GoG Foundation has given city $1.5 million
It took the Garden of the Gods Foundation 10 years (1995 to 2005) to raise $1 million to help the park for which it's named.
Three years later, the foundation - which annually transfers to City Parks a share of the earnings from the privately owned Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center - has passed the $1.5 million mark.
The most recent stipend was $141,930, presented to City Parks Director Paul Butcher at a recent appreciation dinner for the center's 100-plus volunteers.
“The annual funding fulfills the Garden of the Gods Foundation's commitment to maintain and upgrade the Garden of the Gods Park,” a press release reads. A volunteer board annually approves projects to benefit the Park which is the destination of nearly 2 million visitors yearly. Donations to the foundation are accepted from the public.”
Current uses of the funds include projects to control dead and dying gambel oak for fire mitigation, to improve trails and to control erosion.
Built in 1995 by Westsider Lyda Hill, the center is at 30th Street and Gateway Road, across the street from the Garden of the Gods.
Westside Pioneer/press release