Feature Projects Arapahoe County OPen Spaces

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.

March 2017

Featured Projects in 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

Featured Projects in 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

Featured Projects in 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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