COAL CREEK CANYON PARK AND RECREATION DISTRICT WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR TURF FIELD AT COAL CREEK CANYON K-8 SCHOOL

COAL CREEK CANYON PARK AND RECREATION DISTRICT WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR TURF FIELD AT COAL CREEK CANYON K-8 SCHOOL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DENVER, Oct. 16, 2013– The Colorado Lottery has awarded a 2013 Starburst Community Award to Coal Creek Canyon Park and Recreation District for excellence in the use of Lottery dollars for the Turf Field at Coal Creek Canyon K-8 School. The Coal Creek Canyon Park and Recreation District utilized a Lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant of $127,454 and Lottery-funded Conservation Trust Fund dollars of $4,685 for the project.

Prior to the project the playing fields at the Coal Creek Canyon K-8 School were made up of hard-packed gravel, which resulted in many injuries by children playing at recess and during organized sporting events. Parents felt a safe playing field was needed. Years of planning and many volunteer hours have given the community a U10-sized playing field that could previously only be found by leaving the canyon. Children can now run around, dive, slide and fall without having to suffer cuts and bruises. Anyone can play a pick-up soccer, football or Ultimate Frisbee game after school hours. For the first time, a soccer camp was held in the canyon after attracting the interest of British Soccer Camp by Challenger Sports. The camp proved quite popular and was sold out. This kind of opportunity could never have happened without the dedication of the community.

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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