Colorado Lottery Awards Eight Projects Across the State for Excellence in the Use of Lottery Funds

May 2, 2023 | Lottery News

More than $4 million is represented in eight projects that include outdoor equity, conservation, restoration, parks, trails, and school projects

Pueblo, Colo. (May 1, 2023) – Colorado Lottery Starburst Awards recognize eight projects of more than $4,042,238 for their excellence in the use of Lottery funds. The winning projects were chosen from across the state based on the creativity of the project, economic and social impact on the community, and the goals achieved.

More than $4,042,238 in Lottery funds were represented in the winning projects. Lottery proceeds are distributed statewide through grants distributed by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the Conservation Trust Fund (CTF), Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), the Outdoor Equity Fund, and Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST).

“The Lottery’s conservation efforts are only made possible through the incredible work of its partners that distribute Lottery revenue to meaningful projects throughout the state. To see Lottery dollars at work around the state to protect, support, and expand open space, animal habitats, and recreational opportunities is so gratifying,” said Tom Seaver, director of the Colorado Lottery. “This year’s Starburst winners showcase the types of projects that help our state be the best state in the country.”

Submissions included programs and projects like parks, playgrounds, outdoor recreation facilities, land conservation, trail enhancement, open space acquisition, wildlife natural resource preservation, and public school capital improvements.

This year’s 2023 Starburst Award winners include:

City of Wheat Ridge – Prospect Park – $1,237,970 (GOCO and CTF)

Nearly 45,000 residents and visitors enjoy Prospect Park annually. The park renovation will provide more opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to be able to enjoy the park as the gateway to the regional Clear Creek Trail and Wheat Ridge Greenbelt. In addition to creating new recreation opportunities at the park, the Lottery funds help replace the picnic pavilion, the tennis court with pickleball courts, and improve the roads and walkways around the park. Photo

City of Englewood – Pirates Cove Play Structure Refurbish – $207,478 (CTF)

Located just south of Denver, this pirate-themed water park draws over 100,000 visitors every summer. The park’s popularity and annual attendance have grown along with the area since it was built in 2004. Needing an upgrade, exciting new features were added to the structure, including a new double slide, new paint, portal openings with pirates looking out, a ship’s wheel, along with fish, a treasure chest, parrot and cannons. Photo

Montrose Recreation District – Holly Park Renovation – $214,348 (GOCO)

The City of Montrose used its Local Park and Outdoor Recreation (LPOR) grant to make several improvements to Holly Park, including adding a multi-purpose field, playground, enhanced handball courts, and colorfully painted courts to inspire creative play. Additional improvements included the removal of outdated and unusable elements. Grant funds were also used to expand the infield, dugout, and shade structures and provide additional parking, lighting, and irrigation. Photo

Crawford State Park – Clear Fork Campground Renovation – $1,537,487 (CPW and GOCO)

Located near the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Crawford’s major draws are its reservoir and camping facilities. It is considered the rare location on the western slope where people can enjoy fishing, waterskiing, swimming, and even scuba diving. The renovations include replacing multiple campsites and now has 20 full hookups for recreational vehicles, as well as more space, new shade shelters and picnic tables, and improved ADA access. Photo

Town of Estes Park – Thumb Open Space – $350,000 (GOCO)

In partnership with the Town of Estes Park and Estes Valley Land Trust (EVLT), GOCO funds were used to acquire the 65-acre Thumb Open Space on the south side of Prospect Mountain in Estes Park. Since the 1940s, the Thumb and Needle, two iconic rock features in Estes Park, have been a favorite rock climbing and hiking destination. In an effort to conserve the property and provide public access, future improvements will include enhancing the area’s existing facilities, signage, trail improvements, additional fencing, and increased patrolling of the area. Photo

Adaptive Adventures – Get Outdoors and Play Multisport Days – $45,000 (OEGP)

Adaptive Adventures is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Westminster that provides progressive outdoor sports opportunities to improve quality of life for children, adults, and veterans with physical disabilities and their families, regardless of their location, equipment needs or economic status. This grant is able to provide adaptive cycling, climbing, kayaking and paddle boarding to children, adults, and veterans with physical disabilities and their families, free of charge. Photo

The Cycle Effect – Girls Mountain Bike Program – $25,000 (OEGP)

The Cycle Effect’s mission is to empower young women through mountain biking to create brighter futures and build stronger communities. Founded on the belief that all young women deserve equal access to the outdoors and mountain biking in general, the Girls Mountain Bike Program is designed to make mountain biking accessible, affordable, and inclusive, especially for young women of color. Photo

Environmental Learning for Kids – ELK Education Center – $425,000+ (GOCO)

The ELK Education Center and Montbello Open Space Park Campaign is a unique partnership with Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK), The Trust for Public Land, and Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR). The project has created a 7,000 square-foot environmental and outdoor Education Center and 4.5-acre Open Space Park providing a home in the community to learn, play and create through improved access to nature, educational and community programs in a safe place within the neighborhood. The new Education Center provides a space to house ELK’s programs and operations, as well as provide green space that is open and free to the public and activated by youth and adult programs. Photo

About Colorado Lottery:

Since 1983, the Colorado Lottery has returned more than $4 billion to outdoor projects and schools through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Building Excellent Schools Today. Proceeds from sales of Colorado Lottery games – Scratch, Powerball, Mega Millions, Colorado Lotto+, Lucky for Life, Cash 5, and Pick 3 – enhance, protect, and improve parks, trails, and open space in Colorado. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Colorado Lottery.

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