Skatepark Receives Starburst Award from CO Lottery
The Colorado Lottery will present a 2014 Starburst Community Award to Lake County for using Lottery funds to build Leadville’s new 21,000 square-foot concrete Huck Finn Skate Park. The project was completed this summer with the help of a Lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant worth $350,000 and a Conservation Trust Fund grant of $137,000.
The award will be presented at the Lake County Commissioners’ meeting this Monday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.
In 2010, a small group of volunteers took the initiative to revitalize an existing Leadville park by writing grants, hosting fundraisers, and working with a local skate park builder.Huck Finn Skate Park in its final stages before the snow came in last Fall. The park had its Grand Opening This summer, July 27. Photo: Huck Finn Skate Park Project
Three years later, the outcome of the Huck Finn Park Project is a state of the art, multi-use, multi-generational skate park facility with a view of the Sawatch Mountains. The park features a contemporary street plaza look, and includes rails, stairs, ledges, banks, gaps, and bowl-type construction appropriate for different ages and abilities.
“The skate park has been a huge success,” said Project Chair Carrie Mallozzi. “As many as 30 people may be using the park at any given time – on bicycles, scooters, in-line skates and skateboards.”
The Colorado Lottery Starburst Community Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds in community projects implemented to enhance a community’s environment.
In Fiscal Year 2014 alone, the Lottery distributed $130.1 million in proceeds. Since its creation 31 years ago, the Lottery has returned more than $2.7 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 then provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, and wildlife and conservation education.