Park and Recreation Month

Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month in July!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our month of fun activities around the District. We had a great time doing everything from hiking to looking for wildlife to playing golf to paddling on Lake Estes. During the course of the month, we gave out prizes for trivia questions on our Facebook page and bags of goodies for signing up for our e-mail or liking our Facebook page. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for future promotions and continue to get outdoors.

The winners for Park and Recreation Month are:

- Marina hat: Kris Hazelton
- 1/2 price adult sports registration: Tonya Francis
- 1/2-hour bike ride rental: Sarah Smith
- Smores prize bag: Travis Menghini
- 1/2-hour paddle boat rental: Tavis Menghini
- Camping goodies bag: Misti Marcantonio
- 2-hour shelter reservation: Sarah Smith
- Smokin' Dave's BBQ gift card: Ryan Smith
- A youth sports registration:Sarah Smith

Photo contest winners:

- Fun on Lake Estes: Christie Glorioso Nagl for her photo of a grandfather and grandson fishing at Lake Estes
- Wildlife and wildflowers of Estes Valley: Dee Robinson for her photo of a bobcat
- Grand prize winner and favorite recreation activity category: Paul Marcotte for his photo of the mill in front of Longs Peak demonstrating his favorite pastime of photographing the Estes Park area
- Family and friends in great light: Leslie Stearns for her photo of a young girl jumping to show her excitement for being in Estes Park

Paul Marcotte will receive a 20-punch pass for the new Estes Valley Community Center and a print of his winning image, which will hang in the community center for the first year of operation. The community center is scheduled to open in early February 2018.


Estes Valley Recreation and Park District has prepared a full month of activities and ideas for you to get outside and enjoy beautiful Estes Valley.

A study by the National Recreation and Park Association found that nearly three in ten U.S. adults do not spend time outside on a daily basis. Yet study after study proves that fresh air and time in nature makes people feel more alive, refreshed and energized.

So let's get outside and enjoy that Colorado sunshine.

EVRPD is here to help with lots of recreation opportunities on the mild side of fun in Estes Park and a full calendar of events. With more than a dozen properties—from golf courses and trails to a marina and campgrounds—there is sure to be something that fits your interests.

Check out the complete calendar of ideas.

#PlayOnEstesPark Photo Contest

Each week throughout the month of July EVRPD will conduct a photo contest with a different theme each week. Enter by going to our Facebook page, post your photo and tag it with #PlayOnEstesPark. EVRPD staff will select a weekly winner each Monday, starting July 10. A grand prize winner will be selected from the four weekly winners. The weekly winners will receive an EVRPD prize pack (EVRPD drawstring backpack, EVRPD sticker, EVRPD lanyard, EVRPD t-shirt). The grand prize winner will receive a 20-punch pass for the new Estes Valley Community Center, opening in January 2018, and a print of the winning photo, which will hang in the community center for the first year of operation. The weekly topics include:
• July 1-8: fun on Lake Estes
• July 9-15: wildlife or wildflowers in Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park
• July 16-22: favorite recreation activity in Estes Park area
• July 23-31: family and friends in their best light

Photo Contest Rules: Employees of Estes Valley Recreation and Park District and their immediate family members are ineligible. Photos submitted on Facebook do not need to be hi-resolution but the photo must be available as a hi-resolution file (4,000 pixels on the longest side at 300 dpi) in order to print large enough for hanging in the Estes Valley Community Center. Do not include a frame or other graphic element on the submitted images. A small watermark in the lower left or right corner is acceptable.

Other events all month long:

• Play a full or abbreviated round of golf or practice on our putting green, chipping area or driving range at the Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course, 1480 Golf Course Road.

• Play a short round of golf at our Lake Estes 9-Hole Golf Course, 690 Big Thompson Avenue

• Have a picnic at one of more than two dozen picnic shelters at Stanley Park, Wapiti Meadows, Cherokee Draw, Fisherman's Nook or Lake Estes Marina.

• Rent a bike, boat or pedal cart at Lake Estes Marina.

• Look for the EVRPD booth set up around the District for prizes and giveaways. Clues about where to find us will be posted on our Facebook page.

• Watch a softball or baseball game at Stanley Park. Adult softball games are every Monday and Wednesday night until July 19 for co-rec league and July 24 for men's softball; tournament July 29. Four-star baseball league games are every Thursday night. Visit our recreation page for schedule and complete details.

• Hike one of our trails (trail info)

• Watch a youth baseball game at Stanley Park. Games are played every Saturday at 10 and 11 a.m. until July 22.

• Check out our Park and Recreation Month Calendar or Estes Valley Things to Do

Daily events, activities and ideas of things to do around Estes Valley:

• July 1: Hike the East Portal Trail to Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Trailhead is located at the end of Tunnel Road/Highway 66 just before the entrance to Estes Park Campground at East Portal.

• July 2: Enter the weekly photo competition for a chance to win fun EVRPD prizes. This week's theme is fun on Lake Estes. See all contest information, rules and weekly topics above.

• July 3: Play a game of pick-up pickleball. This fun, sour-sounding sport is great exercise. A group meets daily (except Sundays) from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Stanley Court pickleball courts. (380 Community Drive)

• July 4: Estes Park Fireworks. Find a spot along the south side of Lake Estes, one of the nearby mountains or bring a blanket to Stanley Park and watch one of the best mountain fireworks shows in Colorado. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

• July 5: Rooftop Rodeo Parade. Enjoy a fun parade around Estes Park and watch for your favorite Park and Rec District employees in the parade. Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Elkhorn Lodge. Parade route map

• July 6: Throwback Thursday. Every Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m., we will set up a classic lawn game on our own lawn at Stanley Park. This week's game is bocce ball. No cost, all equipment provided.

