The Rocky Mountain Challenge has been a staple of summer in Aurora since its advent in 2000, when it got a small start at North Middle School. It’s grown in size and popularity so much that it needed bigger digs and now is set at the city’s beautifully maintained Aurora Sports Park, using its vast array of green fields to its advantage.

The Stanley Marketplace, a 100,000-square-foot mecca of food, drink and retail, is on schedule to open in the defunct Stanley Aviation Factory at 2501 Dallas St. later this summer, officially usurping the Gaylord Rockies manmade lazy river as the wildest thing to hit Aurora in the past 20 years.