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GOLFING – it really IS for everyone


8/11/2014 Send Feedback

Everybody, let’s play golf! August is National Golf Month. Hey now, no yawning. Unless you’re a golf enthusiast, your eyelids are probably getting heavy at the mention of it. But did you know there is more than one type of golf? What’s that? You don’t believe me? Well, there’s Frisbee golf (or disc golf), mini golf, and golf the card game just to name a few. So what am I getting at? Golf is for everyone. Even with traditional golf, it’s never too late to learn.

Golf is fun, right? When my family put the game on TV, everyone in the living room would be comfortably sawing logs. That golf clapping can soothe even the wildest toddler into a summer afternoon slumber. In high school my Dad would occasionally take me out to the driving range. His father was a golf champion, and he played the game himself for many years so he knows his stuff. Even though golf was not my sport of choice, there was something therapeutic in the wild swinging of a club. If I would have taken the experience more seriously maybe people wouldn’t yell “Strike 3! Batter’s out!” when I’m trying to tee off. Oh well, a $50 set of clubs can only get you so far (as if that’s my problem). There’s no denying that even if you’re golf game is lacking at best, a cold beer (or two) and cavorting around in a golf cart is still a fun time; especially when you can laugh at yourself (and hopefully someone worse than you).

For those that golf, or aspire to golf, check it out! - http://greeleygov.com/Golf/default.aspx

For a different kind of golf, check this out!

The Outback Disc Golf Course (DGC) at the Family FunPlex will be right up your alley. In a nut shell, disc golf (or Frisbee golf) is a combination of Frisbee and mini golf. You throw a disc into a metal basket (or “hole”) and count the number of throws it takes to do so. Similar to a mini golf course, a disc golf course has obstacles to “putt” around. You may find that you may have to cross a stream, or throw around a tree to get in range of the hole. The Outback is a free course located behind the Family FunPlex at 1501 65th Avenue. For more information on the Outback DGC, contact Chris Thomas at (970) 310-3555 or 3rdgc1@gmail.com.

Be sure to check out Greeley’s other disc golf courses as well, Epple Park (43rd Avenue & 4th Street) and the University of Northern Colorado (14th Avenue & Reservoir Road). All three courses are listed under the PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association) web site at www.pdga.com.

And don’t forget we have an 18-hole mini golf course at the Family FunPlex too! It depicts Greeley’s water history; you can putt through Poudre Canyon. The course is open year round. Check it out at www.familyfunpelx.com

Swing away, Greeley!


July is Park & Recreation Month


6/26/2014 Send Feedback

 

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! 

Abbey Youngman

Administrative Specialist

Culture, Parks, and Recreation

970-350-9406 (Mon-Fri • 8am-5pm)  


Yes Officer, That’s my Bicycle Parked Illegally


6/13/2014 Send Feedback

“I sped. I followed too closely. I ran a stop sign. I almost hit a Chevy. I sped some more. I failed to yield at a crosswalk. I changed lanes in an intersection. I changed lanes without signaling while running a red light and speeding! …and I have unpaid parking tickets!”

Ok, maybe my driving’s not that bad, and I’m definitely NOT Jim Carrey. When we think of traffic violations, we usually think ‘cars’. But did you know that these traffic infractions might also apply to bicyclists? Yup. Sergeant Fred Myer with the Greeley Police Department says “…state statutes essentially make bicyclists responsible for all other ordinances and statutes that apply to the driver of an automobile, including driving under the influence (DUI).”

Now that Greeley has become more of a bike-friendly city (yay us!), here is some legislative gold that both bicyclists and motorists alike should be aware of. I’ll list the ordinance (taken straight out of the City of Greeley Municipal Code; 11.01.1412 Operation of bicycles and other human-powered vehicles), and then do my best to add a little…should we say…‘insight’.  

                 

 No bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one (1) time than the number for which it is designed or equipped.

- Forget giving your buddy a lift, or your date a ride on the handlebars. You’ll have to meet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two.

 

No person riding upon any bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle shall attach the same or himself or herself to any motor vehicle upon a roadway.

- Late for work? Grabbing on to that truck might seem like a good idea, but you’ll most likely end up as road kill.

 

Persons riding bicycles or electrical assisted bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two (2) abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.

- This can be dangerous! Think of a cluster of bicyclists as dominoes…it just takes one for the whole bunch to go down.

 

A person operating a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle shall keep at least one (1) hand on the handlebars at all times.

-We all know you can ride a bike with no handlebars…you don’t have to show off.

 

Except as otherwise provided in this Subsection (9), every person riding a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle shall signal the intention to turn or stop in accordance with Section 11.01.903; except that a person riding a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle may signal a right turn with the right arm extended horizontally.

A signal by hand and arm need not be given continuously if the hand is needed in the control or operation of the bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle.

- None of these hand signals involve the middle finger, sorry. (Though sometimes I want to give that signal continuously…)

 

A person riding a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle upon and along a sidewalk or pathway or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian. A person riding a bicycle in a crosswalk shall do so in a manner that is safe for pedestrians.

-Pedestrians: They’re people too.

 

A person riding a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle shall dismount before entering any crosswalk where required by official traffic control devices or local ordinances.

-That’s why it’s called a crossWALK.

 

A bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle parked on a sidewalk shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of pedestrian or other traffic.

-Don’t park like a jerk.

 

Except as authorized by Section 11.01.111, the rider of an electrical assisted bicycle shall not use the electrical motor on a bike or pedestrian path. (Ord. 08, 2011 §1)

-Be courteous, Speed Racer! Those side-walk people wouldn’t stand a chance.

 

If you’ve been drinking, get a sober ride or walk. Riding a bike while intoxicated subjects you to the same DUI provisions (11.01.1305 ) as any motorist. Take a hike, don’t drink and bike!

 

So now that you’re a little wiser on the rules, grab your bikes and ride on Greeley, ride on.

 

To read the full chapter from the City Code, please visit http://www.colocode.com/greeleypdf.html

As soon as it stops flooding, ride the Poudre Trail! Check out a map and info at http://greeleygov.com/CMO/PoudreRiver.aspx


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