Jun 21, 2017
The folks in Lyons know something about resiliency.
When floodwaters destroyed Meadow Park four years ago, residents saw an opportunity to build back a community gathering place.
The Town of Lyons will receive a Lottery Starburst Award for using Lottery proceeds to create LaVern M. Johnson Park. The renewed park was completed in September 2016 with help from a $1.1 million Lottery-funded Flood Recovery grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).
The award will be presented at the park dedication ceremony during Lyons’ Good Old Days celebration on Saturday, June 24 at 11 am.
Showcased as a “recreation destination”, the expanded community park contains several one-of-a-kind features. They include a water stream play feature, three shelter facilities, a plaza area that doubles as a seasonal ice rink, enhanced river recreation and aquatic habitats, and a large playground with state-of-the-art equipment. The park also features a large green area, walking trails, and camping sites along the North St. Vrain River. Upon its re-grand opening the park was named after longtime community leader and park advocate LaVern Johnson.
The Colorado Lottery Starburst Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds in community projects implemented to enhance a community’s environment.