I awake to the smell of fresh coffee and the curious sound of a deep whoosh above our home. Looking out the window I see a colorful blue, red and yellow hot-air balloon floating gently in a cool breeze above the neighborhood with the snow-capped mountains in the back drop. This is a common site for Erie and one of my favorite things in the entire world. It’s a crisp peaceful spring morning as runners and bicyclists travel on paths that intertwine through the neighborhood. Calling Erie, Colorado home is an easy thing to do when the quality of life can be seen, simply by looking out the window or walking to the driveway to pick up the morning paper.
As my 2 year old daughter fills the room with laughter, my husband and I get prepared to go to the Erie Recreational Center for her swim lesson. The community center, which less than a mile away, has so many amenities including recreational activities, classes and programs for residents of all ages. The adjacent library is a great place to pick up that book everyone is talking about or even reserve a DVD for a family movie night. A large park with a playground, soccer fields, softball fields and a newly designed skate park are sure to be bustling with activity on any given weekend. In the summer time, there are movies in the park, as well as Kids Nite Out Across America®, where parents can drop off their children in a safe supervised environment to meet other kids, participate in activities, and have a fun time.
After a great swim class we go to lunch at the Parkway Sports Grille and enjoy the outdoor sun from their patio. Living in Colorado, there are 300 days of sunshine each year, making it easy to enjoy an active life style. As we enjoy our lunch, I remember an article I read about a new energy-efficient community proposed just down the road on County Line to be called Golden Run. The proposed development could add economic opportunities including a movie theater, a medical complex, and a performance arts center. My husband comments on how convenient it would be to ride our bikes to the movies. As we finish up lunch, its back home to put my little one down for a nap.