The Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District was formed on December 21, 1978, under the provisions of Part 8 of Article 1 of Title 32 C. R. S. 1973 for the purpose of providing television and FM radio translator service within the confines of the District. In 2000, the Board of Directors received approval from the Gunnison and Saguache Boards of County Commissioners to expand the mission of the District to include recreation, arts and cultural services. Funding for the expanded mission began in 2001.
50% of all Lottery Funds received by the District are shared with other local governments to facilitate park and recreation services. $399,828 has been shared with local governments in the service plan area since 2001.