Public meeting discusses uses for future park

The Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District hosted a public meeting on April 10 on the Clear Creek Valley Park site to gain input on the design plan for the 86-acre park located immediately north of I-76 between Lowell Boulevard and Tennyson Street in south Adams County. Photo by Ashley Reimers
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The first of two public meetings was conducted on the future Clear Creek Valley Park site in south Adams County. The meeting on April 10 was hosted by the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District and MIG, the design firm on the project.

Located immediately north of Interstate 76 between Lowell Boulevard and Tennyson Street, the Clear Creek Valley Park site is an 86-acre parcel owned by Hyland Hills. With assistance from Adams County Open Space grant money, in 2002 the district began the process of acquiring the land. In 2007, the district developed a multi-use design plan for the area to include trails and open space.

The goal of the public meeting was to solicit input from the community on the design plan, hear comments and answer questions. Since the original design plan was developed in 2007, Paul Kuhn MIG senior associate said it’s important to hear from the residents now on what they want in the park.

“The 2007 plan is a good plan, but things can change and we want to hear from people on what they want changed and what they want to stay the same,” Kuhn said. “We want to make sure we are hitting all of the right notes.”

Terry Barnhart, a planner with Hyland Hills, said it’s important to have a plan that meets the needs of the district. Ideas for the park include a wide range of uses including: multi-use turf field, children’s play area, picnic shelters, walking trails, fishing and piers at the multiple ponds, paddle boating, sand volley ball courts, amphitheater, farmers market and a skate park. During the meeting, attendees participated in a dot priority exercise to vote for the most important aspects wanted in the park.

“In 2007, we decided to have 70 percent remain as open space and trails and 30 percent would be a more active area,” Barnhart said. “We are sticking to that plan.”

Because of the multiple ponds in the park, some residents were concerned with mosquitoes and others were concerned with the future of the tree farm in the area.

“The district monitors the mosquitoes in all of our ponds, to the mosquitoes shouldn’t be an issue,” Barnhart said. “As for the tree farm, we plan on keeping it but it could be moved. We are exploring the possibility of working with District 50 in maintaining the farm.”

For people who missed the first public meeting, a second is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 8 at Carl Park Community Center, 5401 Meade St. in Denver. For more information on the Clear Creek Valley Park site, visit www.hylandhills.org.