Summer in Colorado is a time for taking advantage of the countless parks and outdoor amenities the state has to offer, and Lakewood is inviting visitors and residents alike to enjoy the city’s parks.
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Addenbrooke Park, 600 S. Kipling Parkway, the city, partnered with Kaiser Permanente, is kicking off this year’s “Passports to the Park Challenge —12 parks in 12 weeks.”
Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to walk, run, bike or play in as many parks as they can in the 12-week period that runs from through August.
Registration is $8 and includes a passport with information on the 12 parks, T-shirt and map of Lakewood’s parks.
“This is a program we’ve had before, but it was called ‘Walk Lakewood,’” said Polly Zimmerman, fitness specialist with Lakewood.
“We have around 70 parks in Lakewood, and we want to inspire people to visit other parks aside from just their neighborhood ones.”
According to Allison Scheck, marketing and community relations administrator, the 12 parks that were chosen are spread out throughout the city, to show the diversity of options for outdoor enthusiasts.
“We want people to know no matter what you’re looking for — from short loops for runs to long trails — we have a park that will fit,” Scheck said.
New to this year’s program is a passport for children, which Scheck said has some more information and activity ideas for children who visit the parks. The activities include games like nature scavenger hunts.
The parks don’t have to be visited in any particular order, and since each park is different, including its layout and amenities, visitors are encouraged to really explore each park.
“There are so many ways to connect with the outdoors, and we want to provide some examples for people who want to experience them,” Scheck said.
Another part of the program is the city’s and Kaiser’s celebration of July as National Park and Recreation month with Fitness in the Park.
From 9 to 10 a.m. on each Saturday in July, a free class will be taught at the Bonfils-Stanton Ampitheater at the Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St.
July 6 is zumba, July 13 is yoga, July 20 is tai chi and July 27 is a special family program featuring zumba and zumbatonic for children.
“Kaiser is a big sponsor of the fitness events in the park,” Zimmerman said. “We want to get people out and active as much as possible.”
She added that just being outside motivates people to exercise more, and for children, getting them outside and exercising leads to healthier eating and development.
For more information and to register, call 303-987-5400, stop by any Lakewood recreation center or visit www.Lakewood.org/Recreation.