History Colorado State Historical Fund awards The Valley View School Rehabilitation Project
Salida-area Parks, Open-space, and Trails (SPOT) and the Salida School District are thrilled to announce a $43,366 grant award from the History Colorado State Historical Fund toward phase one of the rehabilitation of the historic Valley View School.
Located two miles west of Salida on CR 140, the Valley View School was built in 1903 and served as an early rural schoolhouse and community facility until 1943. In 1958 Roberta Koenig purchased the property, and in 2003 it was donated to the Salida School District by her family, the George Richardsons. That year, the non-profit Historic Salida, Inc., conducted a Historic Structure Assessment and nominated the property to the National Register of Historic Places.
SPOT applied to the State Historical Fund to help preserve a piece of Chaffee County history, re-use a deteriorated building, and provide educational opportunities for the Salida School District and the entire community. Partners in the project are the Salida School District, providing up to $15,000 grant match, the City of Salida, providing $1,000, the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA), and numerous professionals and community volunteers. The Valley View School will be used by the Salida School District as a field center for ecology education and by the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) for seminars, public programs and meetings.
Phase One will cost $57,822 and will provide for a new roof and a rebuilt chimney to the schoolhouse as well as design documents for the entire renovation project. SPOT plans to apply to the History Colorado State Historical Fund later this year for Phase Two funding in 2016.
Thank you to everyone involved in this exciting project.
Donna Rhoads, President, SPOT Board of Directors
Darryl Webb, Superintendent, Salida School District