Government, Education & Recreation
The Town of Holly strives to provide quality government services. It owns, operates, and provides electric, water, wastewater, and garbage/landfill services to residents. Emergency services are provided by the Holly Rural Fire and Ambulance District, a volunteer organization.
The Holly RE-3 School District provides public education at the elementary and secondary level to area children, along with day care and pre-school programs.
Recreation opportunities are abundant in the Holly area. Along with the local school district which provides a wide variety of student activities and athletic events, town residents enjoy the availability of parks and ball fields, tennis courts, swimming pool, playgrounds, hunting and fishing, a movie theater, a youth center (The Corner), a senior and community center, and organized recreation programs and leagues.
The Holly Days Blue Grass Festival is an annual three day free event held the second weekend of June. Holly Days events are sponsored by the Holly Commercial Club in celebration of Holly's survival of the great 1965 hundred year flood.
The dedication of the Justin Harrington Memorial Walking Trail on September 26, 2008 noted the completion efforts of 8.4 miles of continuous walking opportunities. The trail is a pilot project of the “Prowers County-Arkansas River Trails Master Plan” which had its beginnings in 2006 and remains under study and production. The Holly project provides an opportunity for visitors to get out of their cars at the trailhead and walk along the Arkansas River, viewing wildlife and historic points of interest.
Bird watching has grown in popularity as Prowers County is recognized nationally as a haven for large numbers of migratory birds, waterfowl, and native species. Prowers County is the first county in the State of Colorado to receive a "Colorado Birding Trail" designation, with the trail launch in February 2007 held in conjunction with the annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival.