Garden parade wants you Oct. 17

       A “Parade to the Park” Saturday morning, Oct. 17 will climax a year of events celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Perkins' family's gift to Colorado Springs of the Garden of the Gods.
       According to Jeanne McElderry of the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, anyone is welcome to join the informal procession that will start from the center's parking lot, 1805 N. 30 St., at 9 a.m. The parade route will follow Gateway Road to Juniper Way loop and up to the North Gateway Rock, where the existing plaque commemorating the gift is to be rededicated at 10 a.m.
       Scheduled speakers are Mayor Lionel Rivera and City Parks Cultural Director Matt Mayberry. Ute Indian tribe members have also been invited to participate, and the Howbert Elementary School choir “will sing two patriotic songs,” according to McElderry.
       Afterward, all event participants “are invited to sign a proclamation in re-dedication of the next 100 years of our beautiful site,” she said. The theme is “from the past to the present for the future.”
       The parade idea came about as Garden supporters thought about ways to climax the 100th year as it neared the actual 'gift' date of Dec. 22. Deciding the weather would be too iffy then, the Oct. 17 date was decided on, McElderry explained.
       Although the parade will be informal, any entities who are active in the Garden (such as rock climbers, trail volunteers, fire rescue teams or scout troops) are invited to organize groups for the parade, she added. For more information, call McElderry at 219-0198.

Westside Pioneer/press release