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Bike Skills Park earns Colorado Lottery Starburst Award

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The Town of Palisade will receive an award from the Colorado Lottery Commission as a part of the Starburst Awards program. Starburst winners are recognized for excellence in their use of Lottery proceeds used to “enhance a community’s environment.”

The Bike Skills Park was completed in September of 2015 with volunteers from the community as well as from the Colorado Plateau and Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA). One of the main goals of the park was to provide more recreational opportunities for young people, as well as a place to improve off-road biking skills.

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Construction of the bike skills park took place in the summer and fall of 2015.

Palisade’s all-dirt park also connects to the Colorado Riverfront Trail as it passes through Riverbend Park.

The Bike Skills Park, located at the south end of Brentwood Drive at the eastern end of Riverbend Park, is open to riders of all skill levels, and includes a pump track for more experienced riders, as well as terrain for the beginning cyclist on a strider.

$28,255 in Lottery dollars was granted and used by the town in construction of the park, accessed through the Conservation Trust Fund, making the park eligible for the Starburst awards program.

According to Kelly Tabor of the Colorado Lottery, $143 million of Lottery funds were distributed in 2016 alone. $2.9 billion has been returned to Colorado’s economy in the 33 year history of the Lottery program by providing grants and direct funding for acquisition and development of parks, open spaces, trails and wildlife and conservation education.

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Formerly the manager of the Palisade Tribune, Betsy moved to Palisade in 2009 after spending almost 35 years in Breckenridge. She has three grown kids, two in Colorado and one in Idaho. A die-hard Palisade booster, Betsy is also a big fan of the Palisade High School Bulldogs.