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Alamosa County commits money to Ski Hi Park

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 12th, 2012

Karla Shriver

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Fair Board is $5,000 closer to its fundraising goal for a bigger and better Ski Hi Park Complex.

Alamosa County commissioners voted unanimously Dec. 5 to commit that amount from the county’s conservation trust to the complex’s Multi-Use Pavilion and Educational Center in Monte Vista.

“I think it’s a good project,” Commissioner Darius Allen told Rio Grande County Commissioner and fair board representative Karla Shriver. “I appreciate you guys stepping forward, because it’s been needed for many years.”

Alamosa County’s action came after the San Luis Valley Fair Board asked Rio Grande County to continue with renovations that will transform the regional venue into a larger, safer and more user-friendly complex.

According to the project timeline, the $300,000 project will be finished in time for the 2013 San Luis Valley Fair next August.

From end to end and side to side, the pavilion at the center of the project could run 100 feet by 100 or 120 feet. It will replace a much smaller tent, which the fair board currently rents for $2,700 to $3,000 each year.

An overview of the project found that the upgrade would offer more space and air flow for livestock shows. It will also be a designated area in the event of a major disaster, with plenty of room for large animals.

While the pavilion itself would be immobile, three portable grandstands that seat up to 100 people each could be moved to other events throughout the Valley.

To date, the fair board has received almost $180,000 in grant funding from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), which covers about two-thirds of the total project costs.

Rio Grande County pitched in with up to $70,000 in cash, along with a $2,440 donation of in-kind road work. The City of Monte Vista, meanwhile, waived a $2,440 water tap fee.

Civic groups came forward with another $2,350 in cash, and the SLV Ski Hi Stampede also committed $2,500 to the project.

Shriver said the board has already asked representatives from every other county in the Valley for their help to make up the remaining balance. As of last week, they were still reviewing the board’s requests for funding, she said.

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