County in top 10 for healthy kids
Douglas County was one of three Colorado counties included in a U.S News and World Report study released June 11 that ranked America’s top 50 healthiest counties for kids. Ranked at No. 8, Douglas was one spot behind Boulder County. Larimer County also made the list, coming in at No. 48.
The study’s criteria evaluated, among other things, air quality, percentage of uninsured children, rates of adult smoking and obesity, access to physicians and parks, as well as rates of infant deaths, low-birth-weight babies, injuries resulting in death, teen births, and children in poverty.
Developed with the help of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the study examined roughly 1,200 of the nation’s 3,143 counties and county equivalents such as Louisiana’s parishes. California’s Marin County was ranked No. 1.
Sterling Ranch public hearing set
There is a special public hearing on Sterling Ranch scheduled for 1 p.m. July 10 at the Philip S. Miller Building, 100 Third St. in Castle Rock.
Douglas County commissioners will hear from Sterling Ranch representatives as well as the public and make a decision on whether to give the project the green light for a second time. The county approved the project in 2011, but a court ruling by 18th Judicial District Court Judge Paul King in 2012 stated that the project did not have sufficient water secured for the proposed development. Sterling Ranch has stated that it has since secured the necessary water.
The Sterