Get ready to Neighbor Up!

CONO prepares for celebratory September

A Colorado Springs community-empowerment organization wants you to meet your neighbors.

The Council of Neighbors and Organizations’ (CONO) Neighbor Up! Month begins Sunday and runs throughout September. That means throughout the month, neighborhood park permit and barricade fees will be waived in an effort to get neighborhoods to connect via social activities. Community block parties, park picnics and neighborhood clean-ups are on tap throughout the region.

The month-long celebration is an extension of last year’s 10-day Neighbor Up! Week.

“The response this year has been phenomenal,” Sara Vass, CONO chief operation officer, said in a statement.

Some highlights planned for Neighbor Up! Month:

  • Through Sept. 16, CONO will accept nominations for the 2019 Neighborhood of the Year, Neighborhood Champion of the Year and Neighborhood Business of the Year. Nomination forms are available on the CONO website,
  • Winners will be announced on Sept. 28 during a celebration event set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CONO headquarters, 1506 N. Hancock Blvd.
  • CONO is partnering with the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) this year to award a special neighborhood a $500 Art Project Stipled. The winning neighborhood will be announced Sept. 28 and will execute its project during October, which is also Arts Month.

Neighbor Up! Month is supported by the cities of Colorado Springs, Fountain and Manitou Springs; Colorado Springs Parks, Recreational and Cultural Services; Colorado Springs School District 11; Harrison School District 2; El Paso County; and 14 sponsors.

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