El Paso County wants the community to "friend" the county's parks, starting with Fountain Creek Regional Park.
A meeting to organize a Friends of Fountain Creek Regional Park will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 25 at the Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain.
It's part of a trend to get the community to step up and participate in keeping the county's parks in good shape. In March, an El Paso County Fairgrounds friends organizational meeting was held. In May, the county will rally support for Bear Creek Regional Park on the city's southwest side, and in June, for Fox Run Regional Park in the north part of the county, says Dana Nordstrom, community outreach coordinator for county parks.
"What we're trying to do is multiply our presence in our community," she says. "In the past I don't think there's been a way for people to say, 'Hey, I want to do this in our parks,' and connect them with a park supervisor.
"For a friends group to really take hold," she continues, "there's gotta be community buy-in and a desire for a community to do something in their park. I can rally and say, 'We would love to do this,' but if there's not a part of the community that wants to do that, there's not much we can do."
So, if you're interested, show up at the April 25 meeting for Fountain Creek Regional Park. For more information about that or subsequent organizational meetings, contact Nordstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 520-6983.