Park Improvements

The Parks and Recreation Capital Improvement Plan identifies the need for improvements to many of the Town’s existing parks. Butterfield Crossing, Mitchell Gulch and Plum Creek area parks will receive the first round of renovations beginning in 2021, prioritizing safety and accessibility improvements, life cycle replacement and enhancing user experience.

Planning Process

The department contracted professional landscape architecture firms to engage residents and staff in the renovation planning process. In 2020, Design Concepts was awarded the design contract to create the overall improvement plan for Butterfield Crossing Park; DHM Design was selected to develop plans for Mitchell Gulch and Plum Creek area parks.

Both firms first met with Parks and Recreation Department staff to review current and future programming needs and maintenance issues and discuss potential enhancements for each site. Using these discussions as a starting point, the firms then posted surveys and online forms in June 2020 to help convey needed repairs to community members and to solicit public feedback for improving these older parks. Design Concepts also invited residents to take an accessibility survey regarding possible inclusive playground additions for Butterfield Crossing Park. 

After incorporating public and staff feedback, renovation concept sketches were created for each park site and posted on the Town’s website for resident review and additional public comment in fall 2020. Input from these surveys was then incorporated into renovation master plans for each park, which will be used when prioritizing future upgrades. 

Next Steps

New contracts with the design firms were approved to create the construction drawings, specifications and bid documents for each site. The design and review process is expected to take six months. Completed plans have been submitted to Development Services for approval and the projects are in different stages for being routed for the competitive bidding process. Mitchell Gulch and Plum Creek North are currently under review and permits are in place for Butterfield Crossing Park and Plum Creek South. Construction is expected to begin after future Council approval.


These projects are funded through the Conservation Trust Fund (lottery proceeds) and Douglas County Shareback. The Douglas County Shareback tax is scheduled to sunset at the end of 2023. 

Approximately $4 million will be available through 2023 and will be dedicated to bringing existing parks to current standards. Available funding will be allocated across sites in accordance with needs based on the bids received.

  1. Butterfield Crossing Park
  2. Mitchell Gulch Park
  3. Plum Creek South and North Parks

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Originally constructed more than 30 years ago, Butterfield Crossing Park is in need of several improvements. 

The asphalt basketball and tennis court surfaces have deteriorated, and the Mateflex tiles that were put in place have reached the end of their life span. The irrigation system also requires significant upgrades and the existing playground needs replacement. The 15-year-old synthetic turf also reached the end of its lifespan and was replaced in late fall of 2021. Additionally, accessibility improvements are required. 

Several of the desired elements indicated through public surveys were placed into the final renovation master plan, including: fitness stairs, an additional paved path, a relocated and expanded playground including proposed inclusive features, new courts and upgraded ADA accessible restrooms. The scale of improvements may provide the opportunity to provide an inclusive playground, pickleball courts, upgraded LED lighting and a revised plaza area. 

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Survey Results

Butterfield Crossing Park map