The staff at Pueblo Plaza Ice Arena plans to install a laser light show in late 2010 or early 2011. That light show should attract high school and college students to public skating sessions on Friday and Saturday nights.
It is one of several citywide recreational activities that are being planned or are already in place throughout Pueblo.
“The arena is open year-round and offers public skating sessions, learn-to-skate classes, youth and adult hockey leagues, broomball and curling,” says Creighton Wright, director of parks and recreation for the City of Pueblo. “Not a lot of people know about everything that our beautiful arena offers, but the word is getting out more and more.”
Additional lesser-known recreational gems in Pueblo are as follows:
City Park Disc Golf Course
This 18-hole course is in the northwestern corner of City Park. It opened in 1999 and is the third-oldest disc course in the nation. City Park Disc Golf Course is open year-round from dawn to dusk, and there is no charge to play.
“The course is challenging with elevation changes, trees and other obstacles,” Wright says. “It is a registered member of the Professional Disc Golf Association and has hosted the Colorado Disc Golf Championship. There could be 100 to 300 people playing the game at City Park on a given afternoon or weekend.”
City Bark at City Park
The 2 1/2-acre park opened in 2008 and the facility has already won awards for its design. It features a water fountain, tables and benches, and is located at the west end of City Park between the two softball fields.
“City Bark is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and dogs can run free once they are inside the fence,” Wright says. “It’s a great place for both the dogs and their owners.”
This Pueblo County-run ballpark is just east of Interstate 25 off the Santa Fe exit, north of Runyon Lake. There are two high school-sized baseball fields and two junior-sized baseball diamonds.
“Runyon Field was established in 1938 and Babe Ruth played an exhibition game at the park that year,” Wright says. “It is named in honor of former Pueblo resident and noted newspaperman Damon Runyon, and continues to be a great baseball destination and sports gem for our community.”
At City Park across from the main entrance to Pueblo Zoo, a Kiddie Rides attraction is open to all residents and visitors, and is one of the best family values in the city.
“There are 12 rides for little kids, and the two favorite rides are a carousel and a train,” Wright says.
“The carousel dates back to 1911 and costs 50 cents to ride, and the train goes around Horseshoe Lake and also costs 50 cents. All other rides are 25 cents, so a family can have an enjoyable afternoon or evening for around $10. It’s one of the lesser-known recreation gems in Pueblo that help make this city such a nice place to live.”
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