EDWARDS — When Great Outdoors Colorado formulated its strategic plan to close out this decade, the organization went on a statewide listening tour first.
Great Outdoors Colorado, commonly known as GOCO, uses an independent board to award a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces.
After hearing the concerns of the public in its 2014 listening tour, Great Outdoors Colorado stated there is noticeable public concern regarding awareness of and access to outdoor amenities among youth and underserved populations, such as low-income families and the growing Hispanic population.
“To improve access,” Great Outdoors Colorado wrote, “strategic initiatives will focus on investments in outdoor destinations within a 10-minute walk for underserved communities.”
The goal is called The Inspire Initiative, and it quickly caught the attention of the Eagle Valley Outdoor Movement, a grant-planning effort in the Eagle River Valley.