The City of Brighton’s Parks and Recreation Department has completed a series of projects to upgrade and replace several of the city’s playgrounds and parks.
Since the first reported cases of COVID-19 hit Colorado in March, the Parks and Recreation Department has completed playground resurfacing on Sister Cities Park playground (3469 Rock St.) and Footprint Park (4515 Mt. Sneffles St.). The deteriorating old engineered wood fiber has been replaced by a new rubberized soft surface called poured-in-place and is expected to last 10 to 15 years depending on use. Both of these playgrounds are open for play.
The Parks and Recreation Department has also upgraded Veterans Park Playground and Colorado Park, both more than 20 years old. Veterans Park (405 W. Bridge St.) is renovated with new surfacing of poured-in-place material and new playground equipment. The park’s veterans theme carries over into the playground with stars and stripes on the three-story play structure. It also features a swing set, benches, and a three-story tall multiple slides and climbing structure. This playground is open for fun and play.
Colorado Park (265 Miller Ave.) carries a State of Colorado theme, with the bold colors of the state’s flag and letter ‘C’ spread across the space. Park goers can enjoy multiple slides, a climbing course, and a rope climbing structure named after a Colorado Fourteener. The Colorado Park playground will be open prior to July 1. The new connector trail from the Colorado Front Range Trail travels into Colorado Park, connecting the new lighted basketball and tennis courts and all other features in the park. In addition, there’s a new parking lot east of the tennis court.
The Parks and Recreation Department has also completed several lighting upgrades. Ken Mitchell (88 Kinglet Ct.) has new lighting for its basketball court, Thomas Donelson Park (4500 Midland St.) has new lighting installed for a future court and now lights the horseshoe pits, and Colorado Park has new lighting at its tennis and basketball courts. In addition, the Colorado Park parking lot has new lighting. The new lighting is LED with dark-sky lighting technology to center brightness on courts.
Funding for the upgrades at Sister Cities, Footprint, Colorado and Ken Mitchell Parks, and Veterans Park Playground was made possible through an Adams County Open Space Grant and City of Brighton funding. Lighting at Thomas Donelson Park was funded through the city.
Social distancing guidelines apply for public use. Playgrounds are restricted to up to 10 people at a time. A maximum of 25 people are permitted at a time per court or field. The City has posted new signage at playgrounds, parks, and courts to remind individuals of COVID-19-related health and safety measures.
If you have questions, please contact Mark Heidt, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-655-2170.