Lake County Middle School Play Yard Receives Funding from GOCO and The Summit Foundation!


The Lake County Recreation Department, Parents Active Within Schools, Lake County Build a Generation, LiveWell Leadville, and the Lake County School District were thrilled to find out that the Lake County Middle School Play Yard received $7,500 from The Summit Foundation and $100,000 from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) last week. The funding will allow them to take the current drab dirt yard and make it natural playscape with engaging play structures.

The project to revitalize the Lake County Middle School Play Yard began last year when a group of parents began surveying students to see what changes they would like to see in their playground. The parents then recruited the players above to help with the project–and began working with students, parents, community members, and architecture students at the Colorado Center for Community Development to design a new play yard.

The group raised over $50,000 in matching funds last spring–enough to be able to apply for $100,000 from GOCO. The roughly $163,500 currently raised is enough to fund Phase I, which is much of the flat space on the current playground. Next, they’ll work to raise the $200,000 needed for Phase II, to finish out the revitalization of the hillside area.

To read more about the LCMS Play Yard, go here.

Katie Baldassar