When Tammy Seela pulls into Loudy-Simpson Park at 5 a.m. every morning, it comes as no surprise to her to see people out and about.
Seela, Moffat County’s parks and recreation manager, said people are constantly walking the trails, enjoying the picnic area, or exercising their dogs at the park.
“Loudy-Simpson Park is a safe environment for people to come and enjoy being outside,” she said. “I can come out here any time of the day and see someone doing something.”
Loudy-Simpson was named the best recreation spot in the Craig Daily Press’ 2011 Best of Moffat County contest.
The park, which includes three soccer fields, four baseball diamonds, and two picnic shelters, was bought from ranchers Ed Loudy and Bill Simpson in the 1970s and named in their honor.
Seela said the first baseball game was played at the park in 1979.
“There is something for everyone to enjoy in this park,” Seela said. “The county commissioners wanted an area for families to come and have something to do. I always see kids out here having a blast no matter what they are doing.”
Seela, who has worked as parks and recreation manager for 23 years, said numerous changes have occurred over the years.
A fishing area was created near the pond north of the entrance and a disc golf course was laid out nine years ago.
Rafts, boats and canoes can also be launched from Loudy-Simpson thanks to a boat ramp donated by the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads.
“Not only do we have things to do in the summer, but also the winter,” Seela said. “We have people who come out here and cross-country ski and we also have the ice arena people use quite often.”
Michael Wright, who has helped Seela in cleaning the park up, said Loudy-Simpson provides alternatives for Moffat County youth.
“The park gives kids something to do during the evenings and on weekends,” he said. “It helps keep kids off the street and causing trouble.”
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