Since 2018, the District has been working hard to put the 2017 mill levy proceeds to excellent use by improving existing parks and facilities. The improvement projects proposed to be accomplished, starting in the year 2018, were outlined as part of the 2017 mill levy election.

In 2021, without raising taxes, proceeds from the 2020 mill levy extension will support the Vision 2030 Master Plan, which features improvements recommended as part of a public process throughout the District that will focus on:

  • Maintaining, conserving and improving parks, open spaces, and natural areas throughout the District;
  • Improving, connecting and extending recreational trails for walkers, hikers, and bikers;
  • Providing and improving existing active recreation opportunities, programs and facilities for all residents, including seniors, families and children;
  • Enhancing water conservation and energy efficiency by replacing or improving aging systems.

6th Avenue West Outdoor Pool

Community Outreach & Project Information:

  • An initial Conceptual Planning Survey was provided to the community and closed in late June 2021.  Community feedback was provided to the design team.  A second survey was sent to the community and closed in early September 2021.

 

Current Conditions:

  • This facility opened in 1974.
  • Based on the date of original construction, aspects of the building, layout and mechanical components possess levels of deficiencies with code-compliance on ADA requirements and building codes for energy efficiency.
  • Inefficient and out-of-date mechanical equipment and piping that appears to be original to the building are likely near or past their lifespan.
  • Existing pool structure is original and does not possess modern aspects to serve the younger generation to support positive play and experience in water, such as zero-depth entry and spray and play features.
  • Recommendation: If feasible, salvage some of the existing pool structures, add new components to existing pool structures to revitalize and modernize the pool and its programming, replace mechanical and piping systems, demolish and rebuild bathhouse to meet current requirements for code-compliance.
  • For the community’s information: The pool was not open in 2020 due to the pandemic.  The reason the pool could not open in 2021 was due to major underground plumbing leaks discovered during standard pool preparations.

Additional Background:

  • Foothills has determined that maintaining a lap pool provides a competitive facility, useful to many types of patrons.  A lap pool also provides an open swim opportunity that can be enhanced to improve the open swim experience.
  • Foothills is conducting testing and an engineering evaluation of the existing lap pool to determine its present condition and if it can continue to be utilized in the future. These tests were necessary after discovering the major underground plumbing leaks while attempting to open the pool for the 2021 season.
  • Foothills plans to demolish the existing buildings and rebuild them on site to accommodate the bathhouse and the mechanical systems.  This also allows us to provide accessibility and better spaces for patrons.
  • Given the small footprint of the site and to accommodate all of the building code requirements, Foothills anticipates needing to include the tennis court area for redevelopment.

Alper’s Farm Park

Improvements description: New bluegrass field and irrigation system, new entry walkway, new concrete walkway through the park, new tree planting, new site amenities, yard game area with corn hole, new pedestrian light, new half-court basketball court.

Community Outreach:

  • Meeting was held December 3, 2019.
  • Revised schematic plans were provided to the community for feedback.

Project Completed: Fall 2021

History: Foothills acquired the land in 2004.  The first phase of the park was constructed based on the 2006 park master plan.

Blue Heron Park

Improvements description: Replaced irrigation, reconfigured and replaced playground, shelter improvements, planted new trees

Community Outreach:

  • Meeting was held Tuesday, April 10, 2018.
  • Revised schematic plans were provided to the community for feedback.

Project Completed: July 2019

History: Foothills acquired the park in 1984, original park development took place in the mid 1980s.

Chaucer Park

Improvements Description: Replaced irrigation, new picnic shelter, new site amenities, new cement paths, playground replacement, planted new trees

Community Outreach:

  • My Dream Playground Meeting was held May 8, 2018.
  • Meeting for park improvements was held January 23, 2019.
  • Revised schematic plans for park improvements were provided to the community for feedback.

Projects Completed: Playground was replaced in August 2018, the remaining was completed July 2020.

History: Foothills acquired the park in 1984.

Christensen Meadows Park

Improvements description: Replaced irrigation, tree plantings with 100 student volunteers from Deer Creek Middle School, replaced playground with airplane and runway to tie into site history, updated park entrance, trail/sidewalk improvements, new shelter next to the playground, new benches and tables, native grass seeding

Community Outreach:

  • Meeting was held April 26, 2018.
  • Revised schematic plans were provided to the community for feedback.

Project completed: November 2019

History: Foothills acquired the park in the mid 1980’s, original park development was constructed by Wood Brothers Homes. This park was the site of the Columbine Airport from the late 1950s – 1972, historical article and image included in photos.

