With 50 days left in 2020, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department in partnership with El Paso County Parks and Recreation, launched a checklist that highlights 50 socially-distanced ways to enjoy local park and recreation locations and activities through Dec. 31. The 50 days, 50 ways checklist challenges community members to focus on their physical and mental well-being by getting outdoors, trying new things and learning more about our community.
“We’ve all had to be more creative in finding new ways to exercise both our bodies and minds this year, and I believe our park system has played a vital role in helping to serve that need,” said Karen Palus, Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services director. “The 50 days, 50 ways challenge provides socially-distanced activities that can still be enjoyed here locally as we approach the new year. As you check activities off the list, we encourage you to practice the small acts necessary to keep our community safe, like staying home when you’re sick, wearing a mask when you’re near others and practicing good personal hygiene.”
The checklist includes activities like:
- Take a creek-side nature walk in Sondermann Park where you can learn more about the Fountain Creek watershed.
- Walk or run around Prospect Lake (1.24 miles).
- Discover the prehistoric history of Colorado Springs and the groundbreaking 2019 discovery of fossils in Corral Bluffs Open Space by watching this documentary.
- Explore nine miles of new trails by foot, by bike or on horseback at the recently-opened Pineries Open Space in Black Forest.
Download the full checklist at ColoradoSprings.gov/50Days50Ways and share your adventures on social media using #50Days50Ways.