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Fireworks Display-Stanley Park Alcohol Free Family Viewing

fireworksBy: Stan Gengler, Executive Director
Estes Valley Recreation & Park District

The Town of Estes Park Special Events Department, along with the American Legion, put on a great July 4th fireworks display. The staging area for the fireworks display is near the point where the Big Thompson River enters Lake Estes.

The day-use areas around Lake Estes are used heavily throughout the weekend, and by the evening of the fireworks display there are literally thousands of people that crowd the area.

A fireworks viewing area has been created in Stanley Park to support a nice place for families to come and enjoy the day in the park and watch the fireworks display from the ball fields.  In a cooperative venture with the Police Department, an alcohol-free family zone is created for day activities and fireworks viewing in Stanley Park.
The Estes Park Police Department uses the Youth Center in Stanley Park as a central staging area to organize security personnel for the day.

In addition, they provide assistance to the family alcohol-free zone in Stanley Park.
Extra port-johns and trash receptacles are brought into Stanley Park for the additional crowds. Family members, particularly smaller children, can get restless waiting for the fireworks.  At Stanley Park, youth can burn that extra energy before the fireworks by running in the grass or playing on the new playground equipment. Another good idea would be to bring a blanket and have an evening picnic in the park. Set your lawn chairs on the grass at the ball fields and relax and enjoy the fireworks display.

As I said earlier, the fireworks staging area is just east of the bridge on the north side of Lake Estes. A section of Lake Estes Trail is closed on July 4th as a buffer zone for the fireworks staging area. The parking lot at the end of Lakefront Street near the lake (Fisherman’s Nook) will be closed as well.

Lake Estes Trail is closed from the handicap fishing pier on the east, through the parking lot at Lakefront Street, and past the bridge on the west.  This section of trail will be closed the entire day July 4th and will reopen on July 5th. If you go for a walk on Lake Estes Trail on July 4th, walk on the south side of Lake Estes through Cherokee Draw and along the causeway.  Remember that you cannot walk entirely around the lake… you need to walk to a certain spot and return to your origin on the same pathway.

As you can probably imagine, large crowds also means large trash and cleanup. Extra dumpsters and trash cans are available at both Stanley Park and the day-use areas around Lake Estes.  Staff is dedicated to continuous cleanup all day on July 4th. Extra trash bags are tied to the handles of trash cans. On the morning of July 5th, our entire staff is dedicated to cleaning and by mid-day, we are usually caught up.

The July 4th fireworks display is a great event for our community.  It’s a holiday to express our freedom and enjoy the independence that has been given to us by our forefathers and service men and women. Have a safe and enjoyable July 4th weekend.

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