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Small Town Feel
I live in Parker, Colorado which is a town of about fifty-five thousand people. That is far more than what is considered a small town and is, in fact, more than double the population of my home town of Superior, Wisconsin. Maybe it’s the friendliness of its people, or maybe it’s the physical smallness of downtown, but there is just a small town feeling in Parker. Anywhere I go, there seems to be someone I know. And maybe that’s because I have lived here on and off for about fifteen years and worked in highly trafficked places. Nonetheless, I know so many people in this town, but haven’t gotten very involved in my own community.
Becoming More Involved
I feel like I see things going on weekly in O’Brien Park, a park just off Main Street. I usually would pass by on the way to work and just wonder what was going on. So, I figure it’s time to actually go to something! First, I need to be more aware of what is actually going on. Second, I need to make my schedule more conducive to actually be able to go to weekend events. And, third, I need to actually go!
One thing I was super bummed I missed this year is called Barker Days which is a spin on Parker Days (our town carnival/festival we have every summer). Barker Days happens at the end of the summer at the H2O’Brien Pool which is an off leash dog event where dogs get to swim and play in the parks off leash. They have vendors there and make a whole event out of it. I didn’t even know about this until this year when I got a puppy; hence, why I am sad I missed the event. I want my precious pup to have as many fun experiences as possible, and it’s not just me missing out on things. It made me realize how much more I want to be aware of what is going on in the community and actually go to these events!
I can’t wait to experience all of what my community has to offer and be present at these events!
What small town events does your town have? Let me know in the comments!
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