Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD) has planned many activities for the month to get you outdoors to discover the power of play at your local parks and recreation facilities.
An initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Park and Recreation Month has been celebrated since 1985 to highlight the vital and powerful role local parks and recreation, such as EVRPD, play in conservation, health and wellness, and community involvement.
This week, EVRPD will host the following: - Go Fishing at Lake Estes: Lake Estes is a popular place to fish. Whether along the lake shore or in the Big Thompson River above or below the lake, there are lots of fishing locations to enjoy for a fun afternoon. Remember to purchase your Colorado Parks and Wildlife fishing license, which can be obtained at the Lake Estes Marina along with a wide variety of fishing supplies and snacks. - Ice Cream Day: We celebrate National Ice Cream Day a little early in Estes Park and hold our own celebration on the second Saturday of July. Come by the Estes Valley Community Center at 660 Community Drive for a free ice cream starting at 11 a.m. and while supplies last. Ice cream will be in the party room—just ask at the front desk.
- Weekly photo contest: Each week starting on Sunday, we will host a photo contest on our Facebook page. The theme for the week of July 14 is recreation in Estes Park, Estes Valley or Rocky Mountain National Park. Post your photo on our Facebook page
(www.facebook.com/evrpd). Include the hashtag #PlayOnEstesPark in the post to be
included in the contest. Visit www.evrpd.com/park-and-recreation-month for complete
rules, prizes and details. No cost to participate.
- Look for Wildflowers on the Homer Rouse Trail: For Monday, July 15, we recommend
taking a hike along the Homer Rouse Trail. In typical years there can be an abundance of wildflowers. This year, with the wet spring, there may just be an extra volume to enjoy. Dogs are permitted on this trail, which can be accessed across from Lily Lake on
Colorado Highway 7 or along Fish Creek Way. Free.
- Watch the “Our Wonderful World Travel Series”: Every Tuesday in July is a new topic
presented by intrepid travelers as part of the Estes Valley Library’s “Our Wonderful
World Travel Series,” which this year is being presented at the Estes Valley Community
Center. This week’s topic is Stories and Photos from Uganda with Beverly Lyne. Free;
registration required by going to estesvalleylibrary.org.
- Rent a Paddleboard and Cruise Lake Estes: For Wednesday, July 17, rent a paddleboard
at the Lake Estes Marina and take a nice ride around Lake Estes. The Lake Estes Marina, located at 1770 Big Thompson Avenue, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Play a Game of Chess at the EVCC: Come by the Estes Valley Community Center to play a game of chess today. Games start at 3:30 p.m. and all skill levels are welcome. Free.
For all of the info about Park and Recreation Month, visit evrpd.com.