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City of Cortez Receives Funds to Buy Land for Park at Site of Former High School

Austin Cope
The north side of the former Montezuma-Cortez High School was demolished in August. City officials hope to purchase the land on the site of the old high school with a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado.

The City of Cortez has received almost $170,000 from the State of Colorado's Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to purchase land to build a park in the former location of the Montezuma-Cortez High School. Cortez City Manager Shane Hale announced the plans on KSJD's Morning Edition Friday morning. Click below to listen to his conversation with KSJD's Austin Cope.

Cortez Parks and Recreation Director Dean Palmquist says the money is the start of a long process to build a park. He spoke with KSJD's Austin Cope for more details on the project. Click below to listen.

Interview with Dean Palmquist

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.