DENVER – Boulder County will be presented with two Colorado Lottery 2015 Starburst Community Awards for using Lottery funds to help preserve Tolland Ranch and to help build the Allenspark playground.
The Tolland Ranch conservation easement was completed this summer with support from a Lottery-funded $700,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant and the Allenspark playground was completed in 2012 with support from a Lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado grant worth $89,959.
Tolland Ranch, a historic and scenic property located within the Roosevelt National Forest, is now preserved for all to enjoy the many recreational opportunities and natural beauty. Acquisition of the 3,400-acre easement will allow conservation of popular Nordic ski trails and significant wildlife habitats. The property is home to mountain lion, elk, mule deer, bear, moose, river otter, and wild turkeys as well as federally threatened or endangered species, including the Canada Lynx, Greenback Cutthroat Trout, and the southwestern willow flycatcher.
Prior to the creation of the local park, Allenspark citizens would have to travel nearly 20 miles to the nearest playground. With help from Lottery proceeds, Allenspark now has their very own park that provides a safe, scenic, and convenient place for the local community to play. The park also features a half basketball court that doubles as an ice rink in the winter.
The awards will be presented at the County Commissioners meeting on September 29 at 11 a.m.