Apr 22, 2021

The Colorado Lottery recognizes the Cañon City Area Metropolitan Recreation and Park District’s Rouse Park Playground project with a Starburst Award.

This $270,035 project could not have been completed without funding from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Conservation Trust Fund (CTF) through Lottery proceeds. With a $157,895 GOCO Local Parks and Outdoor Recreation (LPOR) grant in the spring of 2020 and a  $25,605 CTF grant, the Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District was able to replace the highly used and well-loved playground equipment at Rouse Park.

Rouse Park is the District's most heavily used facility, hosting youth and adult sports programs and special events throughout the year. It serves as an outdoor place to play, walk, and picnic area for Cañon City residents and visitors. By Jan. 9, the playground was open for play. 

Although the new playground has only been open a short while, it provides families and children a new and exciting place to get outside and play. One young visitor gave it "five thumbs up!"


More than $10.5 million in Lottery funds are represented in 11 winning projects distributed statewide through grants via Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the Conservation Trust Fund (CTF), Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), and Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST).

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