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NEOS game


9/8/2014 Send Feedback

A few years ago, the Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department (CPRD) applied for a grant from the game manufacturing company Playworld Systems, to receive a state-of-the art interactive gaming system called NEOS. The City of Greeley planned to use NEOS for recreational purposes at the Family Funplex to encourage kids to be physically active in the fight against childhood obesity. The grant was indeed awarded to the City of Greeley CPRD for which a NEOS game system was then provided. The system is currently still located at the Family FunPlex and open for use. The NEOS game was featured on the Ellen DeGeneres show not long before the grant was awarded, and it is in fact a very pricey piece of equipment (worth around $50,000 at the time). The system is designed to help keep children (and adults) active by participating in a fun and physically-oriented game. NEOS’s purpose and reason for acquisition is to help curb childhood obesity. It’s simply another tool to get kids active by appealing to their senses, natural desire for competition and interest in gaming. NEOS is FREE and available at any time that the FunPlex is open.  You will find it outside by the mini golf course.

So…how do you play? The great thing about this game is you can play with 1-4 people, and it’s for almost all ages. The equipment itself consists of four lighted towers (seen in picture above). The lights are either green or red (or white sometimes). They are arranged vertically from near the ground to about 6 feet up. The idea is to touch the lights as they light up using your hands and/or feet. (Though I can attest that it works better if you touch them with your hands). So for example, in a game for two players, one person would hit only green lights to get points and the other person would hit only the red. The lights can appear in any position, on any tower at any time. So, as soon as a light is touched, it will go off and another one will go on in a different place (or maybe the same place!). The player that touches the most lights of their color before they disappear gets the most points and will win. The game can be as friendly or as competitive as desired. Some people get a little physical and try and block each other from reaching the lights. It’s all about strategy! This makes for a game where players are running back and forth between the towers, reaching high and low, left and right and ducking and dodging around their opponents. It’s one fun way to be active!

Head out to the FunPlex, and play some NEOS, you won’t be disappointed. Remember this game is completely FREE of charge! Just tell the front desk you’d like to play NEOS, and they will direct you to the game.  Get your games faces on, Greeley!


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)  


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