Moving to Lyons from Boulder in 2008 will always be one of the best decisions of our lives. I have come up with a list of the top 10 reasons I love Lyons. This list is only to be shared by residents of Lyons. It is top secret!
10) The best outdoor ice skating rink for miles around - I don’t ice skate, but I love to walk down to
Meadow Park and absorb the atmosphere that has to rival any northern pond of New England. Plus, it is free!
9) The eclectic mix of residents - including artists, musicians, professionals, retirees, and working stiffs. Less pretentious than Boulder! The mix of people creates some great events. December fireworks are my favorite, even if we didn’t have them this year.
8) No franchises - (thank you Tim at Left Hand Trader for this suggestion for my list) The mix of local businesses is ideal. The shop owners and restaurants are friendly and less expensive than Boulder.
7) The schools - I am a retired educator and I know the importance of good schools in a community. Lyons obviously has the best! The schools help to make our community one of the safest around.
6) The neighborhoods - When I heard our neighborhood kids out playing our first summer in Lyons it reminded me of my own childhood summer nights. With computer games and technology competing, it is a challenge for parents to get their kids outside. In Lyons it happens much more than in Boulder!
5) The weather - I tell friends Lyons is like living in a mountain town without the mountain weather.
4) Forward thinking leadership - From decisions having been made about our downtown area to what is to come in a new sewage treatment plant our town leaders are innovative, smart, and visionary.
3) Tolerance for those that are different or believe differently - There have been contentious issues in town (dispensaries come to mind), but there is an independent air around Lyons that allows for our differences. We live with our decisions and respect rule of law.
2) The music - Lyons may have the best music scene per capita of any small community in our nation. The festivals are a highlight, but any night you might find a national touring act visiting our small burgh.
1) The parks, trails, views and nature - Mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, tubing, softball, soccer and much more fill our parks and open space with vitality. Knowing we are sharing this wonderful land with so many creatures from mountain lions to eagles also inspires us.
Thank you to all who have made this town what it is today! I am humbled at what you have done for so many of us! Don’t tell anyone else know about this secret! I would also be interested if others have something to add to the list.