first phases of the Park.

Standley Lake State Park
Master Plan

North Jeffco Parks and Recreation District, City of Arvada, City of Broomfield, City of Westminster, Jefferson County Open Space, the Division of Wildlife and State Parks provided a collective grant of $10,500 to the FCSP to create a needed planning effort regarding a shared goal of adding Standley Lake to the State Park system.

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North Sterling State Park


Cherry Creek State Park


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North Sterling State Park

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