City of Firestone Wins Colorado Lottery Community Starburst Award
DENVER– The Colorado Lottery announced today that it has awarded the City of Firestone the 2007 Starburst Community Award for excellence the use of Lottery funds for the creation of Harney Park. Harney Park, dedicated last year, used $200,000 in Lottery funds to help build the pavilions, a basketball court, a “tot lot” playground, a youth playground, climbing boulders, concrete work and walkways.
The 20-acre Harney Park, and the adjacent Firestone Trail, has become gathering places for families from Frederick, Firestone, Dacono and other portions of unincorporated Weld County. And, businesses have noticed a benefit from people coming to Harney Park or using the Firestone Trail.
“The park has a number of diverse amenities that make it attractive,” said Tom Kitts, Deputy Director of the Colorado Lottery. “There really is something for everyone here. It’s a great example of the impact Lottery dollars can have on a community.”
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 Colorado residents. The City of Firestonecompeted in the Small Communities category for projects costing between $500,000 and $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 Colorado State Parks. These organizations then provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, wildlife and conservation education.