TOWN OF LARKSPUR WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR LARKSPUR COMMUNITY PARK ENHANCEMENT PROJECT

TOWN OF LARKSPUR WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR LARKSPUR COMMUNITY PARK ENHANCEMENT PROJECT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DENVER, Oct. 16, 2013– The Colorado Lottery has awarded a 2013 Starburst Community Award to the Town of Larkspur for excellence in the use of Lottery dollars for the Larkspur Community Park Enhancement project. The Town of Larkspur utilized a Lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant of $597,940 along with $20,000 of Lottery-funded State Parks/Colorado Greenway dollars for the project.

The Larkspur Park Enhancement Project was designed as a five phase effort to provide outdoor recreational and fitness opportunities for community area families and residents and attract more park users. The park enhancements include new restrooms, widened park roads, additional parking, large picnic shelters, a new playground, sledding hill, pathways throughout the park, a fitness trail with fitness stations, a pedestrian bridge, a wildflower meadow, gazebo, a council fire ring with benches and expansion of the ball field to meet regulation size standards for league and competitive play. By providing park users with an effective immediate outlet for organized and individual exercise and recreation, use of new park facilities has exploded into a seven days per week, mid-morning to sunset adventure for many.

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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