Since 1994, Grand Junction has been the proud recipient of over $4 million worth of funds that have directly benefited our community and improved our park properties, and more are in the works for 2018.
Great Outdoors Colorado (referred to as GOCO) provides a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to community projects across the state of Colorado. The emphasis is on helping preserve and enhance parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. In 1992, citizens placed an initiative on the Colorado ballot that created a constitutional amendment to establish the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund. The initiative was approved by 58% of Colorado voters.
According to Parks and Recreation Director Rob Schoeber, “Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery have been dedicated to Parks & Recreation projects since its inception in 1994. These funds have been instrumental in funding many local projects including the Lincoln Park Stadium Improvements, Tiara Rado Golf Course, and many parks, pools, trails and master plans. The continued support from GOCO has allowed us to leverage funds from numerous other public and private sources making so many more projects possible.”
Notable Grand Junction proceeds since 1994 and plans for 2018:
- $1.5 million for connecting the Riverfront Trail to the Lunch Loops via the Connect Initiative (construction to begin this year)
- $75,000 for RIO to connect youth and their families with the outdoors via the Inspire Initiative (2015)
- $29,400 for the Las Colonias Slough project via the Habitat Restoration Grant (2016)
- $122,000 for Rocket Park (2009); $250,000 for Lincoln Park (2012); $323,000 for the first phase of Las Colonias Park (2014); and $343,000 currently pending for a Las Colonias Boat Launch via the Local Park and Outdoor Recreation Grants Program
- $75,000 for the Matchett Park Master Plan via the Planning Grants Program (2014)
- $110,000 for Orchard Avenue Elementary (2017) and $110,000 currently pending for Mesa View Elementary via the School Yard Initiative Grants Program
- Four weeks’ worth of youth conservation corps effort on permanently conserved properties (2016)
Each of these programs require varying amounts of matching funds. Additional GOCO funds have also been utilized by Colorado West Land Trust and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Media contact: Callie Berkson, 970-254-3867 or firstname.lastname@example.org