For Immediate Release February 17, 2012
Staff Contact: Dan Wolford, Manager of Parks, Open Space and Greenways,
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Registration Begins for Fishing Program
FEBRUARY 17, 2012 - Children 15 years and younger are invited to sign up early for the 10th annual Chick Clark Kids Fishing Program Spring Kickoff scheduled for Saturday, March 24, at Izaak Walton Park 18 S. Sunset St. The day includes a free kids’ fishing clinic, free hot dogs for all, and free fishing for kids. Parents must register their children prior to the event at 303-651-8446, beginning February 20. Children who are not preregistered still can participate in the fishing clinic and free fishing but cannot be guaranteed a pole. Groups are welcome, but sign up early.
The clinic and fishing begin at 8 am. Parking is limited so car pooling is encouraged.
The Chick Clark fishing program provides a special place for the youth of our community to catch fish, participate in fun outdoor activities during spring break, and have a place of their own to fish year round. This program is hosted by the City of Longmont’s Open Space Division and the nonprofit Kids Fishing, Inc., with assistance from the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Program sponsors include:
- City of Longmont
* Kid Fishing Inc
* Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife
* Longmont Breakfast Optimists
* Bennett's Tackle Shop of Berthoud
* other local business throughout the community
The Colorado Division of Wildlife will provide free rods and reels to youth who register early and complete the free fishing clinic put on by Bennett’s Tackle Shop of Berthoud.
The 15.7 acre pond at Izaak Walton Park is managed as a recreational fishery for the exclusive use of children 15 and younger. Adults are encouraged to help kids fish but must preserve the fishing just for children. Kids may use live bait and keep the fish they catch up to the state limit for each species.