PARKS & RECREATION ROUNDUP
APRIL 7, 2020
Welcome to the Parks & Recreation Roundup, a bi-monthly publication aimed at
keeping the community informed on our programs, events, and partnerships
DEPARTMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Howelsen Hill Spring Clean-Up
After what could be considered the longest season in Howelsen Hill's 104-year history, crews have begun spring clean-up, snow mitigation and closure operations. In an ongoing effort to prevent soil saturation and landslides, crews will be pushing snow off of the Face and Terrain Park this week. Nordic grooming operations on the Bluffs Loop have ended for the season, but crews will continue to groom Emerald Meadows.
Activity Kits & Daily Challenges
The Youth Activity Kits were distributed last Friday in conjunction with the SSSD Brown Bag Lunch Program. The kits were such a success, that we ended up running out! Staff is busy making new kits that will be distributed this coming Friday, April 10 at each of the distribution locations that we missed. Don't forget to visit us on the Parks & Recreation Facebook page for fun daily activity challenges you can do at home!
Spring Median Clean-Up
With fewer cars on the roads over the next few weeks, city crews will be using the time to clean the landscaped medians along U.S. Highway 40 from downtown to the west side of town, as well as the Mount Werner Road medians and traffic circles. Work began on Monday, April 6, and will continue through the week of April 13, weather permitting. Please slow down and drive safely through project work zones.
Botanic Park Blossoms
The snow is melting and the flowers are beginning to blossom at the Yampa River Botanic Park. The park is scheduled to open May 1, weather and stay-at-home orders permitting, but you can experience the park now by visiting their new social media pages on Facebook and Instagram. Check in daily for the latest updates and information, how-to videos, beautiful flower photos, gardening tips and more!
Tips for Social Distancing
The spread of COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives. Although many of our public places have closed, outdoor spaces remain open. As we seek solace and health in the outdoors, it is important that we protect the health of all our neighbors. Visit the link below for a helpful list of important social distancing tips and practices that everyone should follow when recreating outside in our locals parks and on public trails.
DEPARTMENT COVID-19 UPDATES
With so many of our facilities and programs shut down due to COVID-19, you may be wondering what we've been up to the past few weeks. During these ever-changing times, the Steamboat Springs Parks & Recreation Department is working to maintain services, at the highest levels, and in the safest manner possible. Our staff continues to work tirelessly both at home and in the field, to support our communities' physical and mental health, by providing a wide range of outdoor and recreational opportunities. Staff performing these duties are adhering to all current local and state orders, including wearing face protection and maintaining proper social distancing.

  • Howelsen Hill - Staff continues to provide Nordic grooming for outdoor recreation and will begin spring clean-up, snow mitigation and closure operations this week.
  • Howelsen Ice Arena - Standard spring maintenance and cleaning is ongoing, including removal and replacement of the ice sheet. Staff has also been assisting the parks crews with spring trash and scoria clean-up, and assisting the Tennis Center with ongoing maintenance and cleaning during the closure.
  • Youth Programs - Staff has been busy creating Youth Activity Kits that are being distributed weekly along with the SSSD Brown Bag Lunch Program. In addition, employees have been working to set up a childcare site at the Howelsen Hill Lodge and will be offering limited childcare services to essential city staff as needed.
  • Parks, Trails & Open Space - Staff has been busier than ever making daily rounds to each of our parks and trails to sanitize and empty trash cans. Standard spring cleaning and maintenance is ongoing, and scoria clean-up along the Highway 40 medians and Mountain Werner Road medians and traffic circles begins this week.
  • Yampa River Botanic Park - The snow is melting, the flowers are blooming, and our favorite Osprey family is back. The park will hopefully open for the season on May 1 and crews are busy preparing for a busy summer season.
  • Haymaker Golf Course - Spring course and clubhouse maintenance is ongoing. Planning continues for the 2020 season and staff is optimistic that the course will be able to open in May, weather and stay-at-home orders permitting.

We will continue to support the community through recreation during these difficult times, and look forward to seeing all of you (in person) again soon!
COVID-19 INFORMATION & RESOURCES
A special COVID-19 page has been created on our website to help you navigate through these uncertain times. The page contains key information about the disease, as well as, Routt County and City of Steamboat Springs press releases, executive orders, emergency hotline numbers, and important contact information.

Visit the City of Steamboat Springs website by clicking on the button below for current information, updates and a list of resources related to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
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Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
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