Local projects win lottery awards

Four projects in Mesa County are among the recipients of the latest awards recognizing the use of Colorado Lottery funding for community and conservation projects.

The City of Grand Junction won two 2016 Starburst Awards for using lottery funds for projects at Los Colonias and Matchett parks. Mesa County won an award for a portion of the Colorado Riverfront Trail. The Town of Palisade won an award for a bike park.

The 22 award-winning projects involved a total of more than $14.5 million in funding.

“The Starburst Award projects are a reflection of Colorado’s commitment to the enhancement and protection of our beautiful outdoors,” said Lottery Director Laura Solano. “The Lottery is proud to recognize the 2016 Starburst Award winners for their creativity and vision in their respective projects and their economic and social impact on their communities.”