Park and Recreation Month

Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month in July!

Park and Recreation Month is almost here, and we have planned a month full of fun and exciting events and activities for you. During the course of the month, we will give out prizes for trivia questions on our Facebook page and distribute bags of goodies from our booth around the district for signing up for our e-mail or liking our Facebook page.


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 9. 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 bottle opener/keychain/magnet). The grand prize winner will receive a 20-punch pass for the new Estes Valley Community Center and a print of the winning photo, which will be on display in the community center for one year. The weekly topics include:
• July 1-7: Fourth of July celebration
• July 8-14: wildlife in Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park
• July 15-21: favorite recreation activity in Estes Park area
• July 22-31: family fun in Estes Park

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 through July. Four-star baseball league games are any weekday night. Visit our recreation page for schedule and complete details.

• Hike one of our trails (Lake Estes Trail, Homer Rouse Trail, Fish Creek Trail)

• 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. All events are open to residents and vistors of any age.

• July 1: Enter the weekly photo competition for a chance to win fun EVRPD prizes. This week's theme is Fourth of July celebration. See all contest information, rules and weekly topics above. Free.

• July 2: Take a kayak ride on Lake Estes. The mornings can be beautiful on Lake Estes when the water is calm and the scenery is beautiful. The Lake Estes Marina store opens at 9 a.m. daily, where you can rent a kayak, canoe, paddleboat, paddleboard and boats. Fees apply for rentals.

• July 3: Dive-in Movie. Join us for our weekly Dive-in Movie at the Estes Valley Community Center at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Get into the action of our water-based-themed movies playing on our new oversized screen while you swim in the lap pool. This week's movie is "Surf's Up." Rated PG. Fee is $5 per person for members, $7 for non-members. View trailer.

• July 4: Happy Birthday, Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course!!! Come celebrate this momentous centennial celebration by playing in our Centennial Golf Tournament. Play starts with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. We will also have free cake at the Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course, the Lake Estes 9-Hole Golf Course and at the Estes Valley Community Center so everyone can share in the party. Cake available until gone at 9-hole and community center at 11 a.m.; noon at 18-hole course. To register for the tournament, visit evrpd.com. Fees apply.

• July 5: Body Blast Workout. Burn some calories by joining us for our Body Blast Workout at the Estes Valley Community Center. Drop in any time; we'll be there all day to get you motivated. Free.

• July 6: Rooftop Rodeo Parade and Find It Friday. 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
Find It Friday scavenger hunt will take place every Friday in July. This Friday's location is the Lake Estes Trail. Look for the riddle tube hidden along the trail. Open it, read/take a picture of the riddle and replace it in the tube. Solve the riddle and then visit the Estes Valley Community Center with the answer. The first three people to visit the community center with the correct answers will win a prize. Free.

• July 7: Hike our trails. This week's suggested trail is the East Portal Trail to Sprague Lake. This fun workout will get you into Rocky Mountain National Park. Moose and deer are occassional visitors along the trail. Be sure to purchase a Rocky Mountain National Park pass prior to accessing the trail. Passes are available at the entrance gates or online at nps.gov/romo.

• July 8: Enter the weekly photo competition for a chance to win fun EVRPD prizes. This week's theme is wildlife of Estes Park, Estes Valley or Rocky Mountain National Park. See all contest information, rules and weekly topics above. Free.

• July 9: Go fishing around Lake Estes. There are plenty of places to fish in Estes Park but one of the most popular with the widest variety of fishing holes is Lake Estes. Fish from Fisherman's Nook, the fishing pier a boat on the water or the shore at the marina — but make sure to purchase your Colorado fishing license first, available at the Lake Estes Marina store.

• July 10: Dive-in Movie. Join us for our weekly Dive-in Movie at the Estes Valley Community Center at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Get into the action of our water-based-themed movies playing on our new oversized screen while you swim in the lap pool. This week's movie is "Moana." Rated PG. Fee is $5 per person for members, $7 for non-members. View trailer.

• July 11: "Consider Wellness Coaching" presentation. Join us at the Estes Valley Community Center (community room C) from 11 to 11:45 a.m. for this free presentation to learn about the many benefits of holistic wellness and the services we offer to assist in reaching wellness goals at EVCC. Presented by Amy Hodge, Fitness and Enrichment Coordinator and Certified Wellness Coach. Free.

• July 12: Golf Putting Contest. Come out to the Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for a free putting contest. Test your putting skills against your friends and then enjoy a refreshing Centennial Smash pint at Smokin' Dave's BBQ at the Hangar Restaurant.

