Highlands Ranch news in a hurry


CEO announces retirement

Steven Blake, CEO of Arcadis US for the past 16 years, announced his retirement from the Highlands Ranch international design, consulting, engineering and management services company on March 13. Blake, who has been with the company for 26 years, including eight on the executive board, will step down June 1.

Blake was instrumental in the integration of a number of large mergers, notably with the environmental firm BBL in 2005 and with the water consulting and engineering company Malcolm Pirnie in 2009. During his tenure, Arcadis US grew its revenue five times, while improving bottom-line performance 10 times.

Arcadis Chief Operating Officer Gary Coates will succeed Blake as CEO while also retaining his current position. Zack Smith, chief strategy officer for Arcadis US, has been nominated for appointment to assume Blake’s post on the Arcadis executive board.

New Catholic preschool enrolling

Open enrollment is under way for a new Catholic preschool that will open its doors on the campus of Pax Christi this September in Highlands Ranch. Under the joint sponsorship of Pax Christi and St. Mark Catholic parishes, St. Katharine Drexel Preschool will offer a faith-based, classical education complemented by state-of-the-art technology. The school will serve preschoolers ages 3 to 5 and junior kindergarten classes will also be offered for children 4 and 5. 

While just a preschool is opening this fall, plans are in the works for a gradual expansion of the school, to include a full pre-K through eighth-grade Catholic school with buildings at Pax Christi, 5761 McArthur Ranch Road, and St. Mark, 9905 S. Foothills Canyon Blvd. For more information or to receive registration forms, contact Debbie Evans at the Diocese of Colorado Springs, 719-866-6456. Options are available regarding number of days of attendance per week and morning/afternoon sessions.

Ducks Unlimited flying high

The Highlands Ranch chapter of Ducks Unlimited once again made President’s Elite status after raising more than $100,000 to go toward habitat conservation work.

“The volunteers who make up these chapters are the grassroots force making a difference for North American waterfowl populations,” said Ducks Unlimited President John Newman. “It takes a great deal of effort to achieve the President’s Elite level, and these chapters deserve to be congratulated by every person who enjoys the outdoors. … The more money we raise, the more habitat we can conserve and the closer we are to preserving our waterfowl hunting heritage.”

Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent.

Get your eggs in a basket

The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance at the annual Highlands Ranch Community Association Easter Egg hunt, scheduled for 10 a.m. March 30 at Northridge Park, 8800 S. Broadway in Highlands Ranch.

The event is for kids of all ages and the hunt is open for those ages 1-11. Bring your own basket and come early as parking will be limited. The free event will be outside, rain or shine.

If you still have eggs from last year’s event and wish to recycle them, you may drop them off at Eastridge Recreation Center, 9568 S. University Blvd., at any time prior to the event.


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