The City of Salida’s Whitewater Park, which was partially funded via a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), is featured in a 20th Anniversary “20 for Our 20th Anniversary” feature on the organization’s website: http://www.goco.org/featured-projects
The selected projects have been featured for being great projects that “represent some of the best Colorado has to offer.”
Great Outdoors Colorado History:
In 1990, then-Colorado Governor Roy Romer created the Great Outdoors Colorado Citizens Committee with the help of Ken Salazar, who was the executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources at the time. The committee, which consisted of conservation, business and political leaders from across Colorado, was charged with answering the question: What should we do to sustain and enhance our outdoor resources—parks, trails, wildlife and open space—for the future? After an extensive public process, the committee issued recommendations that included establishing a trust fund to invest in the future of Colorado’s outdoors.
As a result of the committee’s work, citizens placed an initiative on the 1992 ballot: A constitutional amendment to create the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund. The initiative was approved by more than half of the state’s voters and the Great Outdoors Colorado Amendment (Article XXVII of the Colorado Constitution) redirected lottery proceeds being used for capital construction projects to projects that preserve, protect and enhance Colorado’s wildlife, park, river, trail and open space heritage. The Amendment also created the Great Outdoors Colorado Board to distribute those funds.