June 2017 Around Town

Parker Area Chamber of Commerce Receives 3 Colorado State 
Chamber Awards

Each year the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives (CCCE) in partnership with the Colorado State Chamber (CACI) hosts their annual state chamber conference for all chambers of commerce in Colorado. On May 4, 2017, the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce was awarded with three Colorado state chamber awards.

The 2017 Best-of-the-Best Colorado state chamber awards presented to the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce include Communications Award, Special Achievement Award, and Colorado Chamber CEO of the Year Award.

Dennis Houston, President and CEO of the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce, said “It is with great humility and appreciation that we proudly accepted these awards on behalf of our amazing chamber team, our board of directors, our business members and the hundreds of incredible volunteers who make things happen every day in Parker.” Houston went on to say ” our Chamber could not accomplish the great things we do without their passion for Parker. It’s an honor to work by their side.”

Susan West, Immediate Past Chair, Parker Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, indicated, “The Parker Area Chamber of Commerce had a vision for what a progressive Chamber could do to impact the quality of life in our community.  What we needed was a visionary leader who could implement and push us to new heights of success. That leader is our CEO – Dennis Houston.”  ParkerChamber.com

Tour de Ladies Women-only Cycling Event Returns to Douglas County

The Tour de Ladies women-only cycling event is excited to return to Douglas County on July 8.  The Tour de Ladies empowers women through pedal power by encouraging women to be physically active, train for the event, and participate at the level they feel comfortable. It also empowers women through the financial contribution of the event’s proceeds to a local nonprofit that primarily serves women – the Crisis Center.

This year the event will begin and end at Parker’s Fieldhouse – a premier athletic event venue in Douglas County. The route, which will be fully supported with “SAG in drag” (men in skirts to help change flat tires and provide other on-course assistance) and aid stations, features options of 13 miles (new), 30 miles and a 62.5 mile metric century for cyclists of all levels.

“Tour de Ladies welcomes women who are new to cycling and those who ride regularly,” said Jon Tarkington, director of this year’s Tour de Ladies event.  “We added a shorter course this year to encourage more women to participate, especially those who are doing their first organized bicycling event. The three courses offer manageable challenges that past participants have given rave reviews for scenery, signage and on-course support. We’re excited to support the Crisis Center for the fifth year, with proceeds and additional donations going to help their work toward a world free of violence.”

Last year’s Tour de Ladies event had 465 registered riders and raised more than $15,000 for the Crisis Center, which provides programs and services to domestic violence victims. Organizers expect to surpass the participation rate and fundraising this year.

“It really takes organizations like Tour de Ladies to assist us and be a part of the fight against domestic violence to help us achieve our mission,” said Jennifer Walker, Executive Director of the Crisis Center. “We need this kind of support to build a strong, safe and healthy community.”

Tour de Ladies is a nonprofit, and is a fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation. For race details visit, TourDeLadies.com

Keystone Resort kicks off Daily Summer Mountain Operations

Keystone Resort kicks off daily summer mountain operations on Friday, June 9 at 10 a.m. Keystone Resort’s summer season provides a laid-back environment that is full of adventures with fewer crowds, allowing guests to enjoy authentic mountain experiences at a pace they dictate. Sitting at 9,280 feet elevation in Summit County, Colo. and just a short, scenic drive from Denver, Keystone is the ultimate location for families to enjoy mountaintop hiking, golfing, downhill mountain biking, horseback riding, lake activities, special events and lodging rates that begin at $99 a night.

Keystone’s signature daily Kidtopia programming provides families with a variety of activities and adventures that are free throughout the entire summer. From June 9 to Sept. 3, Kidtopia offerings such as nature hikes, kite building workshops and Wild West nights allow families to enjoy creative experiences that provide added ways to enjoy the resort. Additionally, special events such as the Strider Bike Series and Kidtopia Discovery Days provide free outdoor entertainment in the heart of Keystone’s River Run Village on select dates.

Even after the close of the ski and snowboard season at Keystone, guests can still get their adrenaline fix this summer at the Adventure Point tubing hill, where a not-so-secret stash of snow awaits. Situated at 11,640-feet elevation atop Dercum Mountain, Keystone boasts the only summer snow tubing operation in Colorado held on actual snow. Guests can zip down multiple tubing lanes, without all the winter apparel, and enjoy conveyor-lift access back to the top.

The Keystone Bike Park features 55 lift-serviced singletrack mountain biking trails, with progressive terrain welcoming riders of all ability levels. With a dedicated trail crew, the Bike Park will feature a variety of new upgrades and additions, including new features, re-worked trails, increased bike haul capacity and a free skills park to promote progression. The Keystone Bike Academy caters to riders of all levels with beginner clinics, private lessons, downhill guides and a new camp designed just for kids.

Stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, lakeside bicycle rides, whichever the mode of transportation the Keystone Lake presents a picturesque mountain setting. Located in Lakeside Village, the Keystone Adventure Center provides boat and bike rentals, arcade games, beach toys, snacks and a bar.

Summers have become the season of festivals, and this certainly holds true at Keystone Resort. Guests can pair the multitude of available mountain adventures with a signature festival or event for an affordable and unique way to complement any summer stay at the resort. Summer festivals include the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour (June 24-25); Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival (July 15-16); River Run Village Art Festival (July 29-30); Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival (Aug. 5-6); Mountain Town Music Festival (Aug. 18-19); Keystone Oktoberfest (Sept. 2) and Taste of Keystone (Sept. 3). KeystoneResort.com