Parks, Recreation, & Open Space Department Newsletter - June 2019
The 4th of July Festival is Coming! Downhill Mile, Parade, Pancakes & Kickball Tournament!
“Land That I Love” is this year’s theme to Superior’s 4th of July Parade and Pancake Festival. The parade will feature over 30 floats, a marching band, decorated cars and dancers. Join friends and neighbors in Community Park after this traditional parade for pancakes, live music and a kids play zone. The parade starts at 8:30 a.m. after the Downhill Mile race on Rock Creek Parkway, and pancakes are served at 9:00 a.m. Thank you to our sponsors, Birch Benders and Avista Adventist Hospital.  Visit our website for race registration, float sign-ups, volunteer opportunities and information on the family Kickball Tournament.  
Community Pollinator Project, June 22
Come out for this family friendly project to help refresh flower beds in town with pollinator-friendly plants and flowers. Get ready to get dirty, have fun and support our environment. Saturday, June 22, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Purple Park (1310 S Pitkin Ave.)
Email Kevin Colón at kevinc@superiorcolorado.gov
to sign up for this volunteer event.
North and South Pools Open for the Season
Get your sunscreen, floaties and goggles ready--It's pool time in Superior! Both North and South Pool are now open for the 2019 summer season. Use the link below to find out about all that is going on in aquatics including pool access, pool schedule, programs, classes and Flyers swim meet information. It's going to be a splash this summer!
Use the following link for registration. Type "skate" in the search field.
Participate in National Get Outdoors Day
National Get Outdoors Day
National Get Outdoors Day is an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. T he Town of Superior Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department invites everyone to get out and enjoy one of your local Superior Parks June 8 !
Find more fun outdoor opportunities at http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org/
Ultimate Disc is an exciting non-contact team sport that mixes elements from soccer and football into a high-energy game. The camp will be coached by elite club players and coaches. Learn, play and have fun with Ultimate!  Participants will receive a free disc.
Community Park
Raptors Reign in Superior's Skies by V anessa Hetzel
Red-Tailed Hawks at home in Autrey Park. Bald Eagles soaring over Coalton Trailhead. Juvenile Great Horned Owls learning to fly near Community Park. Superior is home to many types of raptors and is also a great place to see them!

Raptors include hawks, eagles, owls and falcons. Those found in Superior are often large birds but some can be just larger than a Jay. All raptors are agile predators with keen vision, sharp talons or toes and strong hooked beaks. 

The most common raptor in Colorado and Superior is the Red-Tailed Hawk. The largest hawk, they have rounded, rusty red tails and more than 90% of their diet is rodents. You are likely to see them perched up high on a pole or traffic signal along McCaslin, at the tip top of a tree near Autry Park or cruising a greenbelt in Rock Creek.  

Superior is also home to several Great Horned Owls. They are the largest and most common owl in the US and Colorado. However, in Superior you are more likely to hear them at night hooting from a rooftop than see them. Great Horned Owls are usually on the move hunting at night and are well camouflaged resting in mature trees along Superior’s creeks during the day. If you are lucky enough to spot one, they are easily recognizable by large feathers that look like ears sticking up on top of their heads. 

Other raptors commonly seen in Superior include: American Kestrels, Sharp-Shinned Hawks and Cooper’s Hawks. Less common but still seen within Superior are Bald Eagles, Broad-Winged Hawks, Northern Harriers and Burrowing Owls.

Thanks to the staff of Superior Parks, Recreation and Open Space, the Superior Board of Trustees and the Superior Open Space Advisory Committee, a dedicated group of bird and wildlife enthusiasts who now volunteer to keep an eye on Superior’s raptors. The Superior Raptor Monitoring Program is modeled after Boulder’s nationally recognized program and is helping us learn where in Superior raptors like to nest and search for food. With this information, we can better understand what species make Superior their home and help these birds thrive.

Don't Miss Out on these Exciting Programs
-- Click on any part of the program below to register --
The Town currently has the following Advisory Group vacancies:

* Advisory Committee for Environmental Sustainability (ACES) - 1
* Cultural Arts and Public Spaces Advisory Committee (CAPS) - 1
* Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC) - 1
* Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Advisory Committee (PROSTAC) - 1

For more detailed information about each Advisory Group check out the new Advisory Group Web Page . To apply to serve on an Advisory Group, use the new and improved Application Process.

If you have questions please contact Karen Snortland , Committee Coordinator, at karens@superiorcolorado.gov  

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