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The City of Colorado Springs invites residents and visitors to celebrate National Park and Recreation Month this July in Olympic City USA.

To recognize Park and Recreation Month, numerous free community events are taking place throughout Colorado Springs and online. These include a coloring contest for kids and the annual Discover COS Calendar photo contest. New this year is the Challenge Card Contest that encourages self-guided exploration of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services (PRCS) facilities. Complete 10 items on the card for a chance to win one of six prizes. 

“We are fortunate to live in a community with amazing natural resources and park professionals who steward our vibrant park and recreation system,” said Britt Haley, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services director. “We are excited to celebrate Park and Recreation Month in Colorado Springs with a variety of activities for residents of all ages and abilities that encourage residents and visitors to explore the outdoor spaces so readily available in our city.”

PRCS will also host the following free community events:

A program of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the goal of National Park and Recreation Month is to recognize the essential services that park and recreation professionals provide to the community and to reflect on the exponential value local parks and open spaces have on our quality of life.

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. For more information, visit

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