City of Lakewood Wins Colorado Lottery Community Starburst Award

DENVER– The Colorado Lottery announced today that it has awarded the City of Lakewood the 2007 Starburst Community Award for excellence the use of Lottery funds for the creation of the Gary R. McDonnell Park. The city used $367,358 in Lottery funds to build the park.

Gary R. McDonnell Park connects the Daniels Garden community to a host of recreational opportunities, while preserving natural resources. Overall, the creation of the park consolidated 17 separate parcels of underdeveloped parkland into a 15.8 acre park. Land for the park was dedicated over a period of about 20 years through a series of private land donations and city acquisitions. The park is named after Gary R. McDonnell, Lakewood’s first parks and recreation director, who served the community for more than 20 years. The park includes open space features, watchable wildlife habitat, walking paths, a pedestrian bridge, an open turf field for soccer or football, a baseball/softball field, a multi-use sports court for basketball and informal roller hockey; a playground, space for public art, and a central shelter for picnics.

“It is great to have a brand new park in a neighborhood that sorely needed it,” said Tom Kitts, Deputy Director of the Colorado Lottery. “It is good to see development in older areas of the city. 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 Citizens for Lakewood’s Future, the Mile High Chapter of the Colorado Youth Corps, the Daniels-Welchester Homeowners Association, residents of Foothills Green Apartment Complex, SCRUB, the Lakewood Housing Authority, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Jefferson County Open Space, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Develop Community Block Fund.

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 Lakewoodcompeted in the Large Communities category for projects costing between $500,000 and $1,000,000. The awards were judged by the Colorado Lottery Commission, Lottery management and a representative from 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.



October 8, 2007
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