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~ GREAT NEWS! ~
...after much anticipation...
Jefferson County Open Space has just announced a
Final Crown Hill Park Plan for the Current Project
As quoted from their website, JCOS states:
"Based on an abundance of information gathered through an extensive public involvement process, Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) has determined a final course of action for the current capital project at Crown Hill Park. This decision comes after thousands of citizens provided their input and ideas in a survey, community meetings and on site visits with JCOS staff. There was a broad range of thinking among community members with respect to the capital projects we were considering. In some cases, such as nature play areas, public desires were clear. In others, such as a shade structure and replacement of fitness equipment there was a lack of consensus among citizens. JCOS has taken all of this information into account and made a decision that honors goals for the Park as well as the common interest of citizens to keep the area as natural as possible. This current course of action does not preclude the addition of a shade trellis or fitness areas in the future based on community interest and need.
JCOS will Implement all ‘Givens’ discussed during the public involvement process. These include replacing the restroom, park information center (kiosk), adding three accessible and staff parking spaces and removal of all fitness stations. Please see MAP for locations.
Fitness Equipment– The existing equipment, that has reached its useful life and has deteriorated to sub standard levels, will be removed and will not be replaced. The concrete pads at the eight fitness station locations indicated on the map on the reverse will be removed, regraded and reseeded with natural grasses. This is in keeping with a strong citizen sentiment to keep the Park natural and our goal to preserve the views of the lake, Park and mountains. This work will be completed by June 30, 2013.
Tree Plantings – A larger water tap, from a 1” to 1.5”, will be purchased to support the new restroom needs and allow trees to be planted and irrigated in the one-acre area around the restrooms. Trees that need to be removed for construction or because they are invasive species such as Russian Olives will be replaced on a one-to-one basis in this area.
Shade Structure - A shade structure will not be added at this time. In order to accommodate nature education programs that were found to be more desirable than nature play, a small area north of the restrooms will be graded to create a flat surface to set up portable tents. This area could accommodate a shade trellis in the future. The necessary irrigation lines to water future tree plantings in this area will also be added to this area. This is within the one-acre area that JCOS could irrigate if the larger water tap is purchased.
With the removal of fitness equipment and concrete pads anticipated by the end of June, all other work on the givens and plantings will start in late August and be completed by late fall."
We appreciate your supportive efforts and your determination to help us all preserve Crown Hill for its peaceful, passive nature. Loudly, when communities unite for a common goal, our voices are heard. This grass roots effort has now become an important part of the Crown Hill legacy.
We want to thank Jefferson County Open Space for listening to the voices of the concerned citizens, for digging up old historical land documents and shedding light on this park's rich heritage. In this day and age where progress often equates to development, we are grateful that the original mission to preserve this wildlife habitat, in perpetuity, has not been forgotten. Moving forward, it is to our benefit to build a stronger relationship with JCOS. This starts with a simple thank you to express your appreciation.
Please send THANK YOU EMAILS to email@example.com
and address it to Jefferson County Open Space.
~ WHAT'S NEXT ~
Jeffco Parks Master Plan!
This is the year that Jefferson County Open Space is rewriting their Parks 5 Year Master Plan, and they are asking for Public Input during this month!
Make a Difference in Your Parks by Sharing your Opinions
JeffCo is combining the Open Space Master Plan with the Fairgrounds, CSU Extension, and Boettcher Mansion plans to create a new Parks Master Plan. However, many concerns have been identified by Crown Hill volunteers over the past several months that could cause problems at other parks. But with your involvement, these problems could be addressed in the Parks Master Plan. Volunteers are starting an effort, called Friends of JeffCo Open Space, to involve the public in the Master Plan process. Please see the new section (“JeffCo Parks Master Plan”) that has been added to the Friends of Crown Hill Website, and be sure to sign up to receive updates from Friends of JeffCo Open Space via: FOJCOS@YAHOO.COM
Mark your Calendar - Public Input Opportunities:
May 16, (Thu.) 12 – 1:30 pm, Jeffco Fairgrounds
15200 W. 6th Ave. Service Rd., Golden, CO 80401
May 21, (Tue.) 6 – 7:30 pm, Coal Creek Canyon Community Center
31528 Colorado Highway 72, Golden, CO 80403
May 22, (Wed.) 12 – 1:30 pm, Ken Caryl Ranch House
7676 S. Continental Divide Rd., Littleton, CO 80127
May 23, (Thu.) 12 – 1:30 pm, Jeffco Open Space
700 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, CO 80401
May 28, (Tue.) 6 – 7:30 pm, Boettcher Mansion
900 Colorow Road, Golden, CO 80401
May 29, (Wed.) 6 – 7:30 pm, Conifer High School
10441 County Highway 73, Conifer, CO 80433
If you cannot attend a public input meeting, notify JeffCo via email / letters that you want more public involvement in park management plans, more transparency, and more accountability.
We are group of local stewards, united by a common reverence for nature, wildlife and open space. Together, our mission is to preserve Crown Hill Open Space Park and respect and hold sacred the sanctuary that it is. Crown Hill uniquely captures the peace and pristine beauty that a natural
untouched environment offers. With grasslands and one of the last remaining wetlands in Jefferson County's Open
Space program, it serves as a wildlife sanctuary for countless species of animals. It’s a place where
people reflect, observe and respect the natural landscape. Visitors relish the tranquil “Openness” of this
wildlife preserve and meditate on the beautiful views and ever-changing, and ever-fascinating character of the land and water. To develop this
sanctuary into an urban park would undermine the trust we have placed in Jefferson County Open Space to
protect and maintain this precious resource that we cherish. Time is of the essence, so please take part.