Park Improvements

The Parks and Recreation Capital Improvement Plan identifies the need for improvements to many of the Town's existing parks. Mitchell Gulch, Centennial and Plum Creek parks are currently in the park improvement process in order prioritize safety and accessibility improvements, life cycle replacement and enhance user experience.

Funding

These projects are funded through the Conservation Trust Fund (lottery proceeds) and Douglas County Shareback. Approximately $4 million will be available 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. Centennial Park
  2. Mitchell Gulch Park
  3. Plum Creek Park

Centennial Park

Dedicated in 1976, Centennial Park originally consisted of the parking lot, pool, playground, horseshoe court and pavilions, all located on the lower southwest corner of the site. The upper tennis and basketball courts, paved pathways, multi-use field and overlook shelter were added a few years after the original play area. Although portions of Centennial Park have been improved over the years, the tennis and basketball courts have not had significant upgrades since their original installation. 

View a timeline of the history of Centennial Park (PDF).

Park improvement efforts will focus on the courts, as well as addressing necessary improvements to provide accessibility and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Specifically, areas of focus include:

  • Tennis and basketball court surfacing and amenities, originally installed in the 1970s
  • Court parking lot improvements
  • Court seating opportunities
  • Court pedestrian connections and access
  • Landscape and drainage improvements

In order to address these life-cycle replacement costs, the Town applied for a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant in October of 2021 and 2023. Unfortunately, other agencies/projects were selected for both grant cycles, so the Town is moving forward with a simplified renovation design plan in 2024 and will initiate construction in 2025. 

As part of the grant application process a questionnaire was available for resident feedback for six weeks during the summer of 2023. Questionnaire findings are shown in the graphic below.

Centennial Park Questionnaire Findings Opens in new window

Click here for an accessible version of the questionnaire findings graphic.

Aerial map of Centennial Park showing surface damage, life cycle wear, connectivity issues


Renovation Update

  1. Although construction activity at Mitchell Gulch Park will continue into the summer, phase one of the renovation is now complete. The playgrounds, fit course, pavilion, cornhole and basketball court are complete and open for use. The opening of the restroom is delayed due to some plumbing damage from the freezing temperatures earlier this year. Looking ahead, an acrylic top coat will be applied to the new tennis courts. Completion of the associated parking lot, installation of the new BMX pump track and landscaping will be added this spring as temperatures allow. Once completed, the Town looks forward to celebrating and sharing the project with the community this summer, including the addition of the first-class tennis court facility that will be available for programmed and drop-in use. Learn more about project updates and grand opening plans at CRgov.com/ParkImprovements.

    Updated Feb. 15, 2024