Colorado Springs encourages residents to “Play in the Park”

June 8, 2017 by  

A number of agencies and organizations in Colorado Springs, including Downtown Ventures, Connect COS, and the Parks Department, have devised a program they call “Play in the Park,” to get residents out to enjoy activities in the city during the summer months. The program started in late May 2017 with the opening of the whimsical Uncle Wilbur Fountain.

When the fountain is not operating, it appears to be a concrete pedestal decorated with a mosaic. Once the water starts, Uncle Wilber rises from the base with a sousaphone in his hand. While taped tuba music plays, the statue dances and spouts water.

Residents with valid IDs can take part in a number of activities, all of which are free of charge. These include board games, corn hole, lawn bowling, giant Connect Four, and oversize Jenga. Giant chess and checkers will open soon.

“Play in the Park” runs from 10 am until 5.30 pm every day through Labor Day. After that, it will only be open on weekends until October 8, 2017. Beginning June 25, the program opens an hours earlier, beginning at 9 am. This coincides with the start time of the farmers’ market at Acacia Park.

Efforts like this can benefit if organizers work with a postcard printing company to create a card for a targeted mailing to city residents, announcing the program.