The first Aspire 3D Kite Festival on Sunday a hit with the community
Hundreds of people flocked to Loveland Sports Park on Sunday for a day of kite flying, games, vendor tours and great weather for the inaugural Aspire 3D Kite Festival.
The festival started at 10 am at the park, located at 950 N. Boyd Lake in Loveland, with just a light breeze and what looked like rain clouds. However, as the minutes passed, the wind picked up, the clouds disappeared, and the sky began to fill with colorful kites of all shapes and sizes.
The kites shown at the festival have been made from a variety of materials such as simple paper to more complex and lighter nylon materials. Throughout the day, participants had the opportunity to try out their own kite flying skills while watching professionals do their jobs.
In addition to the kites, the festival featured nine food trucks, over 50 vendors including Visit Loveland, Colorado Eagles, UCHealth and Aims Community College as well as games, activities, live music from Antonio Lopez and Switchman. Sleepin ‘and demonstrations for over a dozen professional kites.
The event was organized by Aspire 3D to publicize the services of the organization and raise funds for the association.
Organizers could not have been more pleased with the turnout for the first time, especially the one that took place after a major pandemic.
“I think we’ve been successful with this and it seems to be very well received. It’s wonderful and we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout, ”said Lori Kempter, Executive Director of Aspire 3D. “Loveland Parks and Rec has been phenomenal in helping to make this possible. We really can’t thank them enough for giving us this space to use.
Aspire 3D works alongside the Loveland Housing Authority to provide on-site support services to improve the quality of life for youth and their families, homeless veterans and low-income seniors.
“Our mission is to provide affordable housing opportunities to low-income residents of northern Colorado, including Milliken, Windsor and Estes Park. We manage more than Loveland, ”explained Christopher Atib, event director for the association.
The non-profit organization provides guidance counselors who live in communities owned by the housing authority and acts as resource navigators for residents as well as literacy programs directly in the lodges.
“We serve about three major populations – veterans, the elderly, families and young people,” Atib said.
Founded about three years ago, Aspire 3D is a type of service organization for people who live in affordable housing to help them improve and move out of affordable housing through scholarship programs, mental health counseling and other services.
For more information about Aspire 3D and the services and resources they provide to the community, visit www.aspire3d.org.