A popular Mesa County attraction is getting a piece of Colorado's stimulus funding.

Over the weekend, Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 21-112, which will fund capital construction projects at several Colorado State Parks as well as the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex in Mesa County. The bill is part of the state's stimulus effort to help give Colorado's economy a boost.

State Parks Get A Boost

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, a total of $20 million dollars is coming out of the state's general fund for "capital improvement for increased access at certain state parks." Funding will be used for park enhancements, expansions, and upgrades. Here is the list of Colorado locations receiving funding.

  • Boyd Lake State Park
  • Lake Pueblo State Park
  • Fishers Peak State Park
  • Cherry Creek State Park
  • Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
  • Ridgway State Park
  • Steamboat Lake State Park
  • North Sterling State Park
  • Chatfield State Park
  • Jackson Lake State Park
  • Navajo State Park
  • Cameo Shooting and Education Complex
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What Is Colorado Doing With the Money?

Some examples of park projects will include building new trails, service buildings, campgrounds, and shooting bays.

The Cameo Shooting and Education Complex opened in 2018  east of Grand Junction at exit 45 off of Interstate 70. The popular shooting complex is open to the public seven days a week and has just switched to summer hours 7am-7pm. Ridgway State Park is another western Colorado destination that will receive funding from the newly signed bill.

Over the past year, Colorado saw substantial growth in park attendance as people were looking for outdoor and socially distanced activities. Upon signing the bill, Governor Polis said the increase in park visitation "proves the importance of outdoor spaces to Coloradans" and our need to "invest in preserving and improving our state park system so our human use does not overwhelm our state's natural resources."


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