DENVER – The City of Alamosa will receive a Colorado Lottery Starburst Award for using Lottery proceeds to construct the Alamosa Multi-Use Facility and Ice Rink that serves a huge portion of the region.
The new pavilion was made possible thanks to a $350,000 Lottery-funded grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).
The award will be presented to Alamosa Mayor Josef Lucero during the first intermission of the 1 p.m. San Luis Youth Hockey Association game on Nov. 17 taking place at the new rink.
“There is no doubt this project has positively impacted the San Luis Valley and increased our quality of life through an affordable recreation amenity that is drawing youth and adults from an entire region,” said Andy Rice, City of Alamosa parks and recreation director.
At the center of the multi-use facility is a 200-foot by 85-foot sized ice rink that is open during the late fall to spring months. Nearly 80 kids participate in the city’s youth hockey program and the venue sees up to 200 ice skaters during the weekend. The ice rink is the only refrigerated venue in the San Luis Valley. The facility also includes full locker rooms and event space, opening opportunities to host concerts, tournaments and other large events.
The Colorado Lottery Starburst Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds in outdoor recreation and conservation that enhance a community’s environment.
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In FY2018 alone, the Lottery distributed $140.7 million in proceeds. Since its creation 35 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, 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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