Clement Park – Sport Court Complex

Current Conditions of Sport Court Complex:

  • This park opened in 1987.
  • Three of the four tennis courts and basketball court are closed and unusable due to severe cracking of asphalt surfacing.
  • Recommendation: With the popularity and community requests for pickleball, construct 3 tennis courts and 10 pickleball courts. Remove batting cages and basketball court to make room for the pickleball courts.

Additional Background: The site now known as Clement Park was part of the Grant Family Ranch and was purchased from the Grant Family by Jefferson County Open Space for use as a park. In 1987, Jefferson County Open Space developed Clement Park with funds from the county-wide Open Space Tax. In 1989, the park was leased to Foothills Park & Recreation District for management purposes, and was deeded to Foothills in 2018.  As part of the Clement Park Redevelopment Master Plan, several improvements have been completed during a multi-year process from 2016-2019.  The District invested in renovating the batting cages located at Schaefer Athletic Complex that included offering 3-speed adjustable pitching machines, ranging from 40 – 70 MPH, as well as a choice of Baseball, Softball and Softball slow-pitch.

Columbine Hills Park

Proposed Improvements: Replace irrigation, additional amenities possible if the budget allows.

Temporary User Impact: Some areas will be restricted during construction/installation, specific dates TBA.

Anticipated Completion: 2021

History: Foothills acquired the land in 4 separate parcels beginning in 1962. Columbine Hills Park is one of the oldest Foothills parks.

Columbine Sports Park

Proposed Improvements: Replace irrigation, additional amenities possible if the budget allows.

Temporary User Impact: Some areas will be restricted during construction/installation, specific dates TBA.

Anticipated Completion: 2021

History: The athletic components of the site were developed in 1989-90 in part with a $47,000 gift from Columbine Sports.

Columbine Trail

Improvements Description: Removed and replaced the asphalt trail with a concrete trail between W. Canyon Trail and S. Kendall Blvd.  This project was part of a large improvement project of the Columbine Trail in partnership with Foothills Park & Recreation District, Jefferson County and CDOT.

Project Completed May 2020

History: The trail originated in the early 1980s, Foothills took over management of sections of the trail in 2003 from Jefferson County Open Space.

Columbine West Park

Proposed Improvements: This site will receive improvements in the near future, more details to come.

Community Outreach: Will be updated on this webpage and announced on our Nextdoor.com account and our Events Calendar.

Anticipated Completion: TBA

History: This park was constructed in 1973-74 with funding assistance from Ridgewood Realty.

Columbine West Outdoor Pool

Community Outreach & Project Information:

  • An initial Conceptual Planning Survey was provided to the community and closed in late June 2021.  Community feedback was provided to the design team. A second survey was sent to the community and closed in early September 2021.

 

Current Conditions:

  • This facility opened in 1974.
  • Based on the date of original construction, aspects of the building, layout and mechanical components possess levels of deficiencies with code-compliance on ADA requirements and building codes for energy efficiency.
  • Inefficient and out-of-date mechanical equipment and piping that appears to be original to the building are likely near or past their lifespan.
  • Existing pool structure is original and does not possess modern aspects to serve the younger generation to support positive play and experience in water, such as zero-depth entry and spray and play features.
  • Recommendation: Salvage a majority of the existing pool structures, add new components to existing pool structures to revitalize and modernize the pool and its programming, replace some mechanical and piping systems, demolish and rebuild bathhouse to meet current requirements for code-compliance.
  • For the community’s information: The pool was not open in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Additional Background:

  • Foothills has determined that it is feasible to retain the larger pool with refurbishment of the shell, and adding new gutters and plumbing. However, a consideration could be to modify the larger pool to include aspects like zero-depth entry and/or other improvements.  This would provide an opportunity to enhance the pool and improve the overall open swim experience.
  • Foothills has also determined that the diving pool could be retained with refurbishment. New amenities could be added to the existing pool like a diving platform and/or a drop slide.
  • We plan to demolish the existing building and rebuild on site to accommodate the bathhouse and the mechanical systems.  This also allows us to provide accessibility and better spaces for patrons.
  • There are some building requirements that will need to be addressed that did not exist when the facility was originally built in 1974.  These include conforming to the Americans with Disabilities Act, providing storm water detention on-site, and other, more stringent building code requirements.

Dakota Station Park

Improvements Description: Replaced irrigation, resurfaced tennis courts, new fencing/gates, new nets, replaced concrete walkways, planted new trees.

