DENVER - The City of Grand Junction will receive a 2018 Colorado Lottery Starburst Award for the development of Las Colonias Park Amphitheater. The city used $350,000 of Lottery funding through the Conservation Trust Fund, a division of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.
The award presentation will take place at the Grand Junction City Council meeting on October 17.
“The Las Colonias Park Amphitheater, funded by 13 different organizations, is an excellent example of community collaboration,” said Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation Traci Wieland. “The Grand Junction community is thrilled to be recognized by the Colorado Lottery for our efforts!”
The Amphitheater is now a major component of the 130-acre Las Colonias Park (a 2016 Starburst Award winner), which sits adjacent to downtown Grand Junction. The Amphitheater was designed and constructed as a multi-functional venue for small, medium, and large crowds and features the backdrop of the Colorado River and the adjacent Colorado Riverfront Trail. Since its opening the venue has hosted several concerts and festivals. The park offers easy access to recreational amenities and active transportation commuter routes along the river, as well as convenient access to shopping and businesses.
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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