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In Colorado, profits from the sale of lottery products are distributed to Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the Conservation Trust Fund (CTF), and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). Coloradans have long known that their investment in these programs is a valuable component of healthy communities, but this value has never before been quantified.

The Trust for Public Land and the City Parks Alliance are excited to announce the launch of The Field Guide for Creative Placemaking and Parks, funded in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, and written by Matthew Clarke. The Field Guide is intended to connect creative placemaking with parks and open spaces, and answer two important questions: first, "What is creative placemaking?" and second, "How does creative placemaking make for better parks and stronger communities?"

The Enchanted Circle Trails Plan and the Taos County Community Conservation Plan engaged community members in creating shared visions for open space conservation and brought together state-of-the-art GIS mapping and modeling with local perspectives and expertise.

The Bernalillo County greenprint is a community-driven conservation plan. The purpose of the greenprint is to guide where mill levy funds should be spent to protect open space and expand access to local parks and trails throughout Bernalillo County–including urban areas.

Lake Chelan and its surrounding foothills provide extremely rich scenic, recreational, ecological, and agricultural resources to local communities and visitors. The area is known for having significant freshwater access points that provide spectacular fishing, boating, swimming, and other waterfront activities.