LARIMER COUNTY WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR THE COLORAOD FRONT RANGE TRAIL AND TRAILHEAD DEVELOPMENT AT RIVER BLUFFS OPEN SPACE PROJECT

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LARIMER COUNTY WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR THE COLORAOD FRONT RANGE TRAIL AND TRAILHEAD DEVELOPMENT AT RIVER BLUFFS OPEN SPACE PROJECT

DENVER, September 20, 2011The Colorado Lottery has awarded a 2011 Starburst Community Award to Larimer County Department of Natural Resources for using Lottery dollars to complete the Colorado Front Range Trail and Trailhead Development at River Bluffs Open Space project. Larimer County utilized a Lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant of $494,373 for the project.

Theproject has had many community benefits, including overcoming a major barrier (State Highway 392) to the extension of the Colorado Front Range Trail from Greeley to Fort Collins and anchoring the Colorado Front Range Trail on the north side of State Highway 392 so the trail can be incorporated into the residential and commercial developments planned north into Timnath.

“According to the results of the 2007 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan Local Government Survey, community trails rank as the highest outdoor recreation need along Colorado’s Front Range,” said Kerri Rollins, open lands manager for the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources. “The results also identified trails as the recreation need in highest demand. Regional trails have been a local priority for decades in Larimer County. The Poudre River Trail, from Greeley to Fort Collins, has been envisioned since the 1970’s. In fact, more than 15 local and regional transportation, open space, and comprehensive plans support the completion of the Poudre River Trail and this project is a major step.”

The Colorado Lottery Starburst Community Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds in community projects implemented to enhance a community’s environment.

In Fiscal Year 2011 alone, the Lottery distributed $113.4 million in proceeds. Since its creation 28 years ago, the Lottery has returned more than $2.2 billion to the state.

Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: GOCO, 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.

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September 20, 2011
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