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File #: 19-630    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Mayor's Office
File created: 9/30/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: 11/12/2019 Final action: 11/12/2019
Title: Resolution of Support for the City of Colorado Springs Sponsorship of the School Yard Initiative Grant to Great Outdoors Colorado on Behalf of Atlas Preparatory School Presenter: Karen Palus, Director, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Tilah Larson, Senior Analyst, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Attachments: 1. 10-21-19 - Atlas Prep Sponsorship Support RES, 2. 10-21-19 - Atlas GOCO IGA, 3. 10-21-19 - 2019 GOCO School Yard Grant - Powerpoint

Title
Resolution of Support for the City of Colorado Springs Sponsorship of the School Yard Initiative Grant to Great Outdoors Colorado on Behalf of Atlas Preparatory School

Presenter:
Karen Palus, Director, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Tilah Larson, Senior Analyst, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Body
Summary:
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department proposes to sponsor a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) School Yard Initiative grant application. The $110,000 grant application will assist with supporting the construction of unstructured play and outdoor learning facilities for youth. An Intergovernmental Agreement will define the roles and the responsibilities of the City and the school.

In many cases, schools will replace aging metal play sets, fields of pea gravel and cracking concrete slabs with nature-inspired climbing structures, soft all-weather surfaces, play and learning areas featuring natural materials like four-season sensory gardens, outdoor classrooms, or water features that can simulate floods and erosion. Projects can also include traditional play equipment to complement natural components and provide a variety of play opportunities.

The grant application will request $110,000 from GOCO and the required matching dollars will be raised by the school.

Background:
GOCO's School Yard Initiative aims to create school grounds that inspire more active physical play and enhance learning about nature and the environment. Because all School Yard Initiative projects are required to be open to the public during non-school hours, the benefits extend far beyond the student body.

School Yard Initiative grants support schools and local governments in constructing outdoor spaces where kids have frequent opportunities for unstructured play and outdoor learning. All school yards must be designed, in part, by the student population to ensure the components constructed are the most appealing and beneficial to the users ...

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