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Work Advances on Garden Park Renovation

Finish work is underway in the lobby of the renovated Garden Park County Building directly west of the County Administration Building in Canon City. Pictured is the secure service window which will house the Public Health Department's Vital Statistics Office.

Renovation of Fremont County’s Garden Park facility at 201 North 6th Street in Cañon City is proceeding with the Fremont Public Health Department preparing to move into their new quarters in early February.   The Board of Commissioners along with previous boards had been searching for new space for Fremont Public Health for more than seven years.   The Board of Commissioners purchased the former Garden Park High School building from the Cañon City RE-1 School District almost one year ago for $800,000.

H.W. Houston Construction of Pueblo has been working since October on the $465,000 renovation project.   Public Health currently shares cramped space in the Department of Social Services Building along Justice Center Road.    The contract bid will include renovation of the existing Public Health space which the Department of Social Services will utilize to deal with overcrowding in their building.

The northwest corner of the Garden Park facility will house new offices for the Fremont County Sheriff's Department Investigations Team.

In addition to Public Health, the County Office of Emergency Management, the Environmental Health Officer, and the County Weed Control Office will also relocate to the Garden Park facility.   At the request of Sheriff Jim Beicker in December the Commissioners approved the renovation of additional space in the southwest corner of the Garden Park building for Sheriff’s Department investigators.   That work will continue into late February while Public Health and the other agencies make their move into Garden Park.

In addition to office space, Fremont County Noxious Weed employees will have shower facilities and an eye wash station to use when they finish their daily weed spraying duties.