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When John approached the staff at Northside to fly his
kite inside, the staff were a bit confused about what to
say. They hadn't been approached with that question
before. Staff soon realized that not only was kite flying an
exceptional display to share in the open gym space, but
kite flying could be an attraction for the entire community
if hosted at an outdoor location. So, Northside staff and
John united to create the first Kites in the Park Festival in
Fort Collins. The festival took place in 2008 at Greenbriar
Park and welcomed more than 500 people to play games,
watch expert kite flyers, and fly their own kites.
The City of Fort Collins Recreation Department, with John
as the official kiter, continued to offer Kites in the Park
and grew the event each year by adding new games and
attractions. Children were invited to make their own kites
and battle in Rokkaku kite competitions. Guests could
also watch kite flying acts that were put on display by
professional kite flyers from around the country. Kites in
the Park soon moved to a larger venue at Spring Canyon
Community Park and has since welcomed upwards of
8,000 people entranced by the magic of kite flying and the
energy of playing in the park.

Today, Kites in the Park has morphed into Kids in the
Park and has moved to yet another home, Twin Silo Park.
Families are invited to join the festivities each year on the
third Sunday in May to participate in recreational feats like
a parkour course, scavenger hunt, and park games, dance
to live music, enjoy food trucks, and of course, fly kites.
Led by our local kite expert and the City of Fort Collins
Parks and Recreation departments, the next Kids in the
Park will take place on May 17, 2020.
John has been a long-time advocate and supporter of
Parks and Recreation. He not only frequents our facilities
and parks (Fossil Creek Community Park is his favorite for
sunsets), he has contributed to the growth and wellbeing
of the offerings available by Parks and Recreation. John
has made an impact with Parks and Recreation, and our
community, and will leave his legacy in Fort Collins, both
on land and in the skies.
Thank you, John, for all that you have done for Fort Collins.


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