• July 13: Find It Friday Scavenger Hunt. Find It Friday scavenger hunt will take place every Friday in July. This Friday's location is Stanley Park. Look for the riddle tube hidden at the park. Open it, read/take a picture of the riddle and replace it in the tube. Solve the riddle and then visit the Estes Valley Community Center with the answer. The first three people to visit the community center with the correct answers will win a prize. Free.

• July 14: Free ice cream. Celebrate National Ice Cream Day a day early and meet the EVRPD staff at the Estes Valley Community Center 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. Free.

• July 15: Enter the weekly photo competition for a chance to win fun EVRPD prizes. This week's theme is recreation in Estes Park — show us photos of how your recreate in our little mountain town. See all contest information, rules and weekly topics above. Free.

• July 16: Pitch horseshoes. There are free horseshoe pits available at the Lake Estes Marina. Stop in the marina store for the horseshoes. Free.

• July 17: Dive-in Movie. Join us for our weekly Dive-in Movie at the Estes Valley Community Center at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Get into the action of our water-based-themed movies playing on our new oversized screen while you swim in the lap pool. This week's movie is "Surf's Up 2: Wave Mania." Rated PG. Fee is $5 per person for members, $7 for non-members. View trailer.

• July 18: Intro to Line Dancing. If you've never danced before, but always wanted to try, come and enjoy learning how to line dance with us. Step-by-step instruction to popular line dnces like the "Electric Slide," "Boot Skootin' Boogie," "Footloose" and many more. Held at the Estes Valley Community Center in community room C from 1 to 2 p.m. Free.

• July 19: "Exercise is Medicine" presentation. Join us at the Estes Valley Community Center (community room C) from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for this free presentation to learn about the most common health trends in our society, as well s the top two dozen most common diseases in our society. Topics include how exercise can help prevent, treat or cure them all. Presented by Ryan Hale, Certified Athletic Trainer. Free.

• July 20: Find It Friday Scavenger Hunt. Find It Friday scavenger hunt will take place every Friday in July. This Friday's location is Fish Creek Trail. Look for the riddle tube hidden along the trail. Open it, read/take a picture of the riddle and replace it in the tube. Solve the riddle and then visit the Estes Valley Community Center with the answer. The first three people to visit the community center with the correct answers will win a prize. Free.

• July 21: 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 22: Enter the weekly photo competition for a chance to win fun EVRPD prizes. This week's theme is family fun in Estes Park — show us how your family enjoys all that Estes Park has to offer. See all contest information, rules and weekly topics above. Free.

• July 23: 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 24: Dive-in Movie. Join us for our weekly Dive-in Movie at the Estes Valley Community Center at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Get into the action of our water-based-themed movies playing on our new oversized screen while you swim in the lap pool. This week's movie is "The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out of Water." Rated PG. Fee is $5 per person for members, $7 for non-members. View trailer.

• July 25: Yoga in the Park. Reduce stress while enjoying the beautiful views of the mountains around Estes Park. This one-hour yoga session will take place at Stanley Park from 12 to 1 p.m. Free with donation to the Estes Valley Recreation and Park Foundation.

• July 26: Senior Game Day at Stanley Park. Bring your friends and game faces to play some fun games at Stanley Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by the EVRPD Senior Advisory Committee. Free.

• July 27: Find It Friday Scavenger Hunt. Find It Friday scavenger hunt will take place every Friday in July. This Friday's location is Homer Rouse Trail. Look for the riddle tube hidden along the trail. Open it, read/take a picture of the riddle and replace it in the tube. Solve the riddle and then visit the Estes Valley Community Center with the answer. The first three people to visit the community center with the correct answers will win a prize. Free.

• July 28: 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. Free.

• July 29: Enter the weekly photo competition for a chance to win fun EVRPD prizes. This week's theme is any of the previous topics. See all contest information, rules and weekly topics above. Free.

• July 30: Experience the new Stanley Park Bike Park. Officially opened on June 30, this new bike park offers berms, rollers, technical rock features and pump tracks. Free.

• July 31: Dive-in Movie. Join us for our weekly Dive-in Movie at the Estes Valley Community Center at 8 p.m. - NOTE THE LATER TIME. Get into the action of our water-based-themed movies playing on our new oversized screen while you swim in the lap pool. This week's movie is "Splash," the 80's classic featuring Tom Hanks as Allen and Darryl Hannah as Madison. Allen, a workaholic, dreams of fallling in love when he falls into the sea and meets Madison. They begin their own romance but Madison has a secret. Rated PG. Fee is $5 per person for members, $7 for non-members. View trailer.

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.