• July 7: Wildflower hike. Join an EVRPD staff member for a 1.5-mile hike along the Homer Rouse Trail to spot wildflowers. Meet at the parking lot across from Lily Lake on Colorado Highway 7 (near the entrance road to Baldpate Inn) on July 7 at 4 p.m. Bring water, your camera and wear comfortable hiking shoes. No cost or registration required.

• July 8: Free ice cream. Celebrate National Ice Cream Day and meet the EVRPD staff at the small shelter at Stanley Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will hand out ice cream to the first 300 guests and have information available about EVRPD.

• July 9: Enter the weekly photo competition for a chance to win fun EVRPD prizes. This week's theme is wildflowers and wildlife in Estes Valley. See all of the rules, information and weekly topics above.

• July 10: Take the kids to a tennis lesson. Starting July 10, have your 5 to 10-year-old child participate in a three-week series of tennis lessons. Visit www.evrpd.com/tennis for more info.

• July 11: Guided kayak ride. Join an EVRPD staff member for a guided one-hour kayak ride on Lake Estes. Be ready to roll at 8 a.m., Tuesday, July 11 at Lake Estes Marina, $20 for single-person kayak or $25 for two-person kayak. Or bring your own kayak. Limited to eight kayaks. To register, email dawn@evrpd.com.

• July 12: Play golf at the Lake Estes 9-Hole Golf Course. Located at 690 Big Thompson Avenue, play a short round of golf on a course that has the Big Thompson River running through it. Golf clubs are available for rent as well as push and motorized golf carts. Visit www.golfestes.com for specials and additional information.

• July 13: Throwback Thursday. Every Thursday during July, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stanley Park, join EVRPD for some play with classic lawn games. Badminton will be featured on Thursday, July 13. Free and no registration required.

• July 14: Bike around Lake Estes. There is an easy, 3.75 mile, paved trail around Lake Estes. It is a great ride for bikes. If you don't have a bike with you, consider renting a bike or pedal cart at the Lake Estes Marina.

• July 15: Have a picnic at Cherokee Draw. EVRPD offers numerous picnic areas and more than two dozen picnic shelters throughout our District. Cherokee Draw, located along U.S. Highway 36 between Lake Estes and Stanley Park, has several of these picnic shelters (available on a first-come, first-served basis) or bring some lawn chairs and picnic along the shores of Lake Estes. Please remember the $5 daily use fee.

• July 16: Enter the weekly photo competition for a chance to win fun EVRPD prizes. This week's theme is favorite recreation activity in Estes Valley. See all of the rules, information and weekly topics above.

• July 17: Pitch horseshoes. There are free horseshoe pits available at the Lake Estes Marina. Stop in the marina store for the horseshoes.

• July 18: Paddleboard on Lake Estes. Stand-up paddleboards are available for rent at the Lake Estes Marina, or bring your own and sail along Lake Estes on a warm summer day.

• July 19: Hit golf balls at the 18-hole driving range. There is a driving range along with a practice putting green and chipping area at the Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course. It is a great way to keep up with your golf game between rounds of golf or to relieve a little stress.

• July 20: Throwback Thursday. Every Thursday during July, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stanley Park, join EVRPD for some play with classic lawn games. Croquet will be featured on Thursday, July 20. Free and no registration required.

• July 21: Take the kids to the playground. EVRPD offers several playgrounds around our District including a large one at Stanley Park. It is a great way to get outside, get some activity into a day and enjoy some family time.

• July 22: Doggie play time. Take your dog(s) to the Stanley Park dog park so your dog can have some fun while in Estes Park too.

• July 23: Enter the weekly photo competition for a chance to win fun EVRPD prizes. This week's theme is family and friends in their best light in Estes Valley. See all of the rules, information and weekly topics above.

• July 24: Complete the fitness circuit. The 3.75-mile Lake Estes Trail includes a variety of fitness equipment. Ride, walk or bike the entire trail and complete each of the fitness stops to make a great effort at staying fit.

• July 25: Go fishing at Mary's Lake. There are plenty of places to fish in Estes Park but one away from the crowds is Mary's Lake across from the Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake. Fishing and boating are not permitted in the lake but big fish have been caught right on the shore, including a 21" lake trout earlier this summer.

• July 26: Happy Hour at Smokin' Dave's BBQ at the Hangar Restaurant. Smokin' Dave's BBQ has a happy hour every day from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Hangar Restaurant. As the busy month of recreation activities winds down, join us for a drink to celebrate the hard work you put in towards getting fit, healthy and active.

• July 27: Throwback Thursday. Every Thursday during July, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stanley Park, join EVRPD for some play with classic lawn games. Cornhole will be featured on Thursday, July 20. Free and no registration required.

• July 28: Free mini soccer clinic. Take the kids over to Stanley Park for a free mini-soccer clinic. Times are 4 p.m. for children ages 4 to 8 and 5:30 p.m. for children ages 9 to 14.

• July 29: Softball tournament. Our co-ed and men's softball leagues have been busy playing for almost eight weeks and now it is time to crown a champion. Join us for a fun day of competitive play to see who takes home the title.

• July 30: Enter the weekly photo competition for a chance to win fun EVRPD prizes. This week's theme is family and friends in their best light in Estes Valley. See all of the rules, information and weekly topics above.

• July 31: Wildlife walk along the Lake Estes Trail. Join Master Naturalist and professional wildlife photographer, Dawn Wilson, on a walk along the Lake Estes Trail to see what critters might still be nesting, cooling off in the lake, or flying high above. Meet at the Fisherman's Nook parking lot at 7 a.m. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable walking shoes. No fee or registration required.

You did it! You made it through a busy month of activities and fun for National Park and Recreation Month. Thank you for sharing in the fun.