Jun 13, 2019

Cortez receives Starburst Award for Pickleball Courts at Centennial Park

Get those paddles out, Cortez, and let’s celebrate that new pickleball court!

The City of Cortez will receive a Colorado Lottery Starburst Award at Centennial Park on Saturday, June 15 at 9 a.m., at the Cortez Pickleball Spring Mixer. The $189, 547 project, completed in May 2018, was made possible with $187,547 in Lottery proceed funds from GOCO and the Conservation Trust Fund. The remaining funds came from individual donations.

The Pickleball Court project replaced the two 35-year-old tennis courts in need of renovation with six pickleball courts.  These new courts are available at no charge and help provide a fun and healthy activity for all generations of Cortez residents and visitors.

Since 1984, the City has received $1,204,000 from the Conservation Trust Fund (CTF) and $1,212,000 from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), both using Lottery proceed funds. Montezuma County has received $45 million from the Colorado Department of Education’s BEST fund (Building Outdoor Schools Today); $6.5 million from CTF and $10 million from GOCO.

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


In FY2018 alone, the Lottery distributed $140.7 million in proceeds. Since its creation 36 years ago, the Lottery has returned more than $3.2 billion back into the state of Colorado. Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: GOCO, the Conservation Trust Fund, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. These organizations provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, and wildlife and conservation education. For more information on Starburst Awards, visit ColoradoLottery.com


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