Montrose Water Sports Park wins Starburst Award — Montrose Daily Press

Miles Harvey of Salida takes  a spill off his standup paddle board into the Uncompahgre River during FUNC fest on Saturday
Miles Harvey of Salida takes a spill off his standup paddle board into the Uncompahgre River during FUNC fest on Saturday

From the Montrose Daily Press:

The Colorado Lottery honored Montrose recently with one of its 2015 Starburst Awards.

The award recognizes Montrose’s excellence in use of lottery funds in creating the Montrose Water Sports Park; the City of Montrose is to formally accept the award at city council’s Sept. 15 meeting.

“This award provides further acknowledgement of all of the planning and effort that went into creating the Water Sports Park,” City Manager Bill Bell said in a statement Friday.

“While the city had a central role in creating this amazing community asset, the finished product represents the collaborative effort and vision of many organizations and individuals in the community. This award recognizes everyone who had a share.”

Great Outdoors Colorado (funded by lottery proceeds) provided partial funding to build the water park, as well as new trails along the Uncompahgre River and improvements to nearby Montrose Recreation District facilities.

Colorado Lottery noted exceptional collaboration among local entities in choosing Montrose for the Starburst Award. Montrose was one of 19 communities to receive a Starburst Award.

“These projects display how important outdoor recreation is to both Coloradans and visitors,” Lottery Director Laura Solano said in the statement.

“The Lottery congratulates and recognizes the 2015 Starburst winners for their vision in creating quality recreation opportunities in their communities.”

The Water Sports Park is located at Riverbottom Park on Apollo Road. It boasts six “wave simulator” structures within the river, several rock-terraced spectator areas, nearly one-half mile of recreation trails, Americans with Disability Act-compliant access ramps at each end of the park, two rock-climbing boulders and several fish-habitat improvements.

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