Our local parks are often our first experiences in nature and our introduction to a favorite hobby or physical activity. They are places to gather with friends and family, spaces to celebrate life’s special moments, spots of respite and healing, sites that connect us with essential community services, and so much more. We encourage you to get out there and share your parks and recreation experience to celebrate this national month (don’t forget to tag your photos with #OurParkAndRecStory and #myGreeley)!

Did you know? Nearly three in five adults say that access to these amenities is very or extremely vital to their mental and physical health.

So get out there and enjoy our parks, trails, and recreational areas! My Greeley has come up with ten ways for you to celebrate parks and recreation all month long.

1.  Did you know that Greeley has 48 parks? You may have your favorites, but it may be time to check out a park that you haven’t visited before. Our parks include playgrounds, athletic fields, picnic areas, dog parks, and more. Check out the Explore Greeley map to find a new local park.

2. Go to the Arts Picnic, July 24-25, in beautiful Lincoln Park in Downtown Greeley.  Come to enjoy food booths, a beer garden, and live continuous entertainment on two stages.  Artists and crafters sell everything from pottery and paintings, soap to sculptures, and gourmet food to garden art! While you’re there, stop by the My Greeley table near the gazebo. We’ll be there Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday to 4 p.m. with giveaways and our interactive video booth.
3. Neighborhood Nights is one of Greeley’s most fun summertime rituals and it’s back in 2021. Attend the first event of the season on July 30.  See the movie Rango at East Memorial Park.  The movie begins at dusk, but the fun starts at 7 p.m. with fun family activities. More movies continue through the month of August with Labyrinth at Sanborn Park on the 6th, Croods: A New Age at Anna Gimmestad Park on the 13th, The Sandlot at Farr Park on the 20th, and finally Shrek at Sherwood Park.
4. Take a selfie at the My Greeley photo frame at Sanborn Park that was installed earlier this summer. Learn more about the frame and this fun project.

5. Cool off at Greeley’s pools and splash parks. Open swim is available at the FunPlex daily from noon to 5 p.m. Families can take a spin around the lazy river, children can explore our zero-depth pool and play structures, and everyone over 48-inches tall can take a ride down one of our massive indoor waterslides. Discovery Bay Waterpark located in east Greeley, Features a one-of-a-kind dinosaur play structure custom designed specifically for Greeley. In addition, the waterpark includes a splash pad, zero-depth area, lazy river, a water slide and more. Greeley has two free splash park locations, Island Grove Splash Park, and Sunrise Splash Park.

6. Greeley has more than 1,000 acres of natural areas and over 30 miles of trails waiting for you to explore. Natural areas are places where visitors can connect to nature in an up-close and personal way. Spend the day on a bike touring the Poudre trail. Watch birds and deer along the river. Stroll through a quiet cottonwood forest with your best two or four-legged friends.
7. Greeley has two public golf courses. Highland Hills has over 1,300 trees and undulating terrain, gives every golfer an enjoyable and exciting experience regardless of the playing ability.  Boomerang Links is a links-style championship eighteen-hole golf course with plush fairways, large greens, tall native grasses, and more. Book your tee time at golfingreeley.com.  You can also play mini-golf at the Family FunPlex.

8. There are also opportunities to play disc golf in Greeley at Epple Park, behind the Family FunPlex at the Sheep Draw Trail, and on the University of Northern Colorado west campus.

9. Go fish! Several Greeley parks have opportunities for fishing including Sanborn, Bittersweet, Greeley West, Promontory, Allen, Cottonwood, Josephine Jones parks and more.
10. Play pickleball at our new outdoor courts at Sherwood Park. Pickleball is a paddleball sport that combines badminton, table tennis, and tennis and is gaining popularity within the community.