DENVER, Colorado - The Colorado Lottery has awarded a 2012 Starburst Community Award to the town of Vail for using lottery dollars to make improvements to Red Sandstone Elementary School's playground. The town funded the project using a $161,203 lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado grant.
The funding allowed the town to relocate the playground, select new playground equipment and re-purpose the old playground, which no longer met safety guidelines or Americans With Disabilities Act requirements. The new play area is used by locals within the neighborhood, locals and guests from Lionshead Village across the highway who currently have no park or playground, participants in after-school programs and the hundreds of Camp Vail attendees throughout the summer.
In fiscal year 2012 alone, the lottery distributed $123.2 million in proceeds. Since its creation 29 years ago, the lottery has returned more than $2.4 billion to the state.
Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: GOCO, Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. These organizations then provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, and wildlife and conservation education.