CITY OF SALIDA WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR THE ARKANSAS RIVER WHITEWATER PARK AND GREENWAY

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CITY OF SALIDA WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR THE ARKANSAS RIVER WHITEWATER PARK AND GREENWAY

DENVER, September 20, 2011The Colorado Lottery has awarded a 2011 Starburst Community Award to the City of Salida for using Lottery dollars to complete the Arkansas River Whitewater Park and Greenway project. The City of Salida funded the project using a Lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado grant (GOCO) of $433,844 and $264,640 of Lottery-funded Conservation Trust Fund dollars.

“This project transformed a portion of the Arkansas River corridor from a neglected and all but forgotten area to a focal point for the community,” said Theresa Casey, recreation manager for the City of Salida.

The new area is utilized for large events including the annual FIBArk Whitewater Festival – and boasts a more than 1,400 feet of concrete walkway, substantially improved access to the river, public restrooms, a climbing wall, an outdoor amphitheater and a world class whitewater park.

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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