Salida Wins Starburst Award

The City of Salida received a Colorado Lottery Starburst Community Award Nov. 15 for its excellent use of lottery funds in completing the Arkansas River Whitewater Park and Greenway project.

Dara MacDonald, interim city administrator, said riverside improvements include four whitewater ‘play holes’, a climbing wall, public restrooms, improved access to the river, an outdoor amphitheater and 1,400 feet of concrete walkway.

Salida is one of 14 Colorado municipalities to win the award, which is chosen based on creativity of the project, economic and social impact to the community and whether the project achieved its goal.

The combined efforts of the City, Arkansas River Trust, local community members and adjacent land owners leveraged contributions from the Conservation Trust Fund and Great Outdoors Colorado (lottery-based dollars) to complete the project.

Completed Dec. 12, 2010, total project cost was $794,000, with Conservation Trust Fund and Great Outdoors Colorado contributing $698,484.

“The Arkansas River corridor in downtown Salida has been transformed from a neglected and all but forgotten area to a focal point for the community,” MacDonald said.