ENGLEWOOD — Brent Anslinger, Outdoor Recreation Program Manager for the Five Rivers MetroParks spoke Tuesday, May 17 to the Northmont Rotary about new programs offered through the Outdoor Recreation Program.
Years ago, outdoor recreation involved picnicking and camping. With the newest young generation, they are looking for more.
In order to meet that need, Five Rivers started offering activities that would attract/appeal to the newest generations. This has included geocaching, hiking, backpacking, Riverscape, etc. These and other programs are offered through the park’s 16,000 acres.
Although the first priority of Five Rivers is conservation, closely following that are the priorities of education and recreation. These goals are met through the Garden Parks, Farm Parks, Urban Parks, and Natural Parks. There is something for everyone and the MetroParks can boast the nation’s largest connected network of bike paths. Further, the parks offer fishing, fitness, disc golf, and ice skating.