COLORADO (AP) Colorado parks and recreation agencies are among the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
The state also has the largest number of visitors per capita.
The Easter coloring page has become a popular pastime in Colorado, with people drawing the color blue on chalkboard or paper.
It’s the same type of activity as the annual Colorado Fall Festival, when people decorate homes with a colorful display of holiday decorations.
It’s also a fun way to get kids into the holiday spirit.
“It’s a lot of fun and it’s fun for us to get children in the spirit of Christmas,” said Jennifer Stutzman, the state’s parks and outdoor recreation commissioner.
She said she’s seen a steady increase in the number of people who have been coloring at the parks in recent years.
The number of Easter coloring sheets at parks increased from about 5,000 in 2012 to 6,000 last year.
“The number of sheets we get now is quite a bit higher than it was in 2012,” Stutzmann said.
It can take days for the sheets to arrive.
The average amount of paper used to color at a park can range from about 10 to 15 sheets per day.
That means that each sheet can cost about $50 to $60, depending on the size of the park.
In the past, people who didn’t want to pay the paper for coloring sheets usually had to buy colored paper themselves.
They’d use the color-coated sheet as the base and then buy colored fabric to finish the paper.
The Colorado Springs City Council is working on a plan to eliminate the sale of colored paper at city parks by June 1, 2020.
Stutzman said that’s an effort to get people to pay for the sheet at the same time as the cost of coloring at other parks.
The city also wants to give people more choices of color at city park and at some recreation facilities.
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