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STARBURST AWARDS 2017 – Lamar 4-Plex Ballfield Wins Lottery Award

 

June 29, 2017, DENVER – America’s favorite pastime has a new field of dreams in Lamar.

The City of Lamar will receive a Lottery Starburst Award for using Lottery proceeds to build a new Four-Plex ballfield. The project was completed in 2016 and utilized more than $1 million in Lottery funds from two Lottery beneficiaries; Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Conservation Trust Fund.

The award will be presented at the under-10 baseball tournament in Lamar on July 6.

With increased demand for adequate softball and baseball facilities, the city partnered with the community college and school districts to develop a new Four-Plex that is easier to maintain, ADA-compliant, and meets modern playing standards. Lottery funds covered more than half the project cost which includes four new ballfields, a concession stand, restrooms, announcer’s booth, dugouts, bleachers, scoreboards, sprinkler systems, and new lighting.

The new complex also has a positive economic impact as it allows the southeast Colorado community to host local, regional, and state tournaments, and two Babe Ruth World Series tournaments, bringing teams from as far east as North Carolina and Connecticut.

The Colorado Lottery Starburst Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds in community projects implemented to enhance a community’s environment.

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In FY2016 alone, the Lottery distributed $143.5 million in proceeds. Since its creation 34 years ago, the Lottery has returned more than $2.9 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 provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, and wildlife and conservation education.

For more information on Starburst Awards, visit ColoradoLottery.com

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