Strong turnout for 1st ‘Great Parks’

       An estimated 1,100 people attended the first-time Great Parks Festival Sept. 24 in El Paso County's Bear Creek Regional Park. During the four-hour span, activities such as music, demonstrations, sports clinics, nature walks and gardening presentations were happening on either side of 21st Street, with canine- related doings at the Dog Park.

Breck Scott (right) enjoys holding a chicken, to the amusement of Nolan Diges, in the petting zoo that was set up for the Great Parks Festival in Bear Creek Regional Park Sept. 24. The event included activities on both sides of 21st Street, including the Dog Park to demonstrate park offerings.
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       “People who attended had favorable comments: 'This is a great park.' 'I haven't been to this park in years,' and so forth,” said Susan Davies, executive director of the Trails and Open Space Coalition. The nonprofit had planned the event with County Parks largely to give the public a fuller idea of offerings available in the parks. “We were able to talk to folks about volunteer opportunities and recreational options. I think people had a good time, loved the cost (free), and left with a good feel for their park system.”
       Another “real plus” for the event, Davies said, was the presence of a herd of about 100 weed-eating goats from Wyoming, which had been contracted by the Bear Creek Garden Association to tackle toxic weeds in the area of the nonprofit's organic garden in the Regional Park east of 21st.

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