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GOCO’s transition to new grant distribution strategy creates avenue for Colorado coronavirus relief

Since voters amended Colorado’s constitution in 1992 to create Great Outdoors Colorado, the trust has directed lottery dollars into 5,300 projects in all 64 of the state’s counties. Last year GOCO toured the state and crafted a new way to distribute funds through a values-based approach that could stir legacy-type projects across entire regions.  The […]

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Colorado now owns Fishers Peak, but funds to build the newest state park are in coronavirus limbo

The deal went down on a picnic table in Broomfield on April 1.   “The quietest acquisition of a $25 million property no one ever heard of,” GOCO boss Chris Castilian said.  With a notary public standing 6 feet away, a flurry of signatures transferred southern Colorado’s 30 square-mile Fishers Peak to the state of Colorado. […]

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A massive ranch in Trinidad is officially Colorado’s newest state park thanks to innovative partnerships

Jay Cimino remembers the fall day in 2017 when his “Gang of 14” — local politicians and business leaders from Trinidad — piloted Jeeps to the base of Fishers Peak. Amidst the fall colors they made a pledge to buy the land below the craggy castle overlooking their city.  “That day, such a beautiful day, […]