Lyons has three community parks and a dog park. The LaVern Johnson Park has been completely rebuilt since the flood of 2013 and is better than ever with a new kayak course, children’s playgrounds, multiple swimming holes, sand volleyball court, tent and RV camping, grass field, and ice rink. At certain times of the year, you can see eagles nesting in the red rock cliffs above. Bohn Park is next on the docket to be rebuilt and locals are excited to have this park restored.
Lyons Elementary and Middle/Senior high schools play an important role in promoting the sense of community in town. The elementary school has approximately two classes per grade and enrolls preschoolers through 5th graders. Middle school enrollment includes 6th-8th graders, approximately 195 students. The high school typically enrolls 215 students. This small school environment allows kids and teachers the opportunity to know one another better, engage in the learning process, and take advantage of extracurricular activities. Lyons High School typically has among the highest academic test scores and extracurricular participation rates in the district and graduates have sought higher education at some of the most competitive universities in the nation. The Elementary school has received the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award for the last three years and the John Irwin School of Excellence Award in 2017.
Longmont schools are part of the St. Vrain Valley School District and have received numerous awards under the leadership of 2013 National Superintendent of the Year Don Haddad. In the St. Vrain schools, 78% are accredited with Distinction or Performance. There are many educational choices in Longmont including 14 elementary schools,
Boulder has attracted many top science and technology firms including an upcoming expansion of Google. Start-up companies have also made Boulder their home as well as long-time companies like Celestial Seasonings.
Recreation is highly prized in Boulder. The Flatirons are a must-see for all visitors and a favorite for locals seeking a quick hike or climb up the monumental flatiron rock formations.
Surrounded by thousands of acres of recreational open space, conservation easements, and nature preserves, Boulder provides miles of trails for hiking and biking. Boulder also boasts three city recreation centers in addition to CU’s recently renovated recreation center, all with diverse programming.
Boulder has a unique culture in the state of Colorado largely based on its liberal electorate. Social activism and global thinking are common along with diverse restaurant menu choices for vegans and prevalent environmental consciousness. The Boulder Valley School District offers many choices at all levels of secondary education and is consistently ranked in the top three districts in the state.
Due to Boulder’s unique culture, scenic beauty, recreational and educational opportunities and of course general quality of life, home prices in Boulder are among the highest in the county.
There are many hiking/running trails in Pinewood among the gorgeous terrain. The Villa Tatra and the Colorado Cherry Company (I highly recommend the cherry pie!) are the only restaurants in the area but both are excellent. Pinewood is greener and cooler in the summer compared with Lyons and snowier in the winter due to the increased elevation.
Roads and bridges were repaired and the riverbanks were fortified after the 2013 flood. While students living in Pinewood are officially part of the Estes Park School District that provides school bus service daily, some families opt to enroll their children in Lyons schools.