Friday, September 9, 2011

Bach: This calls for some cheerleaders

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Mayor Steve Bach, party animal
  • Mayor Steve Bach, party animal
Sure, he's embroiled in a controversy over his interference in the Memorial deal, but Mayor Steve Bach isn't letting that steal his spirit — or rather, his "Spirit of the Springs."

In fact, the Mayor has planned a pep rally. There's no metaphor here; the mayor has planned a real pep rally. Only for adults. We're talking cheerleaders, marching bands, basketball hoops.

Apparently, nothing says "I am not a pawn to the interests of my developer friends" better than pom-poms. As way of official explanation, a press release points out that the mayor did promise community building events when he introduced his puzzlingly-vague "Spirit of the Springs" initiative.

Anyway, the important thing to remember here is that there will be bouncy castles.

Mayor Bach asks City to “show its spirit” at unveiling of new initiatives.

Mayor Steve Bach will unveil several new initiatives against a backdrop of food, music and fun at a community pep rally on Friday, Sept. 16 at Pioneers Museum in Downtown Colorado Springs (Nevada Ave. and Vermijo Ave.). Festivities will center on the south lawn, beginning at 4 p.m. and ending around 6:30 p.m.
At his swearing in-ceremony, Mayor Bach mentioned his intention to begin an effort to encourage individuals and families to connect with the best our community had to offer and to share of themselves and make our City even better. He called his wide-ranging vision the “Spirit of the Springs” and these new initiatives will help that vision become a reality.
The Sept. 16 event will be held one day prior to the anniversary of General William Jackson Palmer’s (Colorado Springs’ founder) 175th birthday, marking a fitting connection between Palmer’s dreams of yesterday and the Mayor’s plans of today.
Mayor Bach has invited the community to gather and enjoy a sampling of what makes Colorado Springs great. A list of confirmed participants includes:
· United States Air Force Academy Cheerleaders, “The Bird” mascot;
· School District 11 cheerleading squads;
· Air Academy High School Marching Band;
· Dance tunes provided by Celebration Station DJ Company;
· Autographs and photos with U.S. Olympic Training Center athletes;
· Interactive activities provided by the City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department;
· Golf hole-in-one and basketball shooting activities by the Chamber of Commerce Rising Professionals
· Angletech bikes for demonstration rides (recumbent, handcycles, adult trikes, etc.);
· Bounce houses ($5 for all you can bounce);
· The “Amazing One and Only Benji”;
· “Touch-a-Truck” exhibits;
· Face painting; and
· A few surprises!

Bring a picnic or purchase food at nearby restaurants or on-site food vendors, including Mollica’s Italian Market & Deli, Colorado Smokehouse Barbecue & Catering, and Colorado City Creamery. Come meet the mayor and hear about his “Spirit of the Springs” initiatives. Visit www.springsgov.com/SpringsSpirit for the latest information about the event.
Free parking is available on some streets near the Pioneers Museum, east of Nevada Ave. The City parking garage at Colorado Ave. and Nevada Ave. offers $1 parking (cash only) starting at 4 p.m. The City parking garage at 127 E. Kiowa (Kiowa and Nevada Ave.) offers $1 parking starting at 2 p.m.
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