Community Outreach:

  • Meeting was held January 29, 2019.
  • Revised schematic plans were provided to the community for feedback.

Project Completed: May 2020

History: Foothills acquired the park in 1979.

Dewey Haberman Memorial Park

Improvements description: Replaced irrigation, new tree plantings, new concrete walks within the park, new half basketball court, updated amenities, and a new play pit with spinner, swing and accent boulders.

Community Outreach:

  • Meeting was held May 1, 2018.
  • Revised schematic plans were provided to the community for feedback.

Project completed: Fall 2019

History: Foothills acquired the park in 1977.

Eagle Meadows Park

Improvements description: Replaced irrigation, resurfaced tennis courts with pickleball lines and new fencing, replaced concrete walk through the park, new site amenities, new playground curb, planted new trees.

Community Outreach:

  • Meeting was held December 11, 2019.
  • Revised schematic plans were provided to the community for feedback.

Project Completed: Fall 2021

History: Foothills acquired the park in 1985.

Easton Regional Park

Proposed Improvements: New picnic shelter near restroom building, 4 shade structures over bleachers at Rockies Field and small baseball field, located in the northwest section of the park.

Temporary User Impact: Some areas will be restricted during construction/installation, specific dates TBA.

Anticipated Completion: 2021

History: The original park site, Waters Edge, was dedicated to Foothills in the late 1980s. Jefferson County Open Space purchased the remainder of the site in 1992 and later it was developed by Foothills into Easton Regional Park.

Foothills Golf Course – Clubhouse

Current Conditions:

  • Facility opened in 1971.
  • Based on the date of original construction, aspects of the building, layout and mechanical components possess deficiencies with code-compliance on ADA requirements, fire codes, and building codes for energy efficiency.
  • Inefficient and out-of-date mechanical equipment that appears to be original to the building are likely near or past their lifespan.
  • Recommendation: Total demolition of the existing structure and construction of a new facility.

Community Outreach:

  • Virtual Community Meeting was held via Zoom on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
  • Survey with concept plans was provided for community input. Feedback from survey was utilized for a revised concept plan.
  • Final Concept Plans – concept plans are for planning purposes only and do not reflect actual finishes, colors or placement.

Improvements Description: Demolish existing clubhouse, construct a new clubhouse, parking lot improvements

Temporary User Impact: Foothills Golf Course will be fully operational during construction. Construction is anticipated to begin Spring 2022. The pro shop will move to a temporary building in a different location – look for directional signage when this occurs. Some areas may be restricted during construction.

Anticipated Completion: TBA

Foothills Sports Arena

Improvements description: Indoor turf replacement.

Details: Current synthetic turf is original to the facility and has extended past its life expectancy of 10 years, replacing turf will keep the District competitive with similar offerings around the metro area and improve player conditions.

Project Completed: August 2018

History: Foothills opened this facility 2005.

Governor Grant Park

Improvements description: Replaced irrigation, new tree plantings, new entrance area, new shelter next to the playground, added new climbing playground element, new concrete loop walk, new benches and tables, new culvert crossing that replaced the bridge, native grass seeding.

Community Outreach:

  • Meeting was held May 2, 2018.
  • Revised schematic plans were provided to the community for feedback.

Project Completed: November 2019

History: Foothills acquired the park in 1983 and completed park development south of the creek in 1986.

Hoida Park

Proposed Improvements: This site will receive improvements in the near future, more details to come.

Community Outreach: Will be updated on this webpage and announced on our Nextdoor.com account and our Events Calendar.

Anticipated Completion: TBA

History: The park was acquired in 1972.

Kipling Trail

Improvements Description: Trail repairs and various section replacement.

Project Completed: January 2021

History: The Kipling Trail is 11.55 miles of easy paved trail running from US Highway 6, south to C-470. The Foothills section begins at Belleview and continues south to C-470.

Lakehurst Park

Proposed Improvements: Replace irrigation, new concrete walks, conversion of bluegrass to native in some parts of the park, new picnic shelter and drainage improvements. Additional improvements will be determined through community outreach.

Community Outreach: Will be updated on this webpage and announced on our Nextdoor.com account and our Events Calendar.

