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Nature & Wildlife
2013 July
Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
Range Call Community Celebration July 3-7
Since 1938, the small town of Meeker Colorado has
celebrated their western heritage with its annual
Range Call festival. In honor of keeping tradition
alive, the Range Call Rodeo is a big part of the fun.
The first rodeo held in Meeker was in 1885 dur-
ing the town¡¯s Fourth of July celebration, and has
continued every year since, making Range Call the
¡°oldest annual rodeo in Colorado¡±.
Complementing the rodeo action each year are a
variety of enjoyable events including concerts, the
annual barn dance, historical reenactments, and
plenty of food and unique vendors.
Meeker is known to have one of the best fire-
works displays on the western slope. Their 4th of
July parade is always a highlight of Range Call
and is accompanied by other smaller local events
such as a pancake breakfast, 5k run, and root beer
floats provided by the Meeker Historical Society.
970.878.5510.
Montrose Water Park Funded
The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board
has approved funding for the Montrose Water
Sports Park, River Trail and Field Renovation
project, bringing $259,384 in lottery proceeds to
Montrose. The project is one of eight that were
selected for funding from a statewide field of
51 project proposals that were submitted under
GOCO¡¯s Spring 2013 Local Parks and Outdoor
Recreation grant cycle.
Strong intergovernmental collaboration distin-
guished the proposal from others in the extreme-
ly competitive grant cycle. ¡°We would have
absolutely not received this funding if all three
GOCO-eligible agencies in Montrose (Montrose
Recreation District (MRD), the City and the
County), did not come together like they did,¡±
stated MRD Executive Director Ken Sherbenou.
¡°We are very grateful for the partnerships that
made this effort successful, which will improve
our community¡¯s parks and recreation infra-
structure.¡±
City Manager Bill Bell emphasizes the need
for even more intergovernmental cooperation.
¡°Montrose taxpayers have asked us all to work
together in a creative fashion to make things
happen here in our community,¡± he said. ¡°This
successful venture is a great example of that
spirit of collaboration working out for the best.
It will benefit not only the residents and visitors
of today, but it also creates a recreational and
tourist attraction that will be used by thousands
over the next decade.¡±
In addition to a significant cash match provided
by all three Montrose GOCO-eligible entities, the
project has the support and involvement of other
key partners: the Colorado Department of Local
Affairs, the Montrose Recreation Foundation,
LiveWell Montrose-Olathe, Friends of the River
Uncompahgre, Welcome Home Montrose and
the Montrose Community Foundation.
Project improvements include the Montrose
Water Sports Park, a whitewater park on the
Uncompahgre River through Baldridge Park that
will support kayaking, tubing, swimming and
spectating. Also, nearly 2,000 feet of concrete
trail, 1,900 feet of soft-surface trail and signage
will be installed along the river. Montrose citi-
zens chose a whitewater park and river trails as
their highest priority projects during the Uncom
News Outside
Below: A view from above
of the Montrose Water
Sports Park, River Trail and
Field Renovation project
pahgre Riverway Master Plan process.
¡°The City of Montrose is excited about being
able to further implement concepts from the
Uncompahgre Riverway Master Plan,¡± said
Montrose Mayor Judy Ann Files. ¡°The water
sports park has been a dream of city staff and
community members for several years. We are
very appreciative of the GOCO board approv-
ing our request for funding.¡±
Two additional citizen surveys showed wide-
spread support for the other project compo-
nents that include a sensory playground, fitness
stations, picnic tables and baseball/softball
field upgrades at
the Ute/McNeil
Fields. These
improvements
will enhance
safety for baseball
& softball par-
ticipants and pro-
vide new ameni-
ties for other park
users. GOCO is
the result of a
citizens¡¯ initia-
tive passed by the
voters in 1992.
As the recipient
of approximately
half of Colorado
Lottery proceeds,
$57 million in
Fiscal Year 2012,
GOCO awards
grants to local
governments and
land trusts, and
makes invest-
ments through
the Colorado
Division of Parks
and Wildlife.
Since 1994, nearly
3,500 projects in
all 64 counties
have received
GOCO funding,
Montrose County
projects have
received $2.7
million in GOCO
grants.
Meeker Annual Range Call
The Meeker Range Call, July 4th, 1913.
(Image: Meeker Historical Society)