Better out than in, I always say. And by “out” I mean outdoors. July is National Park and Recreation month, but there’s no surprise there. By this time of year, the heat is on and so are the Barbeques. Summer sports leagues are well underway, and many people are starting to look downright tan (Myself…not so much). July means we have already transcended the longest day of the year (June 21st), so it’s all downhill from here. Hold on to summer, people…hold on to it.
Next time you’re thinking about plopping down on the couch with a bag of chips, getting ready to binge-watch an entire series of your favorite TV show; do yourself a favor and just take a look out the window. What will you see? You will see green grass, open space, blue skies all calling your name. You will hear: “I am Mother Nature, come and play with me!” Get out there and explore because before you know it, we’ll all be wearing six layers of clothes to combat the -15 degree temperatures. I don’t know about you, but winter makes me kind of grumpy. That being said, I challenge you to make the word “Recreation” a verb. Make it something you do not just something.
There are endless ways to get rec-wild, and the City of Greeley in certainly not short on ideas:
· Join a sports league - http://greeleygov.com/Recreation/Leagues/default.aspx
· Swim at an outdoor pool or splash park (splash parks are FREE!) http://greeleygov.com/Recreation/Aquatics.aspx
· Play a round of golf at either of Greeley’s courses - http://greeleygov.com/Golf/default.aspx
· Play Frisbee golf at Epple Park or the Family FunPlex (FREE!) - http://greeleygov.com/Parks/newmaps.htm
· Attend a an outdoor movie at Neighborhood Nights - http://greeleygov.com/Festivals/NeighborhoodNights.aspx
· Walk the many trails and open spaces - http://greeleygov.com/Parks/default.aspx
· Fish at Poudre Ponds - http://greeleygov.com/CMO/PoudreRiver.aspx
· Have a picnic in shady Glenmere Park (there are 30+ public parks) - http://greeleygov.com/Parks/information.aspx
· Visit Centennial Village Museum’s Fair Days - http://greeleymuseums.com/event/centennial-village-fair-days/
The list goes on and on. Get creative. You don’t have to spend a bunch of money to enjoy the activities of summer.
Take a look through the Recreation Connection http://issuu.com/lsmarketing/docs/summer2014recconnect to get even more ideas.
Because Recreation has such a big place in my heart, I would love for you to call my office if you need more activity ideas or have questions about what we have to offer you this summer. Remember, “Out” is so “In” right now. Enjoy your summer!
Culture, Parks, and Recreation
970-350-9406 (Mon-Fri • 8am-5pm)