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Posted on: May 3, 2018

Big Little Idea Contest winners announced


The four winners of the Big Little Idea Contest were announced and recognized at the city council meeting on Tuesday, May 1. The recipients of the Big Little Idea contest each received a check for $750 and will have until December 18, 2018 to implement their idea.

The Big Little Idea winners and their ideas include:

  • Kathy Sholders, Friends of Barr Lake field trips
  • Xithlali Perez, making and handing out care bags to Brighton’s homeless 
  • Joan Kniss, vegetation signs along Pheasant Ridge Park’s walking path
  • Manuela Cavanaugh, attractive raised trough beds in Brighton’s existing community gardens

Winners were selected based on the criteria for originality, connection to the community and creativity. The four winners were chosen by a judging panel consisting of two city council members and one Brighton Youth Commission member. There were 14 entries total and judged has to narrow it down to only four. The judging was also monitored by appointed staff.

In February, the city announced the launch of the fourth Big Little Idea contest. The community had until April 1 to enter the contest.

The Big Little Idea contest is a city-sponsored contest that awards $750 each to four citizens, nonprofits or teams that reside in Brighton city limits to create and implement ideas to make Brighton a better place to live, work, play and learn.

The City of Brighton would like to thank everyone in the community who submitted an idea. For more information on the Big Little Idea contest, contact the city’s Public Information and Community Resources Department at 303-655-2146 or visit


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