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City Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department celebrates Worldwide Day of Play
Friday, October 05, 2012

On Saturday, October 6, Nickelodeon will host its 9thAnnual Worldwide Day of Play - an event that encourages millions of kids around the globe to "Get Up, Get Out and Go Play!" 

Worldwide Day of Play is the centerpiece of The Big Help, Nickelodeon's long-term campaign to empower kids and families with tools and information to take action on issues they care about.  On that day, Nickelodeon goes completely 'dark' all afternoon, suspending programming across its channels and websites.  In all 50 states and in 13 countries, including U.S. military bases around the globe, kids and families celebrate Worldwide Day of Play

Through our partnership with Worldwide Day of Play, the City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department showcases our efforts for long-term, sustainable, and holistic approaches to fighting childhood obesity on all fronts. Karen Palus, Director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services, will read the Worldwide Day of Play proclamation at the Great Pumpkin Race on Saturday, October 6.

Activities occurring on this day include:

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

Open to boys and girls ages 14-18, October 6; check-in starts at 10 a.m. at Deerfield Hills Community Center outdoor basketball court. $5 per person or $15 per team. Advance registration required.

Deerfield Hills Community Center
4290 Deerfield Hills Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80916


6thAnnual Great Pumpkin Race 5K or 10K

The PR&CS Community Centers through the Bedrock Trail series help host the 6thAnnual Great Pumpkin Race 5K or 10K at Venetucci Farm as well as the Little Pumpkin Fun Run (400m or 800 m)for ages 10 and younger. Race is limited to 600 runners. 8:30 a.m.

Meadows Park Community Center
1943 South El Paso
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Activity Contact:
Brian Kates; 719-385-7942


Sertich Ice Center hosts Learn-to-Skate figure and hockey classes, Public Skate time, Youth hockey games, Tim Thomas Hockey Skills and Drills, Sticks N Pucks public hockey and Cheapskate Night throughout their hours of operation on October 6.

Sertich Ice Center
1705 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80909


Fall Learn to Skate and Hockey students

7:00 to 11:15 a.m.

25 classes offered

100 students | 150 spectators

Public Skate

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Est. attendance: 125

Est. spectators: 25

2 Birthday parties

Tim Thomas Skills and Drills

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

25 students

15 spectators

U18 Miners game

3:45 to 5:30 p.m.

50 players

100 spectators

Stix-N-Pux public hockey

5:45 to 6:45 p.m.

Est. attendance: 40

Est. spectators: 20

CheapSkate Night

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Est. attendance: 50

Est. spectators: 25


Tiger Rock Taekwondo

Agility Test and Obstacle Course.  Open to Ages 5-15 years.  Saturday, October 6, 8:15 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Hillside Community Center. 

Hillside Community Center
925 South Institute
Colorado Springs, CO 80903


Youth Tackle Football

Registered ages: 9-14 broken into 5 tackle divisions.  Games are played 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Memorial Park.  2,000 participants, 200 volunteer coaches and 5,000 estimated attendance.   

In addition, our Community Programs Youth Cheerleading program (26 participants ranging in age from 8-14 years) roots on the teams throughout the day.

Sports Office
1315 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Football Activity Contact:
Gerry Strabala; 719-385-6008

 Cheerleading Activity Contact:
Chris Brownlow; 719-385-6005


October 6, 2012

WHEREAS,   on behalf of the City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department, we join Nickelodeon, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and the National Park Foundation in celebrating Worldwide Day of Play and in ensuring that today’s generation of kids becomes one of the healthiest; and

WHEREAS,   part of Nickelodeon’s international, grassroots effort is to get kids more physically active and to encourage positive, healthy, and playful lifestyles across the globe, thus Worldwide Day of Play is a fun event to empower our youth; and

WHEREAS,   the rates of childhood obesity continue to rise at alarming rates; and

WHEREAS,   today’s children and adults don’t get as much physical activity as they should; and

WHEREAS,   nutritious diets and physical activity are an important component to living a healthy lifestyle and reducing disease; and

WHEREAS,   the City of Colorado Springs Parks Recreation and Cultural Services Department is committed to working to support kids in becoming the healthiest generation.

NOW, THEREFORE,   I, Scott Hente, President of the Colorado Springs City Council, do hereby proclaim Saturday, October 6, 2012 as  WORLDWIDE DAY OF PLAY in Colorado Springs and urge all citizens to join me in recognizing all those associated with making this endeavor a reality, and wishing them all the very best in the future.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the City of Colorado Springs to be affixed this 6thday of October, 2012.

Scott Hente
President, City Council