Pretty much every city or town has a park. In a small town when you go to the park it usually means grass and a swing set with a slide for the kids, some sports fields and maybe a picnic spot with a gazebo or even an old canon sitting on a cement slab with a plaque telling about some historic event. Lately there have been skate parks popping up all over the place as well. All across the country, if you have seen one local park, you’ve pretty much seen them all.
But in Golden, we do things a little differently. We have a kayak park and that’s a pretty cool thing to have. I love going there in the spring when the water is running kind of high and taking my camera along.
That’s when the kayakers and boogie boarders head to the park to practice a little bit and you see loads of colorful boats and gear all working the rapids and trying things like standing the kayak on it’s nose, Eskimo rolls and generally playing in the white water.
You can get some really awesome shots there that will make your friends think that you are a hot shot extreme sports photographer, and you can shoot them all from the river bank without even getting your feet wet. Just ask the kayakers if you can shoot them (they always say yes), offer to send them some pictures, and trust me, you will get a wall full of great photos. It really makes for a fun afternoon.
Golden also has a great variety of independent, excellent shops that carry the best outdoor gear you can find anywhere. Mountaineering, mountain and road bikes, and yes, we have some shops specializing in river sports, too.
One of them is Golden River Sports, 809 Washington Ave.
You can’t miss it, it is on the west side of the street and always has a bunch of bright colored kayaks out in front. It has its own parking lot and on the weekend of April 19-21 it will hold its Annual Spring Gear Swap.
If you have any gear you want to sell, then this is the place to get rid of it and if you are looking for some bargains on either new or used gear, you probably want to check this out.
It is offering sellers either a 100 percent store credit for their gear or 80 percent of the cash. Plus everything in the store will be 10-50 percent off. It still has a bunch of 2012 closeout stuff so you will probably find a good deal there too.
Sellers are asked to bring in their gear by Thursday, April 18, so it can be listed for sale. For more information check out www.goldenriversports.net or call 303-215-9386.
Just a reminder that the members of the Jefferson Symphony will hold a recital on Saturday, April 13, at the First United Methodist Church, 1500 Ford St. in Golden, featuring smaller ensembles in a more intimate setting.
The concert features a great selection of classical music including Massenet’s Meditation from Thais, Telemann’s Concerto No. 2 for Violas, Dukas’ Villanelle for French Horn and Piano, Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Holst’s Terzetto for Flute, Oboe and Viola and Charles Beriot’s Scene de Ballet for Violin and Piano.
The concert will also feature the Timberline Brass Quintet and the Alpine Brass Trio.
Show time is 7 p.m., tickets are only $10 and you can get them at the door. For more information go to www.jeffsymphony.org or call 303-278-4237
John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multimedia production.