Jul 31, 2019
Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Happy Haynes, Executive Director of Parks and Recreation, Stacie Gilmore, City Councilwoman (Dist. 11) and Ken MacKenzie, Executive Director Mile High Flood District, today celebrated the completion of First Creek Park, the largest nature-play initiative connecting residents to natural outdoor experiences.
The new 6.3 acre park, located in Green Valley Ranch near 56th Avenue and Tower Road, is adjacent to the 12.2 First Creek Trail corridor in a growing neighborhood that previously lacked easy access to a quality park. The park provides stimulating activities and discovery opportunities for all ages and abilities to explore nature.
“Parks and open space play a vital role in celebrating and preserving the character of our city and neighborhoods, and I’m thrilled to see another parcel of parkland ready for residents to use and enjoy,” Mayor Hancock said. “First Creek Park delivers on the community investments promise we made to residents in the Elevate Denver bond program, and improves quality-of-life in this growing neighborhood.”
First Creek Park is an example of an innovative approach to park design that creates a space that connects the community, especially youth, with the environment. Inspired by the site’s existing features, the landscape and creek are an extension of the playground consequently cultivating a unique appreciation for the outdoors. The one-of-a-kind park provides the growing community with an asset that complements the neighborhood’s existing amenities, protects the natural environment for future generations and helps to improve quality-of-life.
Community input defined the design of the park which included protecting the existing trees and natural landscape, providing access to the creek, connection to the regional trail, and climbing features for a variety of age ranges. Design features focused on using natural materials including logs, boulders, plants, soils, and water that reflects the character of the local landscape.