  • Virtual Community Meeting was held via Zoom on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 6 p.m.
  • You can view the 3/24/21 meeting with a password by emailing Sarah at smcafee@fhprd.org.
  • After the meeting, staff reviewed all comments received to determine next steps. After hearing the community input, the District has determined that the complicated nature of the internal sidewalks and pedestrian access will require some additional due diligence and research of easement documents and other documentation. Hopefully we can resolve this soon, however, it may take some time to identify and research all documentation. Once District staff assesses the documentation and some options for the existing walks become apparent, we will be reaching out to the Homeowners Association and the community to gather additional input. These future meetings will help us determine potential improvements throughout the park that hopefully meet both the goals of the community and District and also fit within the allocated budget.

Temporary User Impact: Some areas will be restricted during construction/installation, specific dates TBA.

Anticipated Completion: TBA

History: Foothills acquired the park in sections from 1963-1966.

Lakehurst West Park

Proposed Improvements: This site will receive improvements in the near future, more details to come.

Community Outreach: Will be updated on this webpage and announced on our Nextdoor.com account and our Events Calendar.

Anticipated Completion: TBA

History: This park was dedicated to Foothills in 1992 through Senate Bill 35 land dedication requirements.

Lilley Gulch Park

Improvements Description: New fencing, gates, surface and nets for tennis courts.

Project Completed: May 2020

History: Foothills acquired the park in 1979.

Lilley Gulch Recreation Center

Improvements description: Install air conditioning and wood floors in basketball gymnasium, repave north parking lot, replace weight stacks and free weights in cardio/weight room.

Details: The basketball gymnasium was not originally designed to include air conditioning and the former tartan sports flooring was outdated and not desirable to patrons and potential renters.  Replacing cardio equipment keeps the facility updated with what is popular in the fitness industry.

Projects completed:

  • Northeast Parking Lot (east of the gymnasium), completed May 2019
  • Basketball Gymnasium air conditioning system installation, completed April 2019
  • Replace cardio/weight room equipment, completed March 2019
  • Basketball Gymnasium flooring project, completed October 2018

History: Foothills opened this facility in 1982 with some portions of the building remodeled in 2004.

Lilley Pad Park

Improvements Description: Replaced play structure and bench.

Project Completed: August 2020

History: Foothills acquired the park in 1973.

Meadows Golf Club

Improvements Description: Repair parking lot.

Project Completed: Fall 2020

History: Foothills opened this facility in 1984.

Mechanical & Electrical Upgrades (multiple locations)

Improvements Description: Replace and install equipment in a variety of facilities to enhance energy efficiency and improve aging mechanical systems.

Project Completed: TBD

Ridge Recreation Center

COMPLETED PROJECTS
Improvements Description: Replace play feature in leisure/activity pool, replace cardio/weight room equipment.

Details: The feature was an original component of the pool and parts for repair/replacement were no longer available. Replacing cardio equipment keeps the facility updated with what is popular in the fitness industry.

Project Completed:

  • Replace cardio/weight room equipment, completed September 2021
  • Replace play feature in leisure/activity pool, completed August 2019

History: Foothills opened this facility in 2003.

IN PROGRESS
Improvements description: Add a splash pad to the outside sun deck.

Temporary User Impact: Some areas will be restricted during construction/installation, specific dates TBA.

Anticipated completion: 2021-22

Schaefer Athletic Complex

COMPLETED PROJECTS
Improvements Description: New design and layout of the batting cage site, including a new batting cage attendant building, benches, picnic tables and landscaping. New 3-speed adjustable pitching machines ranging from 40-70 MPH with choice of baseball, fast and slow-pitch softball, as well as height adjustment. Two ADA accessible cages. Improvements were also made to the parking lot including ADA parking and sidewalk.  Resurface Jason Jennings Adaptive Field with new, modern Mondo surface, and correct drainage issues.  Install two new playgrounds – one located near the ballfields entrance, the other located in the center of the multiuse fields that sit between the baseball fields and the Foothills Fieldhouse.

Projects Completed:

  • Install two new playgrounds, completed Summer 2021
  • Jason Jennings Adaptive Field replacement, completed Fall 2020
  • Batting Cage site project, completed June 2020

History: In 1972, the Federal Government dedicated 90 acres of Federal Correctional Institution land to Foothills.  50 acres were developed into the Schaefer Athletic Complex.  The other 40 acres were added to the Foothills Golf Course. Foothills acquired the batting cages from the original operator in 2005. The Jason Jennings Adaptive Field sits on the Schaefer Athletic Complex and was added to the site in 2005 as the first adaptive baseball field in the state of Colorado.

Stony Creek Greenbelts

Improvements Description: The old asphalt trail was entirely replaced with a new 8 foot wide concrete trail.

Project Completed: January 2021

History: Foothills acquired the greenbelts in 1984.

