Community comes together over ice cream

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Under the warm summer sun, community members of all ages gathered at Civic Green Park for all-you-can-eat ice cream and snow cones, activities and entertainment.

What started 20 years ago as a dedication for Fire Station 18 has turned into a tradition. The Highlands Ranch Metro District hosts the ice cream social at the park, 9370 S. Ridgeline Blvd., as a way for residents to come together and celebrate local first responders.

The evening of July 10, guests enjoyed food trucks and vendors offering kid-friendly activities, such as face painting and crafts.

Deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office handed out wristbands, as firefighters from South Metro Fire Rescue mingled with kids, gave tours of a fire truck and led a live extraction demonstration using Jaws of Life equipment.

The cost of the ice cream social was $2. Safeway provided the sweet treats, which allows the metro district to donate all proceeds to a nonprofit.

This year, funds raised went to Nature's Educators, a Douglas County-based nonprofit focused on wildlife education. Proceeds will benefit its animal care budget.

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