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About Park and Recreation Month

Parks and recreation are vitally important to the quality of life in our city, not only for the health and well-being of people who live here, but also because of the preservation of our best, most beautiful assets including trails, open spaces, and parks. Colorado Springs is stronger, more vibrant, and more resilient because of parks and recreation services and we’re excited to show it during National Park and Recreation Month 2024.

This year's theme — “Where You Belong” — celebrates the many ways park and recreation professionals across the country foster a sense of belonging in their community by providing welcoming and inclusive programs, essential services for all ages and abilities, and safe, accessible spaces to build meaningful connections. 

Join us in celebrating Park and Recreation Month with Free Community Events!

Panorama Park

Friday, July 12, 2024 6-8 p.m.

Join Anthem Music Enterprises for Music in the Park at Panorama Park!

  • 5:30 p.m. – Food Trucks
  • 6 p.m. – Music Begins
  • 6:30 p.m.– Activities including pie eating contest, music chairs, etc.
  • 7 p.m. – Awards & Announcements
  • 7:45 p.m. – Giveaways
  • 8 p.m. – Conclusion of Event

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Friday, July 26, 2024 6–8:30 p.m.

In conjunction with the Blue Moon Trail Run, join us for Music in the Park, featuring Chill Duo at Piñon Valley Park.

  • 4:30pm – Registration Opens for Blue Moon Trail Run (Kids/Adult Races Available)
  • 5:45pm – Registration Opens for Youth Kickball Game
    • Youth of all ages are invited to participate in a FREE kickball game. Shirts will be provided, and pre-registration is not required! The game begins promptly at 6 pm.
  • 6:00pm – Blue Moon Trail Run & Youth Kickball Game Begins
  • 6:00pm – Food Trucks & Beer Garden
  • 6:30pm – Music Begins
  • 8:15pm – Giveaways
  • 8:30pm – Conclusion of Event

Interested in signing up for the Blue Moon Trail Run Series?

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Park & Recreation Month Coloring Contest: July 1 – 31

Let your creative juices flow with the Park & Recreation Month Coloring Contest! Print the coloring page or pick up one from the Music in the Park events throughout July. One winner will be selected from each of the following age groups and announced on @cospringsparks social media on August 1st.

  • 6 and under
  • 7-12
  • 13-17
  • 18-59
  • 60 and up

Completed artwork can be submitted:

  • In Person at PRCS Admin Office – 1401 Recreation Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
  • Mail – Same address as listed above; Attn: Community Engagement Team
  • E-mail – prcs@coloradosprings.gov 

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Discover COS Calendar Photo Contest – Submissions Open!

The Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department will begin accepting photo submissions for its Discover COS calendar starting Monday, July 15. The 2025 calendar, produced this fall, will be the twelfth edition highlighting the natural beauty of parks, trails, and open spaces in Colorado Springs and the power of recreation in our community.

Submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday, September 6, 2024. To learn about this year's artist prompt, guidelines of the contest, and more click the button below.

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Facts about Parks and Recreation

  • National Park and Recreation Month is a time to promote the benefits of healthy, vibrant communities. It is a time to recognize the importance of parks and recreation in establishing and maintaining quality of life and in contributing to the physical, economic, and environmental well-being of communities.
  • Park and Recreation Professionals Day, #ParkandRecDay, is back for its sixth year on July 19, 2024, and is celebrated during National Park and Recreation Month. It's a national celebration honoring essential industry professionals across the country, who make our communities better places to live, work and play.
  • Evidence not only shows that parks are cooler than their surrounding cities, but that parks contribute to overall urban cooling — parks make our cities more comfortable in the summer!
  • National Park and Recreation Month is an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), to learn more about National Park and Recreation Month, visit nrpa.org/July.