Featured Projects Arapahoe County OPen Spaces

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The Open Spaces Program began in 2003 when citizens of Arapahoe County voted to fund the program through a quarter-of-a-penny Open Space sales and use tax (25 cents on every $100 spent). The tax was renewed in 2011 when voters approved extending the program to 2023. Trail and river corridors wind through numerous cities and towns - blurring the lines of jurisdictional boundaries where parks are in high demand and trails don't know that one city ends and another begins. Together with our municipal and special district partners, we are able to efficiently leverage your tax dollars to bring you amazing parks, trails and open spaces. Get more information about the Open Space sales and use tax here.

September 2017

Littleton and Englewood Partnerships

Writers Vista Park

Arapahoe County Open Spaces and South Suburban Park and Recreation District recently partnered to improve Writer’s Vista Park in Littleton. The 20-year-old playground was replaced with two new age-specific play structures for 2-5 year olds and 5-12 year olds, and new rubber surfacing was installed to ensure safety along with ADA accessibility.

The park is located at 1900 W. Mineral Ave. in Littleton 80120.

Writers Vista Park

The county supported this project with $300,000 in grant funding. In addition to the play structures, the park’s ballfield received upgrades including dugouts, player’s benches and a new infield mix. Additional park improvements include picnic tables, park benches, a bike rack, and a drinking fountain.

Additional park improvements include picnic tables, park benches, a bike rack, and a drinking fountain.

Mary Carter Greenway - Trail Signage Project

The City of Littleton and South Suburban Park and Recreation District partnered with Arapahoe County Open Space to develop and install new wayfinding signage along the Mary Carter Greenway from Belleview Avenue to C-470. The new signs were installed this spring and provide maps and helpful navigational information, as well as information about points of interest such as intersecting trails and nearby amenities

Mary Carter Greenway - Trail Signage Project

Thanks to this great partnership and a $50,000 Open Space grant, the improved signage is already creating a safer, more user-friendly experience for more than 500,000 walkers, cyclists, joggers and other who use this stretch of trail each year.

Rotolo Park

With the help of a grant from Open Spaces, the City of Englewood replaced a 25-year old playground at Rotolo Park with two new play structures for 2-5 year olds and 5-12 year olds, climbers, and swings. Additionally, the City built a new ADA-compliant walkway to improve access to the park from Huron Street and replaced the old pea gravel playground surfacing with engineered wood fiber. The park is located at 4401 S Huron St., Englewood.

This much-needed playground renovation creates a safe, active, and accessible play area for hundreds of kids and families living in the surrounding neighborhood.

August 2017

Cherry Creek Regional Trail Corridor

Arapahoe Road Trailhead

In November 2016, Arapahoe County Open Spaces opened its newest trailhead along the Cherry Creek Regional Trail. The Arapahoe Road Trailhead fills a gap in the County’s trail network by providing a safe crossing under Arapahoe Road, as well as amenities for trail users such as parking, restrooms, picnic shelters, a bike repair station, and a natural play area for the kids.

Happy Canyon Trail and Bridge

A $240,000 grant from Open Spaces helped build a bridge to connect two segments of the Happy Canyon Trail, creating better connectivity between area neighborhoods and the Cherry Creek Regional Trail. The project, completed in 2016, was a partnership between Dove Valley and Parker Jordan Metropolitan Districts and was the final phase of the 2.1 mile Happy Canyon Trail.

Broncos Parkway Trailhead

From 2007 to 2010, Open Space partnered with Parker Jordan Metropolitan District and the City of Centennial to improve access to the Cherry Creek Trail, Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park, and Parker Jordan Centennial Open Space through the construction of a new trailhead on Broncos Parkway. This trailhead provides 30 parking spaces, picnic shelters, and restrooms, as well as convenient access to more than 180 acres of nearby open space and 40 miles of the Cherry Creek Regional Trail which stretches from downtown Denver to Castlewood Canyon State Park.

