School Playground Receives Starburst Award
Leadville continues to lead the way for Coloradans to play. The Colorado Lottery will give a 2015 Starburst Community Award to Lake County for using Lottery funds to help build the Lake County Intermediate School Playground in Leadville. The project was completed in December 2014 with support from a Lottery funded Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant worth $100,000.
The award will officially be presented to Lake County Commissioners at their regular board meeting, this coming Monday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m.
The playground project included the replacement of playground equipment, a new outdoor basketball court, new walkways, boulder retaining walls, construction of an outdoor classroom and a new sod open play area. The entry gate area connecting the playground to the Mineral Belt Trail, a paved bike path adjacent to the site, was also funded by Lottery dollars in an effort to promote community use of the area after school hours.
It’s also a good time to remind the community that this is a public park and open to everyone during non-school hours, so be sure to take your favorites kids over to enjoy this “Starburst Community Award-Winning” Park!
The Colorado Lottery Starburst Community Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds in community projects implemented to enhance a community’s environment. In 2015 alone, the Lottery distributed $127.9 million in proceeds. Since its creation 32 years ago, the Lottery has returned more than $2.8 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.
Doctors Race Bikes in S. Africa for Lake County Youth
Last March, Leadville resident Dr. Doug Yeakel, along with friend Dr. Chip Woodland, braved 8 days of endurance mountain biking in the 2015 Cape Epic race in South Africa. The race covered a distance of 739 kilometers over mountainous terrain with 52,493 feet of accumulated vertical climbing, often with temperatures reaching over 100°F. And now it’s Leadville youth who will benefit from those efforts.
Funds raised by the duo will support two different projects:
A $5,000 grant has been awarded to the Lake County School District to support the West Park playground project. The project, developed in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, is part of a 10-year plan for improving population health outcomes in Lake County. According to the school district, the West Park playground will serve 225 students on a daily basis during the school year, during physical education classes, lunch, recess, and after school.
It is also available for use by the entire neighborhood, year round.
In addition, a $6,000 fund has been established to help Leadville youth and their families pay registration fees for sports and activity programs of their choice. The KIDS in the GAME Pass program will pay up to $50 for qualified youth towards school sports and other physical activity program fees. Helping encourage year-round participation in physical activity, The Pass program provides support up to four times a year. Online applications are currently being accepted by KIDS in the GAME through their website.
“Fitness has always been an important aspect of my life” says Doug, “completing the race, clearly the hardest event I have participated in, was motivated by my commitment to raising funds for the youth in Leadville.”
Being physicians, Chip and Doug are reminded daily of the impact of obesity and sedentary lifestyles. They are firm believers in positive youth and community development through sports activities. Partnering with KIDS in the GAME has provided them with an opportunity to “fund-race” to increase physical activity among kids in Lake County.