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5 Must-Try Activities at North Boulder Park This January

When you live in a place like Boulder, Colorado, heading to the park for some outdoor fun is a fantastic idea no matter what time of year it is. Even in the winter, warm, sunny days often grace us with a reprieve from colder weather. Newly renovated in 2013, North Boulder Park offers plenty of space for activities and a variety of amenities, including many that are perfect for a calm January day.

Ski Cross-Country

Dying to test out your new pair of skis, but can’t seem to find the time to hit the slopes? With the support of the Parks and Recreation Department, the Boulder Nordic Club grooms North Boulder Park for cross-country skiing from mid-October to April 1st. When there’s snow on the ground, you can snap into your skis and make some tracks without ever leaving the city.

Play Ping Pong

The concrete ping pong table is a permanent fixture of the park, and playing a few games is a great way to pass the time on a nice day. Dust any snow off the top and challenge your children to the best two out of three. Just remember to BYOB—that’s “bring your own balls”—and paddles, too.

Fly a Kite

Boulder is no stranger to windy weather, especially in January. Take advantage of a blustery day, and try your hand at flying a kite in North Boulder Park’s wide-open field. If you don’t already own one, the Pearl Street shop Into the Wind has some excellent options for all skill levels, from the simplest shapes to extravagant arrangements.

Work Out

For people aged 14 years and older, the park’s newly added fitness equipment provides a fun and engaging way to get in shape. Features such as chin up bars and an elliptical machine are ideal for bodyweight exercises and fitness training. The circuit also overlooks the children’s playground, so you can keep an eye on your little ones while you work out on a warm January day.

Play a Ball Game

With two ball diamonds, a basketball half-court, and a large grassy field, North Boulder Park is great for group activities, games, and team sports. When there’s little to no snow on the ground, a game of kickball or soccer is a terrific way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Recreational sports fields are first-come, first-served, but you can also rent them out a couple weeks in advance for special events.

Only a few blocks north of Pearl Street’s shops and restaurants, North Boulder Park’s convenient location makes it easy to add some time outside to your day. Whether you’re going for a lunchtime workout or teaching the kids to fly a kite, North Boulder Park has something for everyone to enjoy.

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