City launches B.A.M. - The Be Active Movement as part of ...
Monday, July 09, 2012
National Park and Recreation Month
As our community recovers from the Waldo Canyon Fire, the City of Colorado Springs wants to encourage citizens to get out in our community and join in the healing. The new Be Active Movement (B.A.M) is intended to encourage celebration and enjoyment of some of the best things about our city - an outdoor-loving lifestyle full of people who build community together in our abundant parks system.
B.A.M. was an idea conceived by a group of City employees as an off-shoot of a “What If” brainstorming activity coordinated by the Office of Innovation and Sustainability. The goal was to develop a fun promotion that would highlight the City’s abundance of parks and encourage healthy, outdoor lifestyles.
Participating is easy. All citizens have to do is:
- Visit at least one of the more than 140 parks in the City system in July, which is National Park and Recreation Month with family, friends and/or neighbors;
- And take a photo of your group participating in any sort of activity in that park;
- Then upload it to the City’s Facebook page in the B.A.M. photo contest area (upload entries no later than August 2 to be considered in the drawing). Be sure to caption the photo with the name of the park.
Random drawings will award prizes to people and parks, including replacement of any existing streetlights adjacent to the grand-prizing winning park (up to 20) with LED bulbs.
The City is also currently seeking sponsorship with a goal of collecting at least $5,000 to be used towards improvements in the grand-prize winning park and will offer some other prizes from interested partners as well. The LED streetlights are being provided by the Office of Innovation and Sustainability through a grant and will go to the grand-prizing winning park.
The City’s Parks staff will work with the grand-prize winning park submitter to determine the best use of any funds available for improvements. The winner will be announced as part of the pre-festivities downtown at the USA Pro Challenge event on August 24 at approximately 2 p.m. on the main stage.
Photos can be submitted from private parks, but only City parks are eligible for the prize money.
The name of the park must be included when loading the photo to the City’s Facebook page in the B.A.M. Photo Contest area. The City must be able to contact the submitter of the photo via Facebook or email for future communications related to this contest.
Only 1 photo per group per park will be eligible for the drawing, but the same group can submit photos from multiple parks if they choose to and different groups can submit photos from the same park to gain additional entries for that park in the drawing.
The City of Colorado Springs reserves the right to remove any photos deemed offensive at its sole discretion.
The City of Colorado Springs assumes no liability for activities taking place in City parks. Use of a park is at your own risk and the individual is personally liable for any accident or injury.
Send an email (BAM@springsgov.com) or leave a voicemail message on (719) 385-PARK for a call back. If you are interested in being a sponsor of this event, please contact Brian Kates at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 385-7942.