STARBURST AWARDS 2018
JUNE 28, 2018 – DENVER – After 20 years, residents of Adams County and the northeast Denver Metro area will soon have a multiple use water recreation destination in their backyard.
Adams County Open Space will receive a Colorado Lottery Starburst Award for using Lottery proceeds to acquire Willow Bay near Brighton. The acquisition was made possible thanks to a $3 million Lottery-funded grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).
The award will be presented at the Stars and Stripes Independence Day Celebration at the Riverdale Regional Park and Fairgrounds at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3.
This 174-acre parcel of open space is located along the South Platte River Greenway and Trail. At the heart of Willow Bay is the 100-acre reservoir that will be used for non-motorized boating, swimming, fishing and paddle boarding. Full development of recreation amenities will take place over the next three to four years. Willow Bay also serves as a wildlife habitat for several species of birds, deer, coyotes, and wild turkeys.
“A primary goal of the county and our Board of Commissioners is to improve the overall quality of life for residents and that begins with our commitment to providing a variety of recreational opportunities,” said Adams County Board of County Commissioners Chair Mary Hodge. “Willow Bay is a unique amenity and this process serves as an example of what is possible when public partners work together to provide greater access to parks and open space.”
The Colorado Lottery Starburst Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds in outdoor recreation and conservation that enhance a community’s environment.
In FY2017 alone, the Lottery distributed $133.4 million in proceeds. Since its creation 35 years ago, the Lottery has returned more than $3.1 billion back into the state of Colorado. Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: GOCO, 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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