Woodbury Park receives statewide recognition
Craig — The City of Craig has seen three Parks and Recreation Department directors, years of staff turnover and many volunteer hours in the creation of Woodbury Park. The nearly-complete project made the time, effort and money all worth it and people across the state will know it.
The City of Craig was awarded honorable mention in the Colorado Lottery Starburst awards presented last week for good use of lottery proceeds in addressing growth issues. The award was given for Woodbury Park, a sports complex built using lottery funds, costing $343,000. According to Craig Parks and Recreation Director Dave Pike, more than 60 percent of the project cost was borne by Conservation Trust Funds and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) funds both sources of lottery proceeds.
“Woodbury is a nice park,” he said. “We should feel fortunate to have it here.”
Starburst awards are broken down by region and by project cost. Projects submitted from Moffat County compete with counties in the Northwest Region, which includes 15 counties. There are five regions in Colorado. Because of its cost, the project was placed in the fourth of four categories including projects costing more than $200,000.
“We were competing with the big boys on this,” Pike said.
“This is usually a very competitive region so the fact that (Craig) is there is good,” Judy Rose, Colorado Lottery community relations manager, said. “(Judging) is a real painful thing because there are a lot of good uses of lottery dollars out there.”
The criteria for awards are creative and cost-efficient use of Lottery funds, the economic and social impact of the project and community participation.
“You can live or die by all of those categories,” Rose said. “You have to have high scores in all of them.”
According to Rose, Craig scored well in the community participation category.
This is the eighth year the Colorado Lottery has given Starburst Awards, but this is the first year Craig officials have submitted an application for the award. Pike said he applied in hopes of seeing the Western Slope get more recognition for its lottery-funded projects.
“We need to take an active role in patting our backs on jobs well done,” he said. “We do a lot of the same things as the Front Range, but we do them with less resources and less manpower.”
The City of Steamboat Springs also received honorable mention in category four for Emerald Park, a youth sports complex with four soccer and four baseball fields.
According to Rose, the award for Craig says, “We’ve looked all over the whole state and this is the best we’ve seen.”
The winner in category four was Silver Plume, Georgetown and Clear Creek County. The three entities developed the “Georgetown to Silver Plume Express.”
After two days of competition at the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association State Finals, riders and ropers from Moffat and Routt counties are making their way into the home stretch.