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Coronado seeking grant funds to replace aging playground

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By Deborah Swearingen

Coronado Elementary School is looking to build a new playground at the school with the help of Foothills Park and Recreation District and a Great Outdoors Colorado grant.

The playground, which is at least three decades old, needs to be fully replaced, and the school is applying for a $350,000 GOCO grant in order to do so.

“With that the school or the school district cannot apply for those funds directly. They need a host,” said Colin Insley, director of parks, planning and construction with Foothills. “ … That’s really the extent of what our participation is.”

According to Aaron Ward, a representative from Coronado, the project could cost upwards of $400,000 and may include an outdoor classroom, larger play structures and more.

Foothills wouldn’t contribute financially to the project but would instead serve as the applicant. Furthermore, information provided by Foothills says this project wouldn’t compete with any projects or grants the district is working on.

If the GOCO grant is approved, the playground would be open to the public. The Foothills board of directors unanimously approved a resolution allowing Coronado to move forward with the grant. The park and recreation district plans to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with Jeffco Public Schools regarding the project.