Communities at Play: Warm weather leads to plenty of fun

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Everett Colvin, 6, plays on the swing set Friday at Craig City Park. Colvin was playing with his father and friends at the park, and will be heading to first grade at East Elementary School in the fall.

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Samuel Walls, 10, does a back flip off the diving board during a sunny Friday at the Craig Swimming Complex. Walls just finished fourth grade at Sandrock Elementary School and said he’s happy to enjoy the summer.

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Gage Hall, 16, takes a swing at the fifth green Thursday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course. Hall said he and his friends have played a round of golf every day since school let out last week.

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Kelly Campbell, 15, soars over a gap on the step-down jump Friday at Sherwood Forest. Campbell, on his way to being a high school freshman, also helped his friends build lips to maintain safe jumps.

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At left, Rhondy McKnight, 2, his twin, Rikki, middle, and Briana Woods, 4, play on the slide Friday at Loudy-Simpson Park. The children said they had as much fun running up the slide as going down it.

This week’s photo essay takes a minor turn from the norm.

Instead of focusing on the day-in and day-out trappings of the work place, this week’s photos focus on those who cherish warm temperatures, green grass and no school more than anyone else.

Here are a few photos of youth doing what they do best — enjoying the outdoors and having fun.

Call it Communities At Play.

Whether it’s at one of the local parks, fishing ponds, or the pool, there are good times to be had so long as the air is warm and the ground is dry.

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