DENVER – Jefferson County Open Space and Clear Creek County Open Space will both receive a Colorado Lottery Starburst Award for using Lottery proceeds to construct the Clear Creek Canyon Segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail.
The creation of the trail was funded in part by a $4.6 million Lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant.
Each county will receive their respective award at the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners meeting that begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
The Clear Creek Canyon Segment is part of the Peaks to Plains (P2P) Trail that was selected as part of the Governor’s Colorado the Beautiful Initiative in 2016. This portion of the P2P trail hovers about Clear Creek as it passes through both county lines along one of the most challenging stretches on the 65-mile trail. This four-mile section opened was completed in the summer of 2017. A sizeable GOCO grant was used to construct the 10-foot wide trail, one of three bridges that cross Clear Creek, underpass beneath U.S. Highway 6, and a new parking lot and trailhead. This trail provides access for all athletic abilities to enjoy a beautiful part of Colorado.
After riding the trail at its grand opening, Governor Hickenlooper claimed, “couldn’t be better!”
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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