Trappers Glen Park

Improvements Description: Replaced irrigation, new shelter, new half court basketball, new site amenities, replaced entry sidewalk, updated crusher fine trail, planted new trees.

Community Outreach:

  • Meeting was held February 5, 2019.
  • Revised schematic plans were provided to the community for feedback.

Project Completed: May 2020

History: Foothills acquired the land in 1985, park was developed in 1991.

Valley View Park

Improvements Description: Irrigation improvements to bluegrass area, new picnic shelter, new playground, new site amenities, replaced concrete walk, planted new trees.

Community Outreach:

  • Meeting was held January 30, 2019.
  • Revised schematic plans were provided to the community for feedback.

Project Completed: October 2020

History: Foothills acquired the park in 1979.

Victory Park

Proposed Improvements: Replace irrigation, replace playground equipment, replace asphalt walks to concrete. Additional improvements will be determined through community outreach.

Community Outreach:

  • Concept Plans for Victory Park site improvements were provided in January 2021, comments were received by February 3, 2021. Concept plans are for planning purposes only and do not reflect actual finishes, colors or placement.

Temporary User Impact: Some areas will be restricted during construction/installation, specific dates TBA.

Anticipated Completion: 2021

History: Foothills acquired the park in 1982.

West Laurel Park

Proposed Improvements: This site will receive improvements in the near future, more details to come.

Community Outreach: Will be updated on this webpage and announced on our Nextdoor.com account and our Events Calendar.

Anticipated Completion: TBA

History: A portion of this park was dedicated to Foothills in the early 1980s. A second parcel was leased to Foothills from Jefferson County Open Space about the same time. The park was originally called Columbine Knolls South Park.

Westbury Greenbelt

Proposed Improvements: Replace irrigation, replace damaged concrete trail.

Community Outreach:

  • Concept Plans for Westbury Greenbelt site improvements were provided in January 2021, comments were received by February 3, 2021. Concept plans are for planning purposes only and do not reflect actual finishes, colors or placement.

Temporary User Impact: Some areas will be restricted during construction/installation, specific dates TBA.

Anticipated Completion: 2021

History: The developer of the Foothills Green Subdivision built this greenbelt and dedicated it to Foothills in 1976.

Westbury Park

Proposed Improvements: This site will receive improvements in the near future, more details to come.

Community Outreach: Will be updated on this webpage and announced on our Nextdoor.com account and our Events Calendar.

Anticipated Completion: TBA

History: This park was originally developed and dedicated to Foothills in 1978 by the developer of the adjacent Foothill Green Subdivision.

Westfield Park

Proposed Improvements: Replace irrigation, playground replacement, ADA access, conversion to native grasses in some parts of the park and drainage improvements. Additional improvements will be determined through community outreach.

Community Outreach: will be updated on this webpage and announced on our Nextdoor.com account and our Events Calendar.

  • Virtual Community Meeting was held on February 16, 2021.
  • Concept Plans for Westfield Park site improvements were provided in March 2021, comments were received by March 17, 2021. Concept plans are for planning purposes only and do not reflect actual finishes, colors or placement.

Temporary User Impact: Some areas will be restricted during construction/installation, specific dates TBA.

Anticipated Completion: 2021

History: Foothills acquired the park in 1972.

Williamsburg I Park – Trail work

Improvement Description: Replaced existing trail with a new 6 foot wide concrete trail.

Project Completed: November 2020

History: Foothills acquired the park in 1984.

Willow Creek Park

Proposed Improvements: This site will receive improvements in the near future, more details to come.

Community Outreach: Will be updated on this webpage and announced on our Nextdoor.com account and our Events Calendar.

Anticipated Completion: TBA

History: This park was dedicated to Foothills in 1985.

Wingate South Park

Improvements description: Trail improvements, new playground installed for ages 2-5, planted new trees, shelter and landscape improvements.

Community Outreach:

  • Meeting was held April 25, 2018.
  • Revised schematic plans were provided to the community for feedback.

Project Completed: September 2019

History: Foothills acquired the park in 1985.

Woodmar Square Park

Improvements description: Replaced irrigation, new shelter with grills, new site amenities, planted new trees, new playground curb, new perimeter walkway and ADA access around playground and shelter, new pedestrian crossing along W. Peakview Dr.

Community Outreach:

  • Meeting was held December 17, 2019.
  • Revised schematic plans were provided to the community for feedback.

Project Completed: Fall 2021

History: The park was dedicated to Foothills in 1977.