Adams County open space projects to share $4.9 million

Staff Report
Posted 8/11/20

A series of 19 open space projects throughout Adams County — including one in Westminster and three in Thornton — will split $4.9 million in grants from a county program. Projects include new …

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Adams County open space projects to share $4.9 million

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A series of 19 open space projects throughout Adams County — including one in Westminster and three in Thornton — will split $4.9 million in grants from a county program.

Projects include new parks and open space access in Thornton and a water conservation preservation project at 112th and Vrain Street in Westminster.

Funding for the Fall 2020 grant cycle came from revenues from the second half of the 2019 Adams County Open Space Sales Tax, which was passed by Adams County voters in 1999. That vote created an Open Space Advisory Board that recommends open space projects to the Adams County Commissioners for funding. The grants are funded each year in the spring and the fall. Over the past 20 years, they have invested more than $212 million on more than 538 projects in parks and ope n space across Adams County.

Thornton will receive $1.6 million for three open space projects, Westminster will receive $5,000 and two Adams County projects will share about $196,000.

Thornton $1,649,196

Stocking Thornton Fishing Lakes and Ponds: $5,000

Project Summary: This project will fund the stocking of fishing lakes and ponds that have not been stocked for years. Thornton’s fishable lakes are warm water fisheries, where species like Bluegill, Channel Catfish, and Largemouth Bass thrive. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will stock the Lambertson Lakes, Marshall Lake, Sherwood Hills, Knotts Pond at Cherry Creek, Hunters Glen, Woodglen Brookshire, and Sage Creek Park.

New Park at 88th Avenue and Santa Fe Drive: $824,546

Project Summary: This grant will provide funding to purchase a 2.3-acre property to use as active parkland on Thornton’s west side of I-25, plus contribute to design and construction of a park on the property. The new park will be located between 88th Avenue and Santa Fe Drive in Thornton.

Thornton Trail Access and Improvements 2020: $819,650

Project Summary: This project will focus on building an underpass at Huron Street that will connect concrete trails within the Niver Open Space to the trail that follows the Niver Creek Tributary M. This project will improve safety for crossing Huron and will be paired with flood control improvements. In the Springvale neighborhood, a 150-foot “social trail” will be paved to connect the cul-de-sac of 137th Avenue with the larger trail network. The new trail and underpass will be located at 401 West 88th Avenue in Thornton.

Westminster: $5,000

Big Dry Creek Demonstration Habitat $5,000

Project Summary: This project provides an exciting opportunity for the City of Westminster and the Butterfly Pavilion to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation and wildlife habitat in our region. The project is located at the Big Dry Creek Open Space, 112th Avenue and Vrain Street in Westminster.

Adams County: $140,386

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge: $84,319.82

Project Summary: This grant will provide funding to build a 14-car parking lot around Lake Mary Trailhead and a concrete sidewalk to connect the trailhead to the accessible piers and floating boardwalk. The property is located within the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

Rotella Park Shade Structures: $56,067.50

Project Summary: This grant will provide funding to install shade structures at the playground at Rotella Park. The new shade structures will be retrofitted over the ages 2-5 playground equipment. The project is located at 1824 Coronado Parkway in Denver.

Aurora: $1,145,000

LuBird’s Inclusive Playground at Stanley Marketplace: $200,000

Project Summary: This grant will provide funding support to build a one-of-a-kind inclusive playground at Stanley Marketplace for children and families of all needs. The playground will be located at 2501 Dallas Street in Aurora at the Stanley Marketplace.

Sand Creek Park Shelter Construction: $170,000

Project Summary: This grant will fund the construction of a large group shelter at Sand Creek Park. The proposed shelter will have six tables and seating for 60. Fully accessible concrete walks will provide connections from the parking lot. A large plaza space will be located on the north side of the shelter allowing room for large events/receptions. Sandstone boulders and native plants will provide elements compatible with the surroundings and existing park features. A vault restroom adjacent to the parking lot will serve both park and trail users.

Parklane Pool Improvements: $775,000

Project Summary: This grant will provide funding support for the renovation of the Parklane Pool. The project will include the removal and replacement of the bathhouse with a new entry and ADA-compliant facilities and fixtures. Renovations will include the addition of an 1100 square-foot splash pad with water play equipment with a large water dump feature, an arch with sprays, and stream jets. This project is located at 13003 East 30th Avenue in Aurora.

Bennett: $201,800

Centennial Park Improvements: $39,000

Project Summary: This grant will provide funding to improve the drainage and add seating to this new and popular park. The park is located between Hancock Court and Centennial Drive in Bennett.

Brother’s Four Playground Improvement: $82,800

Project Summary: This grant will provide funding to improve the Town of Bennett’s oldest neighborhood park. The project will include replacing the playground equipment, resurfacing the play surface, replacing trash cans, adding a dog station, and adding two drainage pans to the street. The park is located between Kiowa Street and Ash Street in the Town of Bennett.

Trupp Park Phase IV (Amenity Improvements): $75,000

Project Summary: This grant will provide funding for the master plan and design for City View Park with an eye toward a complete re-imagining of City View Park. The project is located at 8150 City View Drive in Denver.

Facelift - Phase II - Bennett Park and Recreation District: $5,000

Project Summary: This grant will provide funding to replace an existing fountain with a dual water bottle station, a new motor for the baby pool, an upgrade to the security system, and new LED lights in the Pilates room. This project is located at 455 South First Street in Bennett.

Brighton: $1,322,996

Aichelman Open Space Property Phase I: $818,400

Project Summary: This grant will provide funding support for a new and safe access for open space and trail users in western Brighton. The project includes construction of an accessible asphalt entry drive to Ken Mitchell Open Space off Brighton Road that leads to a lighted parking lot/trailhead with adjoining concrete trail section, and site landscaping with prairie mix seeding. This historic open space features scenic western mountain vistas, lake fishing and bird and wildlife watching with outdoor and environmental education planned at this location in the future. The project is located between Brighton Road and Scott Drive in Brighton.

Environmental Education: The Key To A Sustainable Future - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies: $466,235

Project Summary: This grant will provide environmental education programs at the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. The year-round programs include camps, school field trips, school in-class programs, and community outreach programs. The project is located at 14500 Lark Bunting Lane in Brighton.

Bergman Barn Restoration - Barr Lake State Park: $34,361

Project Summary: This project includes removal of existing deteriorated siding and sheathing, installation of exterior trim, restoration of site fencing, and sheathing/siding replacement on the historic Bergman Barn. The project is located at 13401 Picadilly Road in Brighton.

Lake Appreciation Day 2020 - Barr Lake State Park: $4,000

Project Summary: This grant will provide funding for the 14th annual Barr Lake Appreciation Day. One of the main purposes of the event is to bring public awareness about water quality and issues that face our lakes and waterways, including the importance of keeping Barr Lake free of debris and dangerous obstacles that may harm mammals, birds, and water fowl that frequent the lake. Barr Lake State Park is located at 13401 Picadilly Road in Brighton.

Commerce City: $510,000

Alsup Elementary School Replacement Playground: $110,000

Project Summary: This grant will fund the construction of multiple student-inspired outdoor playground areas. The assistance will provide resources for an outdoor classroom, educational gardens, and other outdoor gathering spaces. These unique areas will encourage teachers to teach outside while also benefiting the families in the neighborhoods surrounding the new school building. The project is located at 4413 East 68th Avenue in Commerce City.

Veterans Memorial Park Renovation: $400,000

Project Summary: This grant will provide funding support for the renovation, which includes an inclusive playground (a first in the city), a nature playground, new shelters, new irrigation systems, additional sidewalks, a labyrinth, secured parking for city vehicles, landscaping, a flush restroom, and art keeping with the theme of the newly renovated and adjacent Eagle Pointe Recreation Center. The project is located at 6015 Forest Drive in Commerce City.

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