The City of Arvada and Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) are working together to develop a new park in the Arvada Ridge area which seeks to meet identified public park service gaps and support higher education curriculum at the RRCC Arvada Campus.
One of the first of its kind in the nation, Arvada's newest park will focus on whole-body health and offer a variety of uses for all ages and abilities, provide interactive features, and improve community access to free health opportunities and solutions to chronic health issues. Residents, practitioners, faculty, students, artists, other stakeholders are invited to help shape the vision for this new park.
Final Master Plan
A Final Master Plan was developed in November 2017 as a result of earlier public open house, focus groups, and stakeholder feedback. The Final Master Plan combines elements from multiple concept plans presented to the public in September 2017 and supported throughout the public input process.
Final Master Plan (Below):
- Looped concrete trail and gravel path with multiple park entrances. Routes to all primary destinations are ADA-accessible.
- An amphitheater-style Outdoor Classroom tucked into the hillside on the west, taking advantage of existing topography, and becoming a staircase challenge
- To the northwest, a labyrinth, reflexology path, garden area, and large shade shelter are included.
- A turf lawn area is proposed central to the site for small group activities. .
- A smaller plaza and more active creative play area (no traditional play equipment) is proposed central and north of the turf activity area.
- Yoga, tai chi, and similar activities can be held in the shelters, outdoor classroom, or open lawn.
- Park shapes, colors, and directional elements within hardscape reflect Feng Shui principles.
Project Importance and Funding
This park as been elevated in priority by new and planned transportation (Gold Line and road network improvements) alongside new residential development. The park will help fulfill Arvada’s commitment of having a park within ½ mile or less of all households.
The project is partially funded by residential development fees. Project partners are currently seeking additional funding through grants and sponsor support.
Public Outreach Events
- May 18, 2017: A Public Open House/informational presentation held at Red Rocks Community College Arvada Campus.
- June 20, 2017: Focus Groups held at Arvada City Hall. Representation consisted of health practitioners, program providers, health & wellness advisers, technical oversight including equitable access, and representation from the community at large (either individuals or groups).
- September 18, 2017: Focus Groups held at Arvada City Hall. Representation consisted of health practitioners, program providers, health & wellness advisers, technical oversight including equitable access, and representation from the community at large (either individuals or groups).
- October 17, 2017: A Final Public Open House was held at Red Rocks Community College Arvada Campus.