City of Walsenburg Wins Colorado Lottery Community Starburst Award
DENVER– The Colorado Lottery announced today that it has awarded the City of Walsenburgthe 2007 Starburst Community Award for excellence the use of Lottery funds for the creation of Wild Waters Aquatic Park. Opened this past May, the aquatic park utilized more than $420,000 in Lottery funds to bring the wet amenity to the city.
Wild Waters Aquatic Park replaced the city’s 50-year-old municipal swimming pool. Wild Waters Aquatic Park not only includes a series of swimming and diving pools, but also other fun features, including slides, a lazy river, and fountains and sprayers, and an extensive play area for children. Wild Waters Aquatic Park serves a regional population of nearly 10,000, as well as 1 percent of the some 3.5 million tourists traveling by car through the area.
“This is a great facility,” said Tom Kitts, Deputy Director of the Colorado Lottery. “The city was able to leverage Lottery funds and get support from the business community and Chamber of Commerce to make this project happen. It is exactly the kind of project the Lottery likes to encourage.”
“The impact of an attraction of this magnitude to the local and regional economy is endless,” said Cathy Pineda with the City of Walsenburg. “The project has already generated community pride and ownership.”
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 City of Walsenburgcompeted in the Small Communities category for projects costing more than $1 million. The awards were judged by the Colorado Lottery Commission, Lottery management and a representative of the Lottery’s retail network.
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.