Park to get improvements


With the help of grant funding, Bell Roth Park in Thornton will receive a needed upgrade.

The park at Milky Way and Pecos Street, is also in the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District boundaries and is managed by the district. Joann Cortez, communications director for Hyland Hills, said the district received 47 percent of the funding from Adams County Open Space and the rest of the funding will be contributed by Hyland Hills.

The total cost of the park improvement is $350,800 and will include an eight-foot wide concrete trail that will connect to existing trails, new volleyball courts and playground equipment.

Picnic tables will be added to the area as well as barbecue grills and improved ADA accessibility.

“We are hoping to get going on this project post-haste so our residents can enjoy the improvements by summer,” Cortez said.

The surrounding neighborhoods in Federal Heights and Thornton are made up of high density, multi-family housing with minimal amenities. Cortez said the 11.5-acre park is already very popular among residents, and with the new upgrades, she expects the park to receive any more use.

“The residents in the area have been behind the project providing great support,” she said. “The park needed some work and is already heavily used, so we couldn’t be more pleased for everyone.”

Steven Durian, Community Services Director for Federal Heights, said the improvements will be a benefit to city residents in the area.

“Because the park borders our city, we are in support of the project,” he said. “It will be an asset to the community.”

Construction is set to begin soon, with completion scheduled for May 1.