July 2017

South Platte River Corridor

River Run Trailhead

River Run Park is the place to be on a hot summer day! This unique Sheridan spot offers something for everyone, from cyclists to kayakers.

Arapahoe County Open Space has committed more than $4 million to this project in partnership with Englewood, Sheridan, South Suburban Park and Recreation District, GOCO, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Riverside Downs

The Riverside Downs project was a public-private partnership intended to improve recreational opportunities along the Mary Carter Greenway and to better connect the trail corridor with businesses along the river.

Riverside Downs

Open Space contributed more than $500,000 for design and construction of this project, which includes public social spaces, bike racks, improved sidewalk connections from the main trail to the commercial center and river, a bocce ball court, shade structures and rest areas for trail users, and trail safety enhancements such as additional lighting. Matching funds were provided by the City of Littleton and the commercial center’s developer, Littleton Capital Partners.

Reynolds Landing

In 2015, Open Spaces and the City of Littleton partnered to improve and expand the Reynolds Landing trailhead along the Mary Carter Greenway. With the opening of Breckenridge Brewery nearby, the existing trailhead was seeing increased use and a need to add additional parking and amenities was identified. This phase includes new picnic shelters, seating, a bike repair station, a children’s play area, connecting trails, an expanded parking lot, and a restroom. Future improvements will include in-river recreational features and improved river access via trails and boat put-ins.

June 2017

Cherry Hills Village

Three Pond Park

Three Pond Park is a 9.5 acre open space and passive use park located along the High Line Canal Trail in Cherry Hills Village, providing tranquil scenery, equestrian jumps and a public art sculpture. In 2015, Arapahoe County Open Spaces provided $25,000 to support a water tap, irrigation system and tree planting. This investment supports a healthier tree canopy and reduces maintenance costs.

Three Pond Park

This scenic park is located off of Colorado Blvd., about a quarter mile north of Quincy Ave in Cherry Hills Village. Bring the dog for a leisurely walk, enjoy yoga, ride your horse or gaze at the public art sculpture by Anthony Heinz May called "Beyin Withond."

High Line Canal Resurfacing

Arapahoe County Open Spaces granted $27,000 to the City of Cherry Hills Village in 2016 to resurface a three-mile section of the canal trail between Hampden and Belleview.

The newly resurfaced trail will provide a smooth, safe and accessible path for thousands of annual users including cyclists, walkers and joggers.

Trail Treatments and Master Planning

In 2015, Arapahoe County Open Spaces contributed $50,000 to Cherry Hills Village for a citywide trail improvement project. With that, 6.2 miles were treated - extending the life of the trails by 20 years and improving safety and accessibility for users. Additionally, Open Spaces provided $50,000 toward a trail survey and master plan for the city's more than 34 miles of trails. The master plan will help the city provide and maintain high-quality bicycle and pedestrian facilities for citizens and visitors.

May 2017

Arapahoe County Open Spaces

17 Mile House Farm Park

Visitors to the 17 Mile House Farm Park can step back in time at this 155-year old farm which served as a resting stop for pioneers traveling on the Cherokee/Smoky Hill wagon trail in the 1860’s. This heritage area includes an historic house, red barn, silo and milk shed which were restored to their known condition in the early 1900's.

17 Mile House Farm Park

The property is located at 8181 S. Parker Rd. in Centennial, just north of the Norton Farm Open Space and the Town of Parker. It features a trailhead to the Cherry Creek Regional Trail, picnic tables, a parking lot and restroom. The public is invited to our Open Houses one Saturday a month, and school tours are available on request by members of the Cherry Creek Historical Society.

Cheyenne Arapaho Park

Tsistsistas-Hinono'ei Park is the official name but most folks find it easier to call it Cheyenne/Arapaho Park. This beautiful and peaceful area honors the Plains Native American tribes with a Cheyenne/Arapaho-inspired sculpture and council gathering ring.

Cheyenne Arapahoe Park

Visitors can enjoy walking trails with park benches, an open turf grass play area, native plants and wildflowers. In order to maintain the natural beauty of the park, motorized vehicles and bicycles are not permitted. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. The park is located at 9200 E. Iowa Ave.

Richmil Ranch Open Space

Three miles of soft-surface trail awaits you at Richmil Ranch Open Space. The trail is a 2.4 mile loop with sweeping views of the eastern plains. It's a great place to hike, walk, take a nature trip or bird watch. It's also open for equestrian use.

Richmil Ranch Open Space

Along with prairie grasses and wildflowers, there's also a large windmill and a rehabilitated pond which provides water and habitat for deer, wild turkey and raptors. You can enjoy an open air shelter and picnic spot at the trailhead. The property is located at 77910 E. Highway 40 in Deer Trail in eastern Arapahoe County.

Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park

Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park is an educational nature preserve along the Cherry Creek Regional Trail. It's a natural riparian area where you can learn about the native plants and wildlife species. You can stroll along the wood boardwalk that crosses the wetlands and view the pond up close. Interpretive signage gives visitors a glimpse of local natural and cultural history.

Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park

Arapahoe County acquired the land in 1988 in hopes of developing it into a natural riparian landscape. The hiking trails are ADA accessible with benches along the trail to rest, there's a covered picnic gazebo and plenty of parking. The park is located at 7500 S. Jasper Ct. in Centennial.

April 2017

City of Centennial

Centennial Center Park

In 2010, Arapahoe County contributed $250,000 to the City of Centennial for the development of Centennial Center Park, a giant 11-acre park with recreational amenities including a playground, water play, climbing walls, picnic pavilions, restrooms and much more. The park is located at 13050 East Peakview Ave. in Centennial.

Centennial Center Park

In 2012, Arapahoe County contributed an additional $100,000 to the City of Centennial for the development of the Centennial Park Meadow Improvements. That project included building trails, a demonstration garden, landscaping and a picnic pavilion in the 3.5 acre open space next to Centennial Center Park.

Hunters Hill Park

Arapahoe County contributed $250,000 to South Suburban Park and Recreation District for the renovation of Hunters Hill Park. In 2016, the South Suburban Park and Recreation District unveiled two new age-appropriate play structures, new playground surfacing, park benches, a drinking fountain, shade trees and more.

Hunters Hill Park

Hunters Hill Park is located at 7275 S. Xanthia St. in Centennial. This newly-renovated playground provides the Centennial community with wonderful new play features for kids of all ages.

Willow Creek Park

Arapahoe County contributed $250,000 to the South Suburban Park and Recreation District for the Willow Park Improvement Project in Centennial. These funds were used to build a new playground, bridge, concrete trail, landscaping and much more.

Willow Creek Park

Willow Creek park is located at 8000 E. Phillips Cir. in Centennial. The project was completed in 2015 and is beloved by the Centennial community.

March 2017

City of Littleton

Centennial Academy Playground

Arapahoe County contributed $148,587 to the City of Littleton for the Centennial Academy Playground Renovation project. The new play structures, playground surfacing and unique amenities provide fun for all ages and abilities.

Centennial Academy Playground

The Centennial Academy Playground was completed in 2016 and is currently open to the public outside of school hours.

Cornerstone Park Pickleball Courts

Construction on the Cornerstone Park Pickleball Courts was completed in 2016, bringing a total of six new lighted pickleball courts with benches and a shelter to the Littleton and Englewood communities.

Cornerstone Pickleball Courts

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America. It's a low-impact sport, played with a paddle and whiffle ball on a surface similar to a tennis court. Arapahoe County Open Spaces contributed $250,000 to South Suburban Park and Recreation District to complete this project.

Creekside Experience Park

The Creekside Experience Park is the newest open space park added to the City of Littleton and South Suburban park and Recreation District's inventory. The land was acquired in 2008 for $1.8 M in partnership with Trust for Public Land, Great Outdoors Colorado, City of Littleton, South Suburban Parks and Recreation, Urban Drainage and Arapahoe County Open Spaces.

Creekside Experience Park

In 2013, the City of Littleton was awarded a $250,000 grant from Arapahoe County Open Spaces to design and construct the park. The theme for this new open space park emphasizes on connecting people to nature. Project elements include the design and construction of the park entry road, loop trail and nature discovery area.

February 2017

City of Englewood

River Run Trailhead

Arapahoe County Open Spaces has contributed $3.5 M toward this project during numerous phases of planning and development. Late in 2016, we celebrated the grand opening with partners including Sheridan and Englewood as well as South Suburban Park and Recreation District, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District and the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

River Run Trailhead

This scenic 8-acre riverfront regional destination includes whitewater features in the South Platte River, a natural playground, restrooms, picnic pavilions and connections to miles of trail along the beloved Mary Carter Greenway. River Run is located adjacent to Broken Tee Golf Coarse just NW of Santa Fe and Oxford Avenue. Get your personal flotation device and boogie board or pack a picnic lunch and come out to play at River Run this summer.

Duncan Park

A beautiful respite nestled into a quiet neighborhood, Duncan Park was completed in 2015 with $250,000 in funding support from Open Spaces. Features of the park include adventurous play equipment for all ages, walkways, pavilion, sport court, restrooms, athletic field and a horseshoe pit for a family gathering.

Duncan Park

Located in the City of Englewood at 4800 S. Pennsylvania Street, Duncan Park is near Belleview and Broadway in an area that was in great need of a community park. Bring the family for a picnic and lots of play and exploration this summer.

Hosanna Sports Field

Through your support of the Open Space Sales and Use Tax, the program was able to provide $250,000 for this multi-use synthetic turf field project in 2015. The turf field provides the Englewood community with year-round space for recreation programs, sports practices, games and open space play. The field is adjacent to the high school and located at 3800 S. Logan Street near US 285. More info here.

January 2017

City of Aurora

Del Mar Park

Open Spaces supported a $250,000 grant to the City of Aurora for Del Mar Park in 2015 to upgrade the playground equipment and add shade shelters along with new walking paths, parking improvements, a sand volleyball court and landscaping.

Del Mar Park

Del Mar Park is located at 12000 E. 6th Avenue in Aurora, just 100 yards away from the High Line Canal trail crossing at Peoria Street. Come out and play!

Aurora Sports Park

Arapahoe County Open Spaces awarded $278,000 in grant funding to bring lighting to four new sports fields at the park. Now, more than 400,000 annual park users can play into the evening hours.

Aurora Sports Park

The park is located at 19300 E. Colfax Avenue and is near three regional trail systems, Sand Creek, High Line Canal and Triple Creek. Open Spaces awarded a second grant of $200,000 for wayfinding signage and cross walks to improve traffic flow and safe pedestrian access to the park.

Spring Hill Park

Open Spaces provided a $250,000 grant to Aurora for the large shelter at Spring Hill Park, the concrete plaza and walkways, an accessible plumbed restroom, drinking fountain, seating and landscaping.

Spring Hill Park

Spring Hill is at 810 N Telluride St., Aurora and is just a half mile from Buckley Air Force Base. The park neighbors the Colorado Freedom Memorial and is a great location to sit and relax, have a picnic or BBQ with friends and family or simply reflect on the memorial and give thanks to those who have served in our armed forces.

Triple Creek Trail Connection & Trailhead

To date, Arapahoe County Open Spaces has invested $1.5 million through grants and other joint-project funding for this location. More than 3 miles of trail has been built to connect the High Line Canal, Sand Creek Trail and Triple Creek Trail.

Triple Creek Trail Connection & Trailhead

Trailhead construction will soon be underway providing some excellent amenities. In the meantime, you can jump on the trail at this location and gain access to more than 100 miles of trail network through the Denver metro area.

A great place to discover nature. Can you spot the deer?

Please visit Arapahoe County Open Spaces to learn more about the program. We will update this with new featured parks from throughout the County each month. Many thanks to all of the partner agencies we work with.

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