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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


Play it Safe! – Playground Safety


5/6/2014 Send Feedback

As summer days warm, the quest to find a creative, safe and fun place for little ones to burn off energy is on every parents mind. If you are lucky enough to live within the City of Greeley, you have 22 playgrounds to choose from. Neighborhood parks are terrific at offering opportunities and activities that may not be found in one’s own backyard. Local playgrounds are perceived as safe places for children to play but what you may not realize is that keeping children safe on the playground is a collaborative effort. 

 

Annually over 200,000 children are injured on playgrounds (National Program for Playground Safety) with falls accounting for 75% of playground related injuries. On behalf of the City of Greeley, Park Maintenance Technicians are dedicated to making sure the parks are clean and safe. After each new playground is installed, a detailed audit is performed to make sure the installation meets all current ADA (Americans with Disability Act), CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) guidelines. For the life of each playground, Park Technicians perform detailed monthly safety inspections looking for worn equipment, cracks, sharp points, and failures that might affect the safety of the equipment. Daily, those same technicians are making sure everything is in order by removing debris, washing equipment, addressing vandalism and raking safety surfacing into place when needed.

 

In addition to equipment safety, parents are the second line of defense to ensure playground play is safe. Statistics show that 45% of playground related injuries can be attributed to a lack of supervision. Here are a few of the top tips for making sure your children are staying safe on the playground:

·         Actively supervise your children.  It is tempting to spend this down time following up on phone calls and your “to do” list, but the extra bit of activity will be good for you too.

·         Dress appropriately. Necklaces, purses, scarves, helmets and drawstrings can pose a strangulation hazard if they get caught on equipment. Do not allow ropes, jackets, strings or other objects to be tied to the equipment.

·         Pushing and shoving can be dangerous. Teach children to take turns and be patient with one another.

·         Choose a play area that is age appropriate. Older children play much more aggressively and are more confident in their ability to navigate the equipment. 

·         Avoid playgrounds with grass, asphalt, concrete, dirt or gravel. Compacted or hard surfaces increase the likelihood of injury from falls.

·         Report safety concerns immediately. If you suspect a problem, no matter how small, let someone know at the City of Greeley Park Department (970) 350-9390.

·         Closed toed shoes are recommended. 

·         Check surfaces first on sunny/hot days and of course, don’t forget the sunscreen! Without shade, even the lightest colored plastics can be quite hot for unprotected skin.

·         Keep bicycles, strollers, coolers, roller blades etc. out and away from playground equipment to prevent them from being tripped over or landed on (SafeKids.org).

Together, we can keep our children safe!


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