With $145,000 available from a Great Outdoors Colorado grant, the Town of Ridgway is seeking proposals from professional organizations to design and construct a "skate ranch." Plans should include intermediate and advanced features, along with landscaping, benches and picnic tables. The site for the project is an 18,000-square-foot parcel on Railroad Street, located just north of the town park and library.
The idea for the park was conceived by an ad-hoc skate park committee of Ridgway students and parents. A petition drive by the committee gathered 100 signatures, which they presented to the Ridgway Town Council last year. Council responded with an in-kind contribution of heavy equipment for site preparation, valued at $5,000.
Council is making a special effort to involve the Ridgway youth in the planning and design stages of the park, with construction expected to be complete by this summer. The park will be incorporated into the Uncompahgre River Trail system.
Ouray County Briefs
By Christopher Pike
Ouray County Courthouse Goes Digital
The Ouray County Clerk's records are now online. The data storage and retrieval software was made possible by a $92,000 grant from the Colorado Secretary of State's office and Aptitude Solutions. Records, dating back to 1876, have been digitized and indexed and are now available for viewing at www.ouraycountyco.gov. The system also allows title companies to electronically record documents.
Three Ouray P&Z Seats to Be Filled
The three-year terms of County Planning Commission members Howard Greene, Carey Skoumal and alternate Alan Staehle expire on April 14, and the county is soliciting interest in appointment, or reappointment. In order to serve on P&Z, one must be a full-time resident and owner of real property in Ouray County.
Wildlife Protection Plan Inked
The Ouray Board of County Commissioners approved an agreement on March 6 for a cooperative wildlife protection plan in Ouray County. The plan defines standard operating procedures and responsibilities between government agencies and the Horsefly, Log Hill Mesa, Montrose, Ouray and Ridgway fire protection districts.