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The Rainbow East Park Playground renovation tentative re-opening date is Friday September 27. Thank you for your patience as we complete the installation and audit the new equipment for safety.

2019 Playground Renovations: Ralston Valley Park & Rainbow East Park

Did you know? The City of Arvada checks playgrounds across the City for accessibility and other important maintenance and safety factors as part of the City’s “Taking Lasting Care” (TLC) Program.  Ralston Valley Park Playground and Rainbow East Park Playground are the 2019 priorities for complete playground replacement. 

Public events to gather your initial preferences were held in each of the parks on November 10, 2018. Surveys were also available online. The City used your feedback to guide new playground designs, with follow-up events and surveys showcasing final designs based on your input in April 2019.  The designs you chose are in the Photo Gallery below. Minor design revisions reflecting specific public requests received during the engagement process have been made. Arvada City Council approved the contracts to replace the playgrounds on June 17, 2019.

Rainbow East Park Playground

  • Renovation underway. Expected Completion: Mid-October 2019
  • The final design was chosen by the community through public engagement events, and offers themed equipment unlike anything else in Arvada. An elephant, gorilla, and a jungle cat set the stage for exciting play activities including numerous slides, unique climbers, a cozy cocoon, hangout area, and swings (2 tot, 2 belt). 

Ralston Valley Park Playground 

  • Renovation Timeline: September 2 - October 31, 2019
  • The final space themed design was chosen by the community through public engagement events. The centerpiece of the design is a very tall structure with three slides including an exciting corkscrew slide, flanked by an inclusive spinner, climbing boulders, and moon rover! Swings are also included (2 tot, 2 belt). 

2018 Updates

Danny Kendricks West Park and Farmstead Park Playgrounds 

On June 4, 2018, Arvada City Council approved a resolution to proceed with playground renovations at Danny Kendricks West and Farmstead Parks. These all-new playgrounds are themed for fun and creative play! Farmstead Park is designed with a farm theme, while Danny Kendricks West embraces our heritage with a Pioneer West theme. Time to go get active! Both parks re-opened Monday, October 8. See Photo Gallery Below.

2017 Updates

Stenger Sports Complex Playground Renovation

On June 19, 2017, City Council approved a resolution to proceed with renovation of the playground at Stenger Sports Complex. The all-new playground incorporates physical, sensory, and inclusive play activities promoting movement, social interaction and FUN! The project is made possible by Arvada Parks' Taking Lasting Care Capital Maintenance Program. The playground is now open! See Photo Gallery Below.

Van Bibber Creek Trail: Trailside Activity Area 

What's new along Van Bibber Creek Trail, west of the new Kipling Underpass? An activity station and rest stop just opened along one of Arvada's premiere Regional Trails, the Van Bibber Creek Trail. Funded in part with a Jefferson County Open Space grant, a shaded picnic area and series of fitness equipment offers amazing views of Harold D Lutz Baseball Fields as well as foothill and mountain vistas as you exercise or relax. Ride your bike or take a walk to explore Arvada's newest recreational destination.  See Photo Gallery Below.

Parks Generated by Residential Development

Residential development in Arvada is required to help offset the recreational demands generated by new residents and contribute toward Arvada's Park System.  Completion status of new parks generated by residential development as follows:

Olde Town Area:

  • Stocke-Walter Park complete (6804 Grandview Ave)

Leyden Rock Development: 

  • Lookout Park complete (17630 W 84th Pl)
  • Daybreak Park complete (16684 W 86th Ave)
  • West Ridge Park in construction; anticipated completion 2018 (W 85th  & Culebra St.)

Whisper Creek Development: 

  • Whisper Creek Park 95% complete (13952 W 89th Pl)
  • Panorama Park Phase 1 complete; Phase 2 not yet scheduled (9032 Gladiola St)

Candelas Development: 

  • Church's Crossing Park complete (19871 W 94th Ave)
  • Cimarron Park complete (15801 W 93rd Pl)
  • Maverick Mesa Park complete (16960 W 94th Ave)
  • Sarah George Park complete (16136 W 94th Dr)
  • Haystack Plateau Park in construction; anticipated completion 2018 (18114 W 93rd Dr)


For more information, please contact our Parks Department 720-898-7400

Photo Gallery

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