El PASO COUNTY PARKS WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR EL PASO COUNTY PARKS MASTER PLAN

El PASO COUNTY PARKS WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR EL PASO COUNTY PARKS MASTER PLAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DENVER, Oct. 16, 2013– The Colorado Lottery has awarded a 2013 Starburst Community Award to El Paso County Parks for excellence in the use of Lottery dollars for the El Paso County Parks Master Plan. El Paso County Parks utilized a Lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant of $35,000 for the planning project.

The purpose of the project was to update the El Paso County Parks Master Plan, which had not been updated since 2005. The scope of the project was to develop a robust set of recommendations for open space conservation, parks and trails, and to do so countywide, an area covering approximately 2,158 square miles. The planning process included population and community needs assessment, geospatial analysis and production of the Master Plan document. Public engagement efforts were innovative and robust with a multi-pronged approach that brought more than 500 people into the process.

The Colorado Lottery Starburst Community Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds in community projects implemented to enhance a community’s environment.

In Fiscal Year 2013 alone, the Lottery distributed $135.6 million in proceeds. Since its creation 30 years ago, the Lottery has returned more than $2.5 billion to the state.

The Colorado Lottery is a division of the Colorado Department of Revenue. Colorado Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. These organizations then provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, wildlife and conservation education.

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October 16, 2013
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