DENVER (CBS4) – Denver’s Urban Park System just received 64 acres of new park land after ground was broken on three new parks on Tuesday.
Mayor Michael Hancock was joined by city officials and community members at the confluence of Westerly Creek and Sand Creek in Stapleton to announce the new acreage.READ MORE: Gov. Jared Polis To Request Federal Disaster Declaration For I-70 Mudslide Damage Through Glenwood Canyon
Denver Parks and Recreation said the new acreage “will again be enhanced over the next several years to include another 120 acres of parks and open space along the Sand Creek corridor north of I-70.”
Construction is set to begin immediately on all three parks. They are expected to be completed in November.READ MORE: 1 Dead In Hit & Run, Police Search For Suspect Driver, Vehicle
“Parks, trails and open spaces play a critical role in our city’s vitality. By providing more opportunity in our neighborhoods, like this new parkland, we are improving the quality of life here for all our people,” Hancock said.
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Construction work will include: Westerly Creek channel stabilization and improvements; more than 500 new tree plantings and more than 1600 new shrubs; a new bike/pedestrian bridge across Westerly Creek; more than 4,000 linear feet of new regional trail along Sand Creek; more than 9,000 linear feet of concrete and soft surface park trails; more than 40 acres of vegetation, including short grass prairie; and more than 40 acres of new irrigation systems for establishing and maintaining the new park areas.