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City Officials Celebrate Official Opening of the North Section of Westerly Creek Park and Prairie Uplands

Deputy Mayor and Executive Director of Denver Human Services, Don Mares, joined by Councilman Chris Herndon (Dist. 8), city officials and community members, today celebrated the opening of the north section of Westerly Creek Park and Prairie Uplands adding 64-acres to the Denver urban park system.

Located at the confluence of Westerly Creek and Sand Creek in Stapleton, the new parkland improves connectivity, supports a healthier ecosystem and improves flood mitigation.

“Together, we are working to ensure that we are good stewards of our natural resources,” said Don Mares, Deputy Mayor and Executive Director of Denver Human Services.  “By providing more opportunity in our neighborhoods, like this new parkland, we are improving the quality of life here for everyone.”

Throughout the master planning of the Stapleton community, Denver Parks and Recreation worked closely with the developers to ensure that parks and natural habitats would be plentiful within the community.  New park improvements include: Westerly Creek channel stabilization and improvements; more than 400 new tree plantings and over 1500 new shrubs; a new bike/pedestrian bridge across Westerly Creek; more than 4,000 linear feet of new regional trail along Sand Creek; over 9,000 linear feet of concrete and soft surface park trails; more than 50-acres of vegetation, including 46.3-acres of short grass prairie; and more than 40-acres of new irrigation systems for establishing and maintaining the new park areas.

“We have created a space that will connect neighborhood to neighborhood and people to nature,” said Happy Haynes, Executive Director of Denver Parks and Recreation. “We remain focused on protecting Denver’s parks and open spaces, seeking out opportunities to add new acreage and designating these new parks and open spaces to ensure they are protected and available for generations to come.”

About Denver Parks and Recreation

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities are unrivaled in the Rocky Mountain West. The DPR system spans over a 148-year history, from the first park created in 1868 to nearly 20,000 acres of urban parks and mountain parkland today.