If a young boy approached you and said, "I just played with bees, rode a cheetah and explored a pirate ship!" you'd probably shake your head at his active imagination. But thanks to GOCO's School Play Yard Initiative–a special grant program that involved school children in the design of their dream playgrounds–active imaginations are helping to inspire reality.
Notice anything different about us? We hope so. And we hope you like what you see. Our new website is designed with you in mind. If you're looking for a place to hike, bike, camp, kayak, picnic or see Colorado wildlife, you'll find it here. We want to make it easy for you and your family to get outside and play. Connecting people with Colorado’s great outdoors is what we’re all about.
Since awarding our first grants in 1994, GOCO has racked up some impressive numbers: We’ve infused more than $772 million in Lottery funds back into the state; awarded grants to approximately 3,500 projects in all 64 counties; permanently protected more than 1 million acres of open space; created or restored more than 725 miles of trails; and developed or enhanced 1,150 community parks and outdoor recreation areas. Our investments in Colorado are visible in communities statewide. But our soundest investment―and one that offers the greatest return―just may be in Colorado youth.
When you consider what has been accomplished with Lottery funds across Colorado since voters created GOCO in 1992, there's definitely cause to celebrate.
The triple anniversary of three organizations that protect land, conserve natural resources and promote recreation merits celebration. The cause of connecting children and families to nature demands commitment.