GRAND JUNCTION PARKS AND RECREATION WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR LINCOLN PARK ARBORETUM, TRAILS AND UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE PLAYGROUND

GRAND JUNCTION PARKS AND RECREATION WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR LINCOLN PARK ARBORETUM, TRAILS AND UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE PLAYGROUND

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DENVER, Oct. 16, 2013– The Colorado Lottery has awarded a 2013 Starburst Community Award to Grand Junction Parks and Recreation for excellence in the use of Lottery dollars for the Lincoln Park Arboretum, Trails and Universally Accessible Playground project. Grand Junction Parks and Recreation utilized a Lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant of $250,000 for the project.

The overall goals of the project were to improve safety, improve accessibility, improve playability of the playground for all abilities and highlight outdoor educational opportunities. This was done through the construction of new trails, installation of a universally accessible playground that fills a significant gap in the community for children with disabilities, removal of the old Loop Road and the creation of a new Arboretum Trail.

Lincoln Park has more than 80 tree species, many of which are very uncommon for the region. The uniqueness of Lincoln Park trees, some of which were planted in 1922 was never promoted and/or used for educational purposes until the project. Today, with the new Arboretum, visitors can walk through the park and observe 59 different tree species all with a sign denoting the tree names, along with a phone number and QR code that visitors can dial or scan to get additional information on the trees on their mobile phones.

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

The construction of the grandstands has created a community gathering space for many park user groups during both formal and informal recreation. Additionally, the grandstands project has supported the needs of a growing youth baseball camp and tournament (Telluride Baseball Festival), which has a positive economic impact on the community in terms of lodging and sales tax revenues.

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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