From pools to tourist traps: a guide to summer activities
Last updated 5/26/2021 at 9:34am
Many people are wondering which attractions and events that were closed or cancelled last year due to COVID-19 will be back this summer. Good news: Most favorites will be back.
In this issue you'll find lots of ideas for excursions close to home, as well as ideas for vacation planning. There are articles updating you on favorite events, such as Thunder in the Valley Car Show in July and happenings at Pikes Peak International Raceway all summer, including the Hot Rod Rock and Rumble.
Starting close to home with news for families with kids, pools and splash pads are nearly ready for action. The splash pad at Aga Park in Fountain is slated to open this Friday, May 28, and will be open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. through Labor Day. The city also plans to turn on the fountain in front of City Hall for passersby to enjoy, but that is subject to change.
At Widefield Parks and Recreation, crews have been renovating the pools and are hoping to open outdoor shallow pools and the splash pad in June; the indoor pool for swimming and diving is open year-round.
The Fountain Valley YMCA is getting ready to open in its new facilities near Fountain Middle School, and officials say they hope to have an update soon.
The Security Fire Department, which hosts a Fourth of July pancake breakfast for the community every year in a tradition dating back to 1976, anticipates being able to bring back that event after last year's cancellation. Volunteers host this event to raise money for their training, equipment, and gear.
The local farmers' market - Fountain Community Market at Metcalfe Park - is set to begin Saturday, June 26, and will run every Saturday through Oct. 2, from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The market has already filled all vendor spaces for this year, which will include fresh produce, baked goods, arts and crafts, entertainment and much more.
Perhaps the most highly anticipated event for Fountain residents each year is the Fountain Fall Festival, which is 2019 celebrated its 50th anniversary. The cancellation of this event in 2020 was a disappointment to the thousands of people who attend the parade through Olde Town Fountain and the festival at Metcalfe Park.
The Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce is planning to bring the festival back for Labor Day weekend as usual, and planning is in full force.
"Although there is some uncertainty as to what COVID-19 restrictions may be in place by Labor Day (if any), we are moving forward with the traditional plans and preparations for this event with some modifications in mind should they be necessary to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone," Tom Downing said.
The chamber expects to have updates and vendor registration on its website, fountainvalleychamber.com, beginning June 1.
For residents wanting a day trip or regional excursion, most attractions have reopened either partially or fully. Easy trips within an hour or two from Fountain include the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, with activities for all ages; Cave of the Winds; Santa's Workshop North Pole in Cascade; the Ghost Town Museum in Colorado Springs; and, of course, many outdoor attractions such as Garden of the Gods, the Paint Mines, the county's regional parks and nature centers, and much more.
The Fountain Valley News will continue to update readers on future events in the area as details develop.
For more ideas, see visitcos.com, or stop by the Colorado Springs Visitor Information Center, 515 S. Cascade Ave., or call 635-7506.