BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) — Boulder’s Chautauqua Park has received a very special award, confirming what Coloradans knew all along — Chautauqua is a gem.

The park received the Engaging Local Government Leaders Knope Award, named after the character Leslie Knope from the TV show Parks and Recreation. The national award honors the best government-managed locations within the annual category.

This year, the category was cultural and historic sites, which Colorado Chautauqua won.

A few facts about Colorado Chautauqua Park:

  • Over a million people visit the park each year.
  • The park has hosted concerts and festivals in its auditorium since 1898.
  • Teddy Roosevelt once visited Chautauqua, saying the park was “a source of positive strength and refreshment of mind and body to come to meet a typical American gathering like this — a gathering that is typically American in that it is typical of America at its best.”

For more information on the award, click here.