Boulder County Parks & Open Space Wins Colorado Lottery Community Starburst Award
DENVER– The Colorado Lottery announced today that it has awarded the Boulder County Parks and Open Space the 2007 Starburst Community Award for excellence the use of Lottery funds for the creation of Caribou Ranch Open Space and Trails. The county utilized $160,000 in Lottery funds to develop phase one of the project.
Caribou Ranch, located near the town of Nederland, is a popular destination for hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Phase one saw the development, design and construction of three to four miles of new trail, signage and educational kiosks. Phase two will include an additional one to two miles of new trail that will connect the trail to the United States Forest Service (USSF) Sourdough Trail and the Brainard Lake trail system, as well as other trails in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. When Phase two is completed, the Caribou Ranch trail will provide connections to over 100 miles of trails.
“This is a good use of open space,” said Tom Kitts, Deputy Director of the Colorado Lottery. “It will open up an impressive, burgeoning trail network. It is exactly the kind of project the Lottery likes to encourage.”
In addition to Lottery funds, the project was completed with the partnership, input and volunteer efforts of the Boulder County Youth Corps, Round Up Riders, the Boulder County Horse Association, the Town of Nederland, Wild Bear, USFS, the Sierra Club, and Boulder County Nature Association and the Boulder Area Trails Coalition.
The Colorado Lottery Starburst Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds for projects that promote community-building, partnership, conservation and commitment to the recreational needs of Coloradoresidents. The BoulderCountyParksand Open Space competed in the Medium Communities category for projects costing between $100,000 and $500,000.
Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games - Scratch, Lotto, Powerball and Cash 5 - stay in Coloradoto improve the quality of life in the state. In Fiscal Year 2007, more than $117 million was returned to Colorado. Since the Lottery started in 1983, more than $1.9 billion has been returned to the state.
Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: Great Outdoors Colorado, Conservation Trust Fund and ColoradoState Parks. These organizations then provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, wildlife and conservation education.