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Posted on: May 2, 2022

Cheyenne-Arapaho Park expansion project to benefit community

Cheyenne-Arapaho Park Updates

Construction will begin mid-May 2022 on a project to renovate and activate the west side of Cheyenne-Arapaho Park in the Four Square Mile area of unincorporated Arapahoe County. The 4.6-acre park located at 9200 E. Iowa Ave. approximately one-half mile north of Parker Road has filled a gap in neighborhood parks in the area, and a master plan process has set a roadmap for park improvements based on community needs.

The Open Spaces project is part of an ongoing effort to improve park access and amenities throughout Arapahoe County, from the most urban areas to most rural parts of the County.

New amenities will include a community garden, off-leash dog area, natural play area with extended cottonwood creek bed, and multiple picnic and shade areas. The park currently has a walking path, turf area, and benches to enjoy the peaceful, natural setting. Estimated project completion is early 2023.

The park project will benefit residents by supporting quality of life and providing additional opportunities for recreation and nature experiences close to home. Historically, busy roadways through the dense area have made it challenging for residents to access nearby parks and trails.

View the park design plans, timeline, and updates on the Cheyenne-Arapaho Park project page.

Park History

Cheyenne-Arapaho Park is an important part of the County’s history; it is the first park in the metro area to pay tribute to the Cheyenne and Arapaho peoples. The east side of the park opened in 1996 with a formal blessing ceremony by tribe leadership. 

The original park was designed to depict traditional Native American values, bringing a sense of peace and harmony and a natural feel with native vegetation, red gravel paths, and ceremonial ring of rocks to symbolize traditional council gatherings.

A sculpture at the main entrance pays homage to the Cheyenne and Arapaho and their close connection to nature. The park’s newer west side will also include design elements in tribute to Native traditions. Read a 1995 Denver Post article about the park's cultural significance. 

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