This year, Arapahoe County distributed more than $10 million in Open Space Shareback funds, which was divided among the following cities and towns, based on population:
Aurora, $5.99 million; Bennett, $7,425; Centennial, $2.09 million; Cherry Hills Village, $124,886; Columbine Valley, $26,212; Deer Trail, $11,383; Englewood, $630,073; Foxfield, 14,378; Glendale, $87,168; Greenwood Village, $291,593; Littleton, $823,032; and Sheridan, $123,369.
In addition to Open Space Shareback funds, 12 percent of annual open-space tax revenue is set aside for competitive grants to eligible special districts and municipalities. The county awarded more than $2 million in grants for 15 open-space, park and trail projects. Grant recipients generated an additional $3.7 million in required matching funds.
Projects funded for 2013 include:
Arapahoe Park and Recreation District — Piney Creek Trail crossing. Grant: $200,000; match: $91,500. The district will replace an existing bridge with a new bridge or low water crossing.
City of Aurora — Del Mar Park renovation. Grant: $250,000; match: $1,940,600. This grant will be used to renovate the park to include a destination playground, large group picnic shelter and improved public space.
City of Aurora — Ponderosa Preserve acquisition. Grant: $250,000; match: $229,700. Aurora will purchase approximately 10 acres of land for buffer and open space purposes.
Dove Valley Metropolitan District — Happy Canyon Trail and bridge. Grant: $240,000, match: $90,000. This grant will be used to design and construct a concrete trail and pedestrian bridge to connect the Happy Canyon Trail to the Cherry Creek Regional Trail.
City of Englewood — Duncan Park Development Phase I. Grant: $250,000; match: $175,000. Englewood will develop a former school site to include a picnic pavilion, athletic field, restrooms, basketball court, playground, horseshoe pit, irrigation system, landscaping and walkway.
City of Littleton — Lee Gulch Overlook. Grant $125,000; match: $125,000. Littleton will use this grant to design and construct site improvements including new trailhead information sign, trail connection from parking lot, overlook seating, interpretive signage and trail access to pond.
City of Littleton — Murray Nature Discovery Area. Grant: $250,000; match: $250,000. Littleton will design and construct improved entry road, parking area, loop trail and nature discovery area.
South Suburban Parks and Recreation District — Willow Creek Park improvements. Grant: $250,000; match: $355,000. South Suburban will improve the park’s playground, pedestrian bridge and trail connections in an effort to increase, enhance and diversify current use.
South Suburban Parks and Recreation District — Centennial Link Trail Phase III. Grant: $250,000; match: $400,000. This grant will be used to complete the final link of the two-and-a-half-mile Centennial Link Trail.
City of Greenwood Village — Tommy Davis Park outdoor fitness equipment. Grant: $25,000; match: $4,000. Greenwood Village will replace out-of-date outdoor exercise stations with new, state-of-the-art equipment in an effort to support healthy lifestyles.
Arapahoe County Recreation District — Four Square Mile Area. Grant: $50,000; match: $32,500. This grant will be used to assess the needs and opportunity for potential open space acquisitions, potential new uses at established parks and neighborhood connectivity to nearby trails.
Town of Bennett — Kiowa Bennett North Trail link. Grant: $36,000; match: $43,200. Bennett will engineer and design the regional trail connection from Arapahoe County to Adams County.
Byers Park and Recreation District — Byers Community Park renovation. Grant: $12,400; match: $3,700. Byers will create a site plan and construction documents for the Byers Community Park.
City of Cherry Hills Village — Quincy Farm management plan. Grant: $25,000; match: $30,000. Cherry Hills Village will develop a long-term strategy and management plan for the future of the Quincy Farm historic property.
Town of Foxfield — Foxfield trail system. Grant: $30,000; match: $3,000. With this grant, Foxfield will update the town’s trail map to incorporate connections to other regional trail systems.
To learn more about Arapahoe County Open Space, visit www.arapahoegov.com and download the 2013 Community Guide.
Source: Arapahoe County