River Corridors Initiative

Your Lottery Dollars At Work!

On behalf of all Colorado citizens, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the organization created by law to manage 50% of Colorado Lottery's annual profits, has awarded a grant of $29.5 million to support the statewide River Corridors Initiative. This project is far reaching and will impact the protection of more than 3,000 acres of publicy-accessible open space and trail development.

More Recreation Along Creeks and Rivers
We know Coloradans love this state. Why else would you have voted to have Colorado Lottery profits benefit parks, recreation, open space, conservation education and wildlife projects since the Lottery started in 1983? We're listening! "Great Outdoors Colorado spends a lot of time out in communities across Colorado and we heard the same themes repeatedly over the last couple of years," said GOCO Board Chair Peggy Montano. "People want recreational opportunities close to home, they value Colorado's rivers and they want more trails." So, check out these planned projects that are a part of the River Corridors Initiative. And if you're a Lottery player, be sure to tell all of your friends what you've accomplished through your support of the Colorado Lottery!

Colorado's Projects

   Poudre River Trail Corridor Improvement Project $5 million has been awarded. The trail is a 21-mile paved recreation trail that wanders along the majestic Cache la Poudre River from Greeley to Windsor through Weld County. In addition to improvements including trail construction, 1000 acres is planned for purchase in Larimer and Weld counties. For maps and trailhaids of the Poudre River Trail, check this out.

Denver S. Platte River Vision Implementation Project$4.6 million has been awarded. Areas getting a facelift include the Grant-Frontier, Overland, Vanderbilt and Johnson-Habitat Park. Renovations include widened bike and walk paths, improved park and riverbanks through landscaping and water quality enhancements, and much more!     
      Peaks to Plains Trail -  The Clear Creek Canyon Phase$4.6 million has been awarded. Currently the Peaks to Plains Trail is the 35-mile Greenway and serves as a world-class recreational corridor in the mountains with a white water park and 14 miles of completed trail. Project focus will be to complete a critical 6-mile missing trail link through a challenging stretch of Clear Creek Canyon. It will result in a 6-mile, 10-foot wide concrete trail including four bridges crossing the Creek, five improved water access points with safe parking pull-outs from the highway and a 5-parking space trailhead with restroom at the Oxbow Parcel in Clear Creek County. 

Triple Creek Greenway Corridor Project$3.4 million has been awarded. Proposed enhancements include completion of the final two-mile stretch of trail along Sand Creek and connections to the High Line Canal Trail at the Star K Ranch and again just south of Colfax Avenue. The Triple Creek Greenway Corridor will continue southeast from the junction of Sand Creek and Coal Creek, around an existing sand and gravel operation, and through agricultural properties until it crosses under E-470. From there, the greenway and trail will travel through a number of planned residential neighborhoods before heading south along Senac Creek. Funds will allow the City of Aurora to secure 275 acres of trail corridor.

Fountain Creek Watershed Trails and Recreation Projects$2.5 million has been awarded. Starting at the foot of Pikes Peak, Fountain Creek is a mountain stream flowing year-round through Manitou Springs and four community parks.  The goal is to maintain and foster the ecosystem of the area by managing flooding, sediment and erosion issues through employing eco-friendly methods including the maintainance of vegitation and development of sustainable fishery. Project components include improvements to Colorado Springs' America the Beautiful Park, expansion of the Fountain Creek Nature Center, construction of a trailhead and 4.3 miles of trail along the creek through the Colorado Springs' Clear Spring Ranch Open Space, and construction of a creekside park in Pueblo's Eastside neighborhood, including a splash park and skate park and direct creek access.

The Colorado River Conservation and Recreation Project$3.9 million has been awarded. One of the best-known and most heavily used rivers in the West, there is a stretch in Eagle County where recreational use is virtually non-existent. Now, more than 1,200 acres downstream will provide access. Funds will be used to acquire a conservation easement on the 1,000-acre Colorado River Ranch that will provide two miles of river frontage with three separate areas for limited public access. In addition, fee title to the 230-acre Nottingham property will be obtained and will provide primitive camping and river access.

Colorado Riverfront Trail Project - Fruita Connection Phase III$2.9 million has been awarded. The river is home to state parks, local parks and open spaces, but currently has an incomplete trail network. Mesa County will use the grant to construct a 4.2 mile concrete section of the trail to complete it, and will provide trail users direct access to the river.

The Yampa River Legacy Project $2.4 million has been awarded. Yampa Valley Land Trust will work with a private landowner to place a conservation easement on property located south of Steamboat Springs. The conservation easement project will protect important wildlife habitat as well as provide public access opportunities. The City of Steamboat Springs will improve river recreation and access opportunities on the Yamp River west of the city (at the Fournier Open Space located between Snowbowl/Blades and the KOA campground).


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