The Colorado Department of Local Affairs awarded a grant in the amount of $311,000 to the City of Salida to go toward the renovation of the Scout Hut in Riverside Park. The estimated cost to renovate the Scout Hut is a total of $620,000, $209,000 of which will be the City’s contribution. The remaining $100,000 is being acquired through fund raising efforts by the Salida Rotary Club and the Salida Sunrise Rotary Club. The aforementioned Salida Rotary Clubs have raised approximately $80,000, $45,000 of which was received through a grant from The Daniel’s Fund.
The Salida Rotary Clubs continue to raise funds for the project and have received more than $3,500 within the last week to go towards the Scout Hut Project. Donations can be dropped off at the Salida Community Center located at 305 F Street or may be mailed to PO Box 1044, Salida, CO 81201. Architectural services for the final design will be sought in spring of 2016 and construction potentially beginning in the fall of 2016.
The Salida Scout Hut was built in 1949 by the Salida Elks and serves as a meeting place for the Scouts as well as a community hall. In the late 1980’s the Scout Hut was given to the City because the Scouts could no longer afford to maintain it. This community facility is used by local and regional scout troops, city recreation programs, and public rentals for weddings and other events.
For more information and to view the conceptual plan, please visit www.cityofsalida.com . Please contact Dara MacDonald with any questions or concerns that you may have at 719-530-2629 or by email email@example.com