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Broomfield officials encourage residents to keep it local this Memorial Day weekend

Local trails and art walks highlighted as activities to celebrate in step with safer-at-home guidelilnes

Julie Culp and her granddaughter, Sydalee, stop to admire a sculpture as they stroll through  the sculpture trail at Broomfield County Commons in March. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)
Julie Culp and her granddaughter, Sydalee, stop to admire a sculpture as they stroll through the sculpture trail at Broomfield County Commons in March. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

For some families, Memorial Day might not be the same this year as COVID-19 restrictions keep gatherings small and travel to a minimum, but Broomfield officials are reminding residents there’s still a chance to get out and do something.

The Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum’s annual Memorial Day celebration and picnic won’t be held this year, and other nearby traditions such as the Bolder Boulder, also are off. And while some campgrounds are open, it is not recommended to take a “Colorado vacation,” Broomfield officials stated last week in a daily COVID-19 email update. The state’s safer-at-home order asks that people stay at home as much as possible and to recreate locally.

“If you have to leave Broomfield, please use extra caution to minimize interactions with a new community, like stopping at a gas station or using a grocery store except for emergency situations,” the update states.

“Memorial Day is our traditional kickoff to summer and we want Broomfielders to enjoy that as safely as possible,” Public Health Director Jason Vahling said. “I encourage you stay within 10 miles for recreation, keep up with the physical distancing as you hike or bike, and wash your hands as much as possible. Some campgrounds are open, so please enjoy the offerings of Colorado responsibly.”

Kristan Pritz, director of Open Space and Trails Director, said “Memorial Day weekend is such an important holiday. Enjoy your open space by taking time to walk along one of Broomfield’s many trails to experience some of nature’s music — a coyote howl, a great horned owl’s hoot, or a prairie dog’s chirp. These sounds have a unique way of sparking positive feelings. Please take out any trash you may have to minimize impact on maintenance services and practice best COVID outside practices, such as social distancing.”

In addition to having miles of trails, paths and open space to explore, the city also has venues in which to take an artful walk.

Walk in the Art, an approximately 1-mile route around Broomfield Community Park that takes about 45 minutes to traverse, offers a chance to get outside and enjoy artwork that is part of the Art for Awhile program. The on-loan program created by the Broomfield Public Art Committee and sponsored by the city and county selects artists to display their art and offer it for sale for a year. Those pieces can be seen at the 1stBank Center, North Metro Fire Rescue District Headquarters, the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library and the Broomfield Auditorium.

There also is a sculpture trail at Broomfield County Commons.

Broomfield officials also suggest people tune into the National Memorial Day Concert for a tribute that honors America’s servicemen and women. It will be aired from 8 to 9:30 p.m. today on PBS.

Other suggested stay-at-home activities can be found on the city’s website.

Another event that typically comes on the heels of Memorial Day celebrations also is scratched this year.

Broomfield spokeswoman Carolyn Romero said the city and county will not host an annual kickoff for the Broomfield 100. Typically the event, which includes booths and a social gathering, is held the first Saturday in June to coincide with National Trails Day. Each year the event is at a different place to highlight Broomfield’s various trails and parks.

The Broomfield 100 encourages residents to visit local trails and record their treks in a Summer Passport. Participants earn 100 points to complete the challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to promote outdoor exercise, healthy living and to learn more about Broomfield’s trail system, according to the city.

Learn more

For more information, including artist names and descriptions, on the Art for Awhile program, visit

For more information on the sculpture trail at County Commons, visit

For more suggestions on safer-at-home activities, including links to which outdoor amenities are open, recommendations on trails and open space, visit

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