Work is expected to begin in February on additional improvements to Riverbend Park in Palisade funded by a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado.
A $20,900 grant was awarded to the Town of Palisade in partnership with Desert Rivers Collaborative for ongoing work at the park.
A crew from the Western Colorado Conservation Corps will work with staff from the Town of Palisade to remove tamarisk and Russian olives as well as restore native vegetation. Representatives from Desert Rivers Collaborative will provide crew members revegetation training and teach them other skills. The work is part of a multi-year effort to remove invasive plants at the park along the Colorado River. The work is expected to enhance recreational opportunities at the park as well as benefit wildlife.
The grant is part of a Great Outdoors Colorado effort with the Colorado Youth Corps Association to offer funding to hire conservation service corps for outdoor recreation and natural resource stewardship projects. Corps members earn a stipend for their work and an AmeriCorps education award to use for college or to reduce student loans.
Great Outdoors Colorado uses a portion of proceeds from the Colorado Lottery to preserve and enhance parks, wildlife areas and open spaces. Since 1992, GOCO has funded a total of more than 5,300 projects in all 64 counties of Colorado. To date, GOCO has invested nearly $46 million in projects in Mesa County.