As we lingered inside during the season’s last snowstorm, I reminisced with Liz about the sights, sounds and scents we again look forward to experiencing on our fair weather forays through Lyons.
We can’t wait to breathe in the bouquets of aroma that annually greet us all around town thanks to the bountiful efforts of our Lyons Garden
Club, a grant recipient of the Lyons Community Foundation (LCF).
Our typical stroll meanders along the river in Meadow Park where nesting eagles and red sandstone are the main attractions. The park’s visiting campers, whose time in Lyons is transient, remind us to perennially appreciate the fact that we permanently live here.
After crossing Route 7, we always pause on the bridge over the river’s north branch before continuing down 5th Avenue to the paved winding wooded river path near Meily Street. This short stroll leads us to an arched wooden bridge, providing a vantage point to reel in a view of the rambling South St. Vrain. We trace the trail to a roaring ball field where a Lyons Youth Baseball/Softball Association game is in action due in part to LCF grants.
Our eastward trek departs Bonn Park along the now co-joined St. Vrain and leads us to the Clarifier Project which, thanks to numerous LCF grants and countless volunteer hours, has transformed a dilapidated archaic castaway cistern into a mosaic encrusted monument of community creativity.
The Black Bear Hole heads us back toward town where by luck we come upon a world-class musical concert in Sandstone Park orchestrated by another LCF grantee, the Sounds of Lyons.
The last strides home traverse us along Main Street where we enjoy conversations with friends about the string of stirring public art staged by the Lyons Art and Humanities Commission via creative funding sources such as the LCF.
Season after season, the LCF’s funds are evidenced throughout the landscape of Lyons. Our walk gleans merely a glimpse of that which the Lyons Community Foundation provides. For all this and what lies ahead on Lyons’ future pathways, we have LCF contributors and LCF volunteers to thank.
Brian and Liz Erley