ARVADA, CO – As part of the three-year Healthy Places Initiative, the City of Arvada has re-opened Terrace and Homestead Parks with additional amenities, including trails, a dog park, outdoor fitness equipment, lighting, and improved ADA access.
The Healthy Places Initiative: Designing an Active Arvada is an initiative intended to inspire and support the development of a healthy Arvada. Through community-led processes, Healthy Places has helped Arvada become a healthier place to live, work, and play. The initiative aims to increase physical activity by fostering a built environment where it is easier, safer, and more appealing to engage in daily activities that encourage movement, connection, and fun.
City staff worked with resident champions through a neighborhood engagement process that began during the summer of 2014. The engagement process included outreach and surveying residents in southeast Arvada to identify priority areas for infrastructure improvements to the built environment and healthy programming.
“Both the Terrace Park and Homestead Park neighborhoods have really embraced the park redesign process and are now working as organized groups to help maintain their parks,” said Healthy Places Coordinator Rose Chavez.
Through year one of the Healthy Places Initiative, five project nodes with a ½ mile radius were identified: the three FasTracks RTD transit stations that will open in October of 2016, and two neighborhood parks, Terrace Park and Homestead Park. The selection of these project nodes was intended to direct the Healthy Places Initiative funding investment to ensure safe routes to these important destinations as well as infrastructure and healthy programming, with the objective of getting more people outside and engaged in healthy activities.
During the summer of 2015, residents worked with City staff and consultants to enhance both Terrace and Homestead Parks through the lens of a complete park system. Residents participated in hands-on design charrettes to influence the improvements, which include:
- A continuous trail loop around the park for all abilities
- A dog park to encourage more social interaction in the neighborhood
- Outdoor fitness equipment in proximity to the playground structure to create an intergenerational activity zone
- Pedestrian path lighting throughout the park
- A picnic pavilion where visitors can enjoy outdoor parties and celebrations
- Improved ADA access to benefit visitors and residents with disabilities
- Additional benches, trash cans, and new tree plantings at the entrances
Arvada Mayor Marc Williams said, “Together, these improvements will encourage residents to spend more time in the park, enjoy recreating, engender pride of place and increase residents’ interaction with one another.”
About Healthy Places: Designing an Active Arvada
Healthy Places: Designing an Active Arvada is an initiative funded by the Colorado Health Foundation. The City of Arvada is proud to have been selected as one of three Colorado communities to participate. If you are interested in being involved in Healthy Places or finding more ways to be active, visit healthyplacesarvada.org .
- by City Manager