Enter with paint

Jason Douglas, Hartsel resident, Split Window bass player and Rocky Mountain Rural Health staff member, volunteers by painting and doing other improvements in the entryway of the Hartsel Community Center. (Photo by Lori Bennett/The Flume)

Newer buildings and homes in Park County often need repairs after a harsh winter. The seasons can be even rougher on old historic buildings, such as the Hartsel Community Center.

Thanks to a grant provided by the Conservation Trust Fund, which receives money from the Colorado Lottery, the Hartsel Community Center building is getting some needed repairs.

Susan Borgardt, local Hartsel CTF grant expert, wrote the grant for the HCC. Borgardt has experience with writing grants for other community organizations, such as the Hartsel Community Library.

What was repaired? “The front concrete stoop was replaced, as well as the sidewalk that goes to the ramp,” said Beth Burtch, president of the board of directors for the HCC. “Additionally, the sidewalk contractor, Future Framing, donated labor and materials to extend the sidewalk from the community center to the Hartsel Community Library.”

The hardwood floors were also beautifully redone by Matt Simpson of Affordable Hardwood in Buena Vista.

Additionally, the HCC is painting the interior walls. Painters are local volunteers and HCC board members Terri Dalessandro and Burtch. If interested in painting, contact the HCC Facebook page or one of the two painters directly.

Jason Douglas, when not working for Rocky Mountain Rural Health and playing a mean bass for the popular Split Window band, has volunteered his labor to fix the foyer area, which needs multiple updates.

Due to COVID-19, there will be no in-person dinners or events at the HCC for the holiday season as of this writing.

Thanksgiving Baskets for the Hartsel Community

This year for Thanksgiving, the HCC will be giving out Thanksgiving baskets for anyone and everyone in the community. These gifts are for all Hartsel area residents, not just for “needy” families.

In order to receive one, sign up at the Facebook page, “Hartsel Community Center,” or the library Facebook page, “Hartsel Community Library.” Sign-ups to receive a basket can also be sent to hartsellibrary@gmail.org or by calling or texting 303-520-5726. Leave name, contact information, number of adults and children, and preferred time slot to pick up. Reservations should be made prior to Nov. 12.

Basket distribution will be Nov. 24 at the HCC between the hours of 10 a.m. - noon and 5 - 7 p.m.

Next year the HCC plans to submit a grant for additional repairs, including a remodel of the bathroom to bring it up to the Americans with Disabilities Act standards, as well as the ramp.

About the Conservation Trust Fund

“The Conservation Trust Fund receives 40 percent of Lottery proceeds. Local parks and recreation providers receive money from the Conservation Trust Fund in proportion to their population so that every town, city, county and special district in Colorado benefits,” per the Colorado Lottery website, www.coloradolottery.com. “The Lottery distributed more than $54.9 million to the fund in FY19 for open space and land acquisition, equipment purchases, facility development, park maintenance and renovation or restoration of local facilities.”

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