For Immediate Release October 8, 2013
Rigo Leal, Public Information Officer, 303-651-8840
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Longmont Welcomes Community Back to Public Parks
October 8, 2013 - The Longmont community is invited to join Longmont City Council and staff at three neighborhood events to mark the reopening of the several parks and trails that were closed by the flood water that raged through Longmont in September.
Beginning at noon on Saturday, October 12, the City will host small block parties under the permanent pavilions at three parks near damaged neighborhoods including Southmoor Park, the Greens, Champion Greens and the Valley neighborhood. Join us at these locations:
Kanemoto Park, west end pavilion, Missouri and South Pratt Parkway (the pavilion is on Lefthand Drive near Holly Avenue)
Valley Park, 28 Troxel
Lefthand Creek Park, east end pavilion, 1800 Creekside Drive
Community members can help themselves to free hot dogs, chips and refreshments at these parks, and share stories of survival, recovery and hope with City Council members. The neighborhood leadership groups in each area would also like to invite and recognize Longmont’s first responders and City staff that helped with the emergency response and now the enormous task of recovery.
Several Longmont parks and trails that were closed because they were flooded last month are open again. That list includes
- Lefthand Park
- Dry Creek Greenway
Golden Ponds (partial)
Kanemoto Park (partial)
St. Vrain Greenway – some of the area between Main and S. Pratt (underpasses are not available)
St. Vrain Greenway from Harvest Junction east to intersection with Lefthand Greenway
Lefthand Greenway from St. Vrain Greenway south to Quail Campus (Longmont Recreation Center)
Izaak Walton (partial)
- Twin Peaks Golf Course
- Valley Park (will open on Thursday, October 10)
“In many spots, these are just partial openings, but it is a good first sign of recovery in many areas of the city,” Longmont Public Information Officer Rigo Leal said.“However, the public should remain cautious and respect the several areas that are restricted by temporary fencing, as they are severely damaged and unsafe for public use.”
Please take this opportunity to reconnect as friends and neighbors, and to recognize and honor the recovery that the Longmont community is starting to experience. Longmont: We are Strong, We Belong.