Colorado Springs parks big winner in health foundation grants

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The big winner in a recent round of grants provided via city-owned Memorial Hospital lease payments is the city's parks department, with a grant of $926,944. The money will be spent on Memorial Park trail and fitness improvements.

In a news release, the Colorado Springs Health Foundation board of trustees announced they've approved $1.37 million in grants to nine organizations in the region.

"Eight of these nine organizations were awarded funds to improve the built environment, which is defined as person-made spaces and places where we live, work, and play," the release said. "Research shows that the built environment influences our opportunities and choices to pursue greater (or lesser) physical activity. Improving the built environment in areas of high need is one way the Foundation aims to encourage healthy living for all residents in the Pikes Peak region."

So far this year, the foundation has awarded $2.94 million in grants. The foundation is funded by lease payments made to the city by University of Colorado Health on a 40-year lease of Memorial, which began in 2012.

Here's the listing of the latest round of grants:

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See related PDF memorial_park_map.pdf

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