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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Colorado Lottery has awarded a 2011 Starburst Community Award to the city of Rifle for using Lottery dollars to complete the Centennial Park project. The city of used a Lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant of $750,000 to help construct the park.

Centennial Park serves the entire region by providing passive recreation amenities and opportunities, historical and environmental education, and a residential/community connection to the Rifle downtown area for individuals of all ages. The park provides needed bike and pedestrian trail connections to the middle school and existing city and proposed county trails, and city/state parks. Centennial Park works a seam that knits the east and west parts of Rifle together into a common community. Other unique features of the park include: a water splash park, sundial, bench and knee-wall seating, a large amphitheater and a large lawn area.

“Once considered nothing more than an overgrown flood plain for Rifle Creek, it is now one of the shining examples of Rifle’s dedication and perseverance to improve and further develop the City Parks and Trail system,” said Aleks Briedis, recreation director for the City of Rifle. “It is a tribute to the history and people of this dynamic community.”

The Colorado Lottery Starburst Community Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds in community projects implemented to enhance a community’s environment.

Bargains will be plentiful at the upcoming used book sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. The sale will be held from Oct. 1 – 8. Don’t miss the special preview for Friends members on Friday, Sept. 30, from 5 – 7 p.m. Memberships are available at the door.

Visit the sale often and choose from more than 15,000 used hardback and paperback books, conveniently sorted by category. New items will be added throughout the week. The sale opens at 10 a.m. each day except Sunday, when it begins at 1 p.m.

Book donations are gratefully accepted year-round, during the library’s regular hours of operation. The library is located at 413 Ninth St. Call 945-5958 for more information.

The Garfield Legacy Project is seeking steering committee members for the upcoming “Garfield Greenprint” project. The Greenprint project will result in a plan establishing goals and priorities that can be used to guide future conservation investments. The steering committee will help provide overall project direction, review and refine conservation priorities, and provide information to interested residents. The first steering committee meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 3, in Glenwood Springs.

To learn more and become a steering committee member, visit, or email

Have you always wanted to write? Do you have some poems, short stories or a family memoir stashed away in your desk? The Glenwood Springs Writers’ Workshop offers encouragement and advice for writers at any level of experience, from beginner to published author. All genres are welcome, including but not limited to poetry, memoir, fiction, nonfiction, drama, essay and children’s stories.

The Glenwood Springs Writers’ Workshop fosters a relaxed, accepting and supportive atmosphere for improving the writing of all who attend. The workshop is co-facilitated by Pat Conway and Debbie Crawford.

Meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, from 7 to 10 p.m., in the basement of the Glenwood Mennonite Church at the corner of 23rd St. and Blake Ave.; please enter on the south side of the building.

Membership is open to adults, from high school senior to distinguished senior, and any age in between. Attendance and membership in the group are free, but a small donation from attendees is appreciated, to help defray utility costs.

The Glenwood Springs Writers’ Workshop is actively looking for new writers. For more information, please contact Pat at 963-5730 or Debbie at 309-1486.

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