Get Outdoor Day returns to Colorado Springs Saturday

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is teaming up with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance to celebrate Get Outdoors Day.

The event has been suspended since the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We really missed this opportunity to bring something to the community,” said Carly Kobasiar of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.

The free community event encourages people to try new things and experience nature. People can kayak, paddle, fish, ride a Segway, and more.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

“Colorado Springs is simply an outdoor destination. We have so many great amenities for people enjoying the great outdoors that some people may not have access to,” Kobasiar said.

“People always assume, ‘Oh you’re from an outdoor state, you’ve done this before,’ and actually there are a lot of kids and families who haven’t done this before,” said UpaDowna’s Christina Lorete.

UpdaDown is a non-profit organization based out of Colorado Springs.

“Our whole mission is to get people outdoors, so all of our events are donation-based or free, so we do everything from hiking to stand-up paddle boarding and rock climbing,” Lorete said.

Get Outdoors Day is Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Prospect Lake in Memorial Park.

The first 800 children will receive a free fishing pole thanks to CPW.