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Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)​​
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)​​

​​Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)​​

Great Outdoors Colorado LogoGreat Outdoors Colorado invests a portion of Colorado Lottery revenues in parks, trails, wildlife habitats, river corridors, playgrounds and open spaces in all 64 counties. Voters approved a constitutional amendment to create GOCO, which is managed by an independent board and uses no tax dollars. Half of GOCO funds, or more than $400 million to date, is dedicated to Colorado Parks and Wildlife projects. The list includes building and enhancing parks, trails and facilities; providing water for recreation, preserving natural areas, and protecting wildlife species; funding for Youth Corps crews, and support for environmental educational programs, volunteer programs and youth outreach.

The other half is invested in competitive grants to local governments and land trusts. The grants have helped preserve more than a million acres of land for future generations, built or enhanced more than 750 miles of trails and more than 1,100 parks and outdoor areas, including skate parks, ice rinks and bike parks. GOCO also has helped protect more than 712 miles of river and create hundreds of jobs annually for Youth Corps, who help build trails, remove invasive species, perform fire restoration work and many other vital tasks.

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