CITY OF BRIGHTON WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR CARMICHAEL PARK

CITY OF BRIGHTON WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR CARMICHAEL PARK

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DENVER, Oct. 16, 2013– The Colorado Lottery has awarded a 2013 Starburst Community Award to the City of Brighton for excellence in the use of Lottery dollars to build Carmichael Park. The City of Brighton utilized $300,000 of Lottery-funded Conservation Trust Fund dollars to help construct the park including the multi-purpose fields, shelters and playground.

Prior to construction of Carmichael Park the site earned the nickname “Sticker Park” due to the weeds and thorny stickers that inhabited the area. The goal of the project was to revitalize the nearby neighborhood and provide recreational amenities in a park setting adjacent to the new City Hall. The secondary goal was to involve the community and to make the park completely ADA accessible. Through community planning meetings it was determined that the park should include a playground, two multi-use fields, open play areas, basketball court, several picnic shelters, restroom, park trail, landscaping and an open space with native seeding that could be turned into future recreational amenities such as tennis courts. The design plans also included upgrading the access from the parking lot to the adjacent in-line skating rink and school property tennis courts and access from the new City Hall. Support came from adjacent landowners, 27J School District and individuals in the community.

The completed park was unveiled at Brighton’s 125th Anniversary Celebration that attracted over 5,000 people.

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 2013 alone, the Lottery distributed $135.6 million in proceeds. Since its creation 30 years ago, the Lottery has returned more than $2.5 billion to the state.

The Colorado Lottery is a division of the Colorado Department of Revenue. Colorado Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. These organizations then provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, wildlife and conservation education.

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October 16, 2013
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