The Pilot Hill Project recently received a $10,000 donation, which puts them over $1 million raised so far. Their goal is $1.5 million.
The money was donated by the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation with no requirement for how it is used.
The Pilot Hill Project is an effort to turn a 5,500 acre parcel on to the east of Laramie into a state park to provide recreational opportunities and protect the Casper Aquifer Recharge Zone. The money from the donation will be used to build infrastructure like parking lots and trails for the new park. Reaching $1 million is a major milestone for the project.
"It really helps emphasize the fact that we are moving ahead full steam, that this project is coming to fruition, that the park and this newly created open space for the community is truly going to become a reality," Sarah Mathews, a Pilot Hill representative, said.
The members of the Pilot Hill Project want to break ground as soon as they've obtained all of the land for the park. The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation's donation came just as the project was getting ready to share its draft plans with the community.
"The timing of this gift, just was serendipitous, it just was a really exciting thing to have happened to have us tip over that million dollar mark with this gift, and also at the same time be able to say to the community, we're far enough along the concept plan that we have something to share with the community," Mathews said.
The first draft of Pilot Hill Project's land use concept plan will be available for public input on Jan. 28 and 29 at the Lincoln Community Center in Laramie from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
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