8 Colorado Libraries Pilot CPWs Park Pass – Backpack Check-out Program

Denver – 8 Colorado Libraries Pilot CPWs Park Pass – Backpack Check-out Program

Eight Colorado State Library’s in collaboration with Colorado Parks and Wildlife prepare to pilot the Check-Out Colorado State Park Program beginning this October. 

Check-Out Colorado State Park Program is an initiative offering residents the ability to reserve and check-out one of two, seven-day, hang-tag, park passes for entrance into all 42 state parks along with an adventure backpack, provided by Osprey, that is filled with park information and educational activities.

“This program puts us on track with the Governor’s initiative to encourage Coloradans, particularly children, teens and the underserved, to develop deeper connections with the natural environment that sets Colorado apart as a special place,” said CPW Director Bob Broscheid.

The park pass with backpack can be checked out for up to seven days and may be renewed according the participating libraries’ renewal policy.

“We encourage all Coloradans to explore and learn through their libraries,” said Colorado State Library Development Director, Sharon Morris. This pass and backpack program gives residents the opportunity to literally “check out Colorado State Parks” and discover the wildlife and beauty of our state.

The pilot showcases Colorado’s quality state parks system and improves resident accessibility, goals common to both CPW and Colorado State Library. 

“We are excited to partner with another state agency in a way that enhances the goals of both agencies,” adds Morris.

Based on annual visits of selected libraries, the goal may be within reach. 

The estimated exposure, based on annual visits to libraries in Grand Junction, Rifle, Paonia, Aurora, Brighton, Denver, Las Animas and Trinidad, exceeds eight million. Libraries will provide quarterly reports based on user feedback to CPW to identify the usage of the State Park Pass Program at each location and patron experience. 

The pilot is slated to continue through March 31, 2016, and if successful, will follow with expanded roll out of the CPW State Park Check-Out Program, in April 2016.

Participating pilot libraries include:

Aurora Public Library, Central Library, 14949 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80012, 303-739-6600; 

Anythink Libraries, Brighton Branch, 327 E Bridge St, Brighton, CO 80601, 303-405-3230;

Delta County Libraries, Paonia Branch, 23rd St, Paonia, CO 81428, 970-399-7881;

Denver Public Library, Green Valley Ranch Branch, 4856 Andes Ct, Denver, CO 80249 720-865-0310;

Garfield County Public Library, Rifle Branch, 207 East Ave, Rifle, CO 81650; 970-625-3471, 

Las Animas/Bent County Library, 306 5th St, Las Animas, CO 81054, 719-456-0111;

Mesa County Public Library, Grand Junction Main Library, 443 N. 6th St, Grand Junction, CO 81501, 970-243-4442; 

Trinidad Public Library, 202 N. Animas St, Trinidad, CO 81082, 719-846-6841. 

For more information go to http://cpw.state.co.us/Pages/LibraryBackpack.aspx. Users are encouraged to post pictures to Instagram and Twitter: #CheckOutColorado.

The Colorado State Library is a division of the Colorado Department of Education.