Rebuilding Lyons Devastated Parks and Streams one festival at a time.
Lyons, CO: The Oskar Blues Lyons Outdoor Games, presented by Kelty & the Lyons Community Foundation—the first of Lyons’ post-flood summer festivals is slated to be both the biggest 2014 fundraiser for the Town’s parks and recreation department and a huge boost to a local economy recently devastated by the 2013 floods. The Games begin Saturday, May 31, at 8a.m., with BMX riding, pro kayaking, and slacklining all day, plus live music starting at 5:15, including headliner Anders Osborne.
“This event embodies exemplar public–private partnerships with the mutual goal of ‘Rebuilding Lyons Strong,’” explained Tamara Vega Haddad, Lyons’ Chamber of Commerce director. “Since the Lyons Outdoor Games makes most of its sponsorship revenue from private businesses and organizations, these partnerships are key to making the event happen. A side effect is that the Games and its partners will be giving Lyons’ businesses a needed financial shot in the arm.”
It’s not only the Town of Lyons and the Games’ sponsors that will benefit, added Dave Cosgrove, Lyons’ parks and recreation director. “So many local, state, and federal agencies have worked day and night to clean up Lyons and get us ready for the spring runoff,” Cosgrove stated. “The spring runoff is the annual highlight for our local kayakers (who started the Games in ’02) and for the Games. No whitewater, no kayaking events. No parks, no parking or camping. So the Town has really hustled recently to ensure Bohn Park and the Black Bear Hole would be ready.”
“This year it has been more important than ever to ensure we have parking and camping available for visitors,” Cosgrove explained. “We are pleased to announce that we can handle full capacity this year, despite flood damage.”
The Games’ biggest 2014 sponsors include Oskar Blues, Kelty, and the Lyons Community Foundation, whose donations totaled nearly $30K. “These sponsors and the participant profits will go back to the Town, which will use the funds to continue to rebuild our parks,” Vega Haddad added. “As well, House Representative Jonathon Singer will be in attendance to give out the Game awards. What a great cycle of partnership and giving!”
Games begin at 8a.m. Music begins at 5:15. Click here for a detailed schedule.