Lyons, CO: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper visited Lyons, Colorado today to announce the recipients of the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Flood Recovery grants for 2014. The Town of Lyons came away the big winner with a $1 million dollar award for the reconstruction of Meadow Park.
“This park is central not only to our community, but to our economy”, said Parks and Recreation Director Dave Cosgrove. S2o worked with Cosgrove as well as others in the community to help define the project, craft the grant, and create conceptual designs to aid GOCO in visualizing Lyons’ concept for the new and improved Meadow Park.
“We have a lot of projects we are working on at S2o right now”, said S2o Director Scott Shipley, “but the thing we are most proud of as a team are our efforts to help our hometown recover from the flood.” The $1 million dollar grant will aid Lyons with the more than $4 million dollars in damages that occurred in Meadow Park during the September 2013 flooding event. Rainfall in that month created flows of greater than 20,000 cubic feet per second in a streambed that normally runs less than 600 cubic feet per second. The disaster is credited with causing more than $50 million dollars damage to the Town as a whole.
“The great thing this grant does, more than any other funding so far, is begin the process of recreating Lyons as a destination for visitors and as a rebuilt Town for the people of Lyons. This is one of our first projects that is designed to welcome people back to this community”, commented S2o Engineer Nathan Werner. The funding will be put to use almost immediately as the S2o and DHM designed phase 1 of meadow park begins construction later this month.