Grand Junction wins lottery award for amphitheater

The City of Grand Junction is among the latest winners of awards recognizing the use of funds from the Colorado Lottery to improve communities in the state.

The city won a 2018 Starburst Award for the amphitheater at Los Colonias Park in Grand Junction.

The Montrose Recreation District also won a Starburst Award for the Montrose Community Recreation Center.

The Colorado Lottery presented 11 awards.  A total of $18 million in lottery funding was earmarked to the 11 projects in amounts ranging from $150,000 to
$4.8 million. Lottery funding accounted for about 24 percent of total project costs.

“This year’s award recipients represent a cross-section of exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities and open space protection for generations to come,” said Colin Waters, community relations specialist with the Colorado Lottery. “Lottery players and all Coloradans should be proud that their support of lottery games plays a major role in protecting the Colorado outdoor way of life.”

Located in a 130-acre park along the Colorado River south of downtown Grand Junction, the amphitheater opened in July.

The amphitheater includes a 40-foot by 60-foot stage with such amenities as dressing rooms and side wings. Gently sloped lawn seating can accommodate several thousand people. It’s expected the amphitheater will serve as a venue to 20 to 30 events a year with a total attendance of more than 40,000 people.

Upcoming events at the amphitheater include what’s billed as the Colorado Riverfest scheduled for July 21. The Colorado Riverfest will offer local craft and food vendors and a reggae rock blend of musical entertainment. This year’s headliner will be Common Kings, with supporting national artists Anuhea, Passafire and Pacific Dub. The event also will include a special reunion performance by Pineapple Crackers. Local and regional openers will include Niceness from Telluride and Wave 11 from Grand Junction.