Unincorporated Arapahoe County Featured Projects

Cottonwood Trail Bridge and Improvements

The County awarded Cherry Creek Vista Park and Recreation District, Arapahoe County provided grant funding for the replacement of two boardwalk-type channel crossings bridges by constructing two non-motorized, multi-modal bridges across Cottonwood Creek just west of the Peoria underpass to Cherry Creek State Park. When completed, the bridges and associated trail improvements will close a gap in the Cottonwood Creek Trail System. It will encourage a significant increase in trail use along Cottonwood Creek by residents from neighboring communities like Creek Vista Park & Recreation District, The Hills, Hills West, Sundance Hills and Arapahoe Lakes. The trail will support pedestrian walkers & joggers, bicyclers, horseback riders, skateboarder and roller skaters, cross-country skiers, bird watchers and nature lovers, including those with physical disabilities. 

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Creekside Park at Piney Creek

The Goodman Metropolitan District (Goodman) was the recipient of a 2014 grant from the Arapahoe County Open Space Grants Program to assist in the revitalization of Creekside Park, located on South Tower Road in The Farm community. The Grants Program is funded by the Open Space sales and use tax and is used for the development and enhancement of local parks, trails, and open spaces. Goodman used the grant funds, in addition to its own funds, to construct a modern forest themed playground suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities, a new park shelter, a state-of-the-art plumbed restroom, additional lighting around the playground area, and a functional stepped seating area which provides a bird’s eye view of the entire park. In revitalizing Creekside Park, Goodman worked closely with its residents throughout the design and construction process, and the new park is already receiving glowing reviews.  

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Five Acre Park

Five Acre Park provides a baseball field, multipurpose sports field, playground, picnic shelter, and walking trail for residents of central Arapahoe County. Strasburg Park and Recreation District received two Arapahoe County Open Spaces grants totaling $50,000 to add park amenities such as seating areas, signage, bike racks, new bleachers, and a pet waste station, as well as drought resistant landscaping. The new amenities have provided youth sports leagues and other park visitors with an improved recreation experience.

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Happy Canyon Trail and Bridge

A $240,000 grant from ACOS helped build a bridge to connect two segments of the Happy Canyon Trail, creating better connectivity between area neighborhoods and the Cherry Creek Regional Trail. The project, completed in 2016, was a partnership between Dove Valley and Parker Jordan Metropolitan Districts and was the final phase of the 2.1 mile Happy Canyon Trail.