- Courtesy City of Colorado Springs
- Artist rendering of John Venezia Community Park circa 2015.
Great Outdoors Colorado, which is funded by the Colorado Lottery, awarded several high-dollar grants locally:
• The city of Colorado Springs received $350,000 for a universally accessible playground at John Venezia Community Park, as well as two $110,000 grants for playgrounds at Thomas A. Edison Elementary and the Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning.
• El Paso County received a $45,000 grant to build a dog park at Falcon Regional Park, as well as a $30,000 grant that will be used to create a master plan for the 495-acre Kane Ranch Open Space in Fountain.