TOWN OF TELLURIDE WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR TELLURIDE TOWN PARK GRANDSTANDS

TOWN OF TELLURIDE WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR TELLURIDE TOWN PARK GRANDSTANDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DENVER, Oct. 16, 2013– The Colorado Lottery has awarded a 2013 Starburst Community Award to the Town of Telluride for excellence in the use of Lottery dollars for the Telluride Town Park Grandstands project. The Town of Telluride utilized a Lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant of $112,285 for the project.

The Telluride Town Park Grandstands project consisted of constructing two identical covered grandstand structures, located between the two largest and most frequently used playing fields in Town Park, to provide spectator seating and weather protection. Each individual grandstand structure is approximately 1,056 square feet, has an estimated capacity of 52 people, has a metal roof with snow guards to shelter spectators from sun and inclement weather and is accessible by foot, bike, stroller or wheelchair. This project was the first phase of a multi-phased project. Future phases include a tensile membrane structure, a picnic area and a building to house concessions, restrooms and storage.

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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