Gov. Bill Ritter Declares 2009
Colorado State Parks
Deb Frazier (303) 866-3203 ext. 4342, firstname.lastname@example.org
DENVER - Gov. Bill Ritter proclaimed 2009 the "Year of Colorado State Parks" on Friday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the state's first park, Cherry Creek State Park, and to recognize the leadership of
state parks in conserving the natural environment and providing outdoor recreation.
"Since 1959, Colorado State Parks have set the standard in caring for the state's natural resources for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of present and future generations," said Ritter. "The recreation programs at state parks enhance Colorado's rich tradition of diverse outdoor experiences."
More than 11 million people visited the 42 Colorado State Parks in 2008 to hike, snowmobile, fish, camp, photograph unique natural settings, boat, picnic with family and friends, watch wildlife and enjoy the outdoors.
During 2009, Colorado State Parks will celebrate their golden anniversary with events throughout the state to recognize the dedication of employees, volunteers and community members that have opened a new state park nearly every year for 50 years. That same dedication has made state parks high quality outdoor recreation destinations and economic cornerstones for neighboring communities.
"Looking forward to the next 50 years, Colorado State Parks is committed to providing the same high quality outdoor experiences that our visitors have come to expect," said Dean Winstanley, director of Colorado State Parks. "Join us in commemorating our golden anniversary by visiting and enjoying a state park.
"Our 50th anniversary is also an opportunity to recognize the contributions of organizations, including Great Outdoors Colorado and the Colorado Lottery for the funding that's essential to a wide range of parks' projects that preserve, protect and enhance wildlife, parks, trails and open spaces," said Winstanley.
Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,000 campsites, 57 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.colorado.gov/parks