**JeffCo Open Space Master Plan Update Summer/Fall 2013 – See Details Under “JeffCo Open Space Master Plan”**
Future of FriendsofCrownHill.org
Managers of this website intend to keep this website available for all the people who have shown their concern and love for this unique Park. As construction moves forward on the restrooms and other items, and as new issues may arise, new proposals floated, management plans revised etc., we hope that this resource will enable our passionate network of concerned citizens to maintain communications and foster effective public input.
While the pace of activities will likely slow down, please feel free to comment on what you see, don’t see, and want to see at the Park. You are also encouraged to participate on the efforts to ensure that the JCOS Parks Master Plan to be developed this year reflects the values and opinions that have been expressed over the past several months. Please check that tab regularly.
When the Regional Management Plan that includes Crown Hill is undertaken, that too will be posted along with opportunities for input on that effort.
Please let us know your thoughts on how best this website can serve the community of Crown Hill supporters.
Thank you all for your efforts in preserving what we love most about Crown Hill Open Space Park!
Crown Hill Final Plan for Current Project Announced 5/13/13
No more structures to be added at this time
This is great news – Thank you to all of the volunteers who worked to preserve Crown Hill and thank you to JeffCo Open Space for listening to the public!!
– The fitness stations will be removed and will not be replaced.
– A shade structure will not be added at this time, but a “small area north of the restrooms will be graded to create a flat surface to set up portable tents. This area could accommodate a shade trellis in the future.”
– Trees might be planted near the restroom, or at least any that are taken out during construction of the new restroom will be replaced one-for-one.
Details from the Crown Hill website:
“Based on an abundance of information gathered through an extensive public involvement process, Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) has determined a final course of action for the current capital project at Crown Hill Park. This decision comes after thousands of citizens provided their input and ideas in a survey, community meetings and on site visits with JCOS staff. There was a broad range of thinking among community members with respect to the capital projects we were considering. In some cases, such as nature play areas, public desires were clear. In others, such as a shade structure and replacement of fitness equipment there was a lack of consensus among citizens. JCOS has taken all of this information into account and made a decision that honors goals for the Park as well as the common interest of citizens to keep the area as natural as possible. This current course of action does not preclude the addition of a shade trellis or fitness areas in the future based on community interest and need.
Crown Hill Park Final Plan (click here for map)
JCOS will Implement all ‘Givens’ discussed during the public involvement process. These include replacing the restroom, park information center (kiosk), adding three accessible and staff parking spaces and removal of all fitness stations. Please see map on reverse for locations.
Fitness Equipment – The existing equipment, that has reached its useful life and has deteriorated to sub standard levels, will be removed and will not be replaced. The concrete pads at the eight fitness station locations indicated on the map on the reverse will be removed, regraded and reseeded with natural grasses. This is in keeping with a strong citizen sentiment to keep the Park natural and our goal to preserve the views of the lake, Park and mountains. This work will be completed by June 30, 2013.
Tree Plantings – A larger water tap, from a 1” to 1.5”, will be purchased to support the new restroom needs and allow trees to be planted and irrigated in the one-acre area around the restrooms. Trees that need to be removed for construction or because they are invasive species such as Russian Olives will be replaced on a one-to-one basis in this area.
Shade Structure – A shade structure will not be added at this time. In order to accommodate nature education programs that were found to be more desirable than nature play, a small area north of the restrooms will be graded to create a flat surface to set up portable tents. This area could accommodate a shade trellis in the future. The necessary irrigation lines to water future tree plantings in this area will also be added to this area. This is within the one-acre area that JCOS could irrigate if the larger water tap is purchased.
With the removal of fitness equipment and concrete pads anticipated by the end of June, all other work on the givens and plantings will start in late August and be completed by late fall.”
Plans for Mock Nature Play Canned by JCOS
True Nature Play at Crown Hill to be Preserved
Everyone who took the JCOS survey, and everyone who reads the Denver Post, should know by now that the county has decided not to build play areas at Crown Hill Park. In talking to people over the last three months, our sense is that the super-majority of park users do not support the large shade structure or consolidated fitness stations either. That is the position of approximately 2000 people who have signed the Petition to date.
Thank you for your interest in the future of Crown Hill Park.
Volunteers developed this site to inform the public about construction that Jefferson County Open Space has planned for this Spring. These Plans were developed with next to no communication with the loyal users of the Park. Users have a right to know what is being proposed as “improvements” so they can see how such proposals would significantly alter the character of Open Space’s most popular park . These plans include:
1. Construction of three children’s play areas just east and northeast of the southeast parking lot.
– A 75’ x 100’ area of artificial boulders to “Climb On” Approx cost $75K+/-
– A 35’ diameter, multi-story lookout tower or “Perch” Approx cost $80K+/-
– A 50’ x 50’diameter feature for “Digging and Tunneling” Approx cost $35K+/-
Approx. cost is $60+/-
Fitness Stations Approx cost $5K – $60K+/-
Over 2000 concerned citizens have signed a petition opposing these projects,and numerous others have written government officials to object to them. It is clear that people young and old, parents and couples without children, and even children themselves disagree with this development because it violates the covenant made by citizens and entities 40 years ago and kept ever since to protect this unique and beautiful open space park in the middle of a densely populated suburban area. Over 400,000 visitors a year appreciate Crown Hill Park as it is. Proposed changes to the Park would trigger the transformation of our quiet, contemplative wildlife sanctuary into another urban recreational area – against the will of the vast majority of Park users.
Contact us if you have questions concerning the survey, to find out how you can help protect Crown Hill Park from unwelcomed development, and to be notified of future events, public meetings, or other calls to action.