About Us

GOCO invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state's parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. Our independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created by voters in 1992, GOCO has committed more than $825 million in lottery proceeds to more than 3,500 projects in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support.

GOCO grants have helped to:

  • Create or enhance 1,100 community park and outdoor recreation areas, including skate parks, ball fields and playgrounds
  • Build or restore more than 750 miles of trail
  • Protect more than 1 million acres of open space in perpetuity, including land along river corridors and in mountain valleys; land for wildlife habitat; agricultural land; land in the heart of cities; land that separates communities; and land that buffers state and local parks from encroaching development
  • Preserve more than 712 miles of Colorado rivers
  • Enable thousands of teenagers and young adults to participate in the Colorado Youth Corps Association
  • Assist Colorado Parks and Wildlife in acquiring and enhancing wildlife habitat; improving species’ status to delist or prevent them from being listed under the federal Threatened and Endangered Species Program; providing wildlife viewing opportunities; enhancing facilities at existing state parks; buying land and providing facilities at new state parks; acquiring buffers to protect parks from encroaching development; and providing youth education


Fact sheet (PDF)
Financial Statement (PDF)
Annual Report Web page or  PDF
Strategic Plan (PDF)