City of Steamboat Springs Wins Colorado Lottery Community Starburst Award
DENVER– The Colorado Lottery announced today that it has awarded the City of Steamboat Springs the 2007 Starburst Community Award for excellence the use of Lottery funds for the creation of the Rotary River Park Boardwalk. The city utilized $114,000 in Lottery funds to finish the project.
The Boardwalk at Rotary River Park created a ¼ mile environmentally sensitive boardwalk and an environmental education center. Rotary River Park is owned by the City of Steamboat Springs and has been developed and maintained by the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club for more than a decade as part of the city’s Adopt-A-Park program. The project which was recognized with a Starburst Award finished the development of the park, including construction of an environmentally sensitive boardwalk, installation of an environmental education kiosk and interpretive signs, watchable wildlife viewing areas, and the creation of three ADA accessible fishing platforms.
“This is a great example of what can be accomplished through public/private partnerships,” said Tom Kitts, Deputy Director of the Colorado Lottery. “It is exactly the kind of project the Lottery likes to encourage.”
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 Steamboat Springs competed in the Medium Communities category for projects costing between $100,000 and $500,000. The awards were judged by the Colorado Lottery Commission, Lottery management and a representative from our 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.