Foothills awarded GOCO grant for inclusive playground


Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board awarded Foothills Parks and Recreation District a $350,000 grant to build an inclusive playground at Clement Park. With its $350,000 Local Park and Outdoor Recreation (LPOR) grant, Foothills Park & Recreation District will build a unique, universally accessible playground at Clement Park in unincorporated Jefferson County. Clement Park receives over one million visitors per year, including families with children of all abilities, making it the most highly used park in the District.

The project goal is to provide a renovated and expanded playground and play experience that is inclusive of all ages and abilities while also creating a space that supports neighborhood, community, and event use. Currently, families looking for an inclusive playground need to travel outside of the district.

The playground project is part of a $6.3 million park redevelopment effort, and will replace two existing, deteriorating playgrounds with the aim of attracting more children to play at the park more often. It will include performance-art inspired features that promote imagination and creativity, helping highlight the art, music, and performance events that occur at nearby Grant Amphitheater. The playground’s grand opening is estimated for May 2019. 

GOCO funding previously supported Clement Park improvements, helping to build the new Splash Park opening May 26, 2018.

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a Constitutional Amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 5,000 projects in urban and rural areas in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. Visit for more information.

– Foothills Park & Recreation District’s Mission –
Creating Community, Enhancing Health, Inspiring Play