Another Team Pain Skatepark in Colorado receives the Starburst Award. This time the Lafayette, Colorado Skatepark has won the Starburst Award for it's excellent use of lottery funds. Check out the press release from the City of Lafayette below:
Press Release from the city of LAFAYETTE, CO - September 22, 2011 – The Colorado Lottery announced this week that the Lafayette Skatepark is the recipient of a 2011 Starburst Community Award. The Starburst Community Award recognizes excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds in community projects implemented to enhance a community’s environment. The award process takes into account project goal achievements, creative use of Lottery funds, as well as economic and social impacts of the project on the community. The official award will be presented to City Council by the Colorado Lottery during the October 4 Council meeting.
In its entirety, the skatepark covers 19,000 square feet; 12,500 square feet of streetscape and 6,500 square feet of bowl structures. The facility targets the newest trend of “street skaters”, who participate in ‘bowl’, ‘plaza’, and ‘obstacle’ styles of street courses. It was carefully planned to incorporate challenges for beginners to professional levels, and offers unmatched regional longevity with its progressive design. Because of the project’s location in City Park, the City was able to utilize some existing infrastructure freeing up funds to go directly towards outfitting a remarkable, feature-heavy design with optimal skateable components. Unique materials such as granite, sandstone, marble, and colored concrete were integrated into the project to create a
distinct personality and provide an unmatched skating experience.
Skaters concur that Lafayette is definitely one of the best skateparks not only in the region, but the entire state. In the 9 short months the park has been opened, it has been a national stop on the Elements Make it Count Tour, featured in Thrasher Magazine, and a location for the filming of a Smithsonian Network skate documentary. Word travels fast in the skateboard world. Recreation Staff consistently receives requests from skate organizations interested in hosting events and contests at the park. Skate lessons and camps have been full, and other local programmers bring their groups and campers here to use our facility.
According to Curt Cheesman, Recreation and Facility Management Director, “It’s an honor to have been chosen to receive the Starburst Award. We’re very proud of the Lafayette Skatepark and have been pleased with the overwhelming number of skaters, both young and old, utilizing the park and participating in a healthy, physical activity. Its popularity has definitely exceeded our expectations and has proven to be a worthy investment for the City and a valuable enhancement to the City Park complex and the community.”