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Every year the Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) network celebrates the best places in local government. From a field of 32 nationwide locations and through five rounds (similar to March Madness), voters crowned Colorado Chautauqua with the ELGL Knope Award.
And, yes, the award is named after Leslie Knope, the character from the show Parks and Recreation.
Each year, this recognition program showcases and celebrates places that local government maintains and manages. This year’s focus was on “Historic and Cultural sites,” recognizing that governments are on the front lines of finding ways to honor history while also reflecting the reality of that history.
Colorado Chautauqua was nominated by the City of Boulder’s Parks and Director Ali Rhodes and Assistant City Manager Pam Davis. The site is owned by the city and operated by both the city and long-term leaseholder, Colorado Chautauqua Association (CCA).
“Colorado Chautauqua is a place our community comes to listen to music in the auditorium, stay in a historic cottage, have fun in the park, enjoy beautiful views, and hike on amazing trails,” said Rhodes. “Winning the Knope Award is our opportunity to share Chautauqua on a national scale. The entire site is a testament to a long-standing partnership, with CCA and the city working together to provide a place where there is something for everyone.”
Colorado Chautauqua offers cultural, educational, social, and recreational experiences. Did you know:
“We’ve always known that Chautauqua has a special place in the heart of Boulder, but winning this award makes it abundantly clear!” said CCA Chief Executive Officer Shelly Benford. “The support we felt from the community was phenomenal. Thank you to the city for being such outstanding partners, to the Parks & Recreation Department for nominating us, and for all the people who voted to show their appreciation for this incredible place.”
Thank you to the Boulder community who voted for Colorado Chautauqua throughout multiple rounds and for making us Knope Award winners.
The above video was posted during the finals for the ELGL Knope Award.