BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
At its regular city council meeting on August 20, Cherry Hills Village received a check for $500,000, delivered by Bev Bradshaw, Chair of the Arapahoe County Open Space and Trails Advisory Committee for the redevelopment of John Meade Park. In presenting the award, Bradshaw said, “Here in Arapahoe County, we are so lucky to have strong citizen support for all the trails and all the parks and open space…In 2003, our voters approved a quarter-cent open space trail advisory board sales and use tax. We went back to the voters in 2011 and they approved it again.”
Bradshaw continued, “It’s an honor to be here. This check represents 12 percent of the total revenues from the tax to the grant programs. We go by what the members of the advisory board say is a good project, how much of the community it affects. Yours was one of the top projects this year. I want to thank you for…welcoming people for an awesome experience out here. We’re really excited. We gave $4.4 million in grants for 12 projects. This is the best part of the job, just to say thanks.”
Mayor Stewart and Bradshaw acknowledged the hard work done by Parks, Trails, and Recreation Manager Emily Black and the rest of the CHV staff in preparing the grant application and hosting the board’s site visit in May, leading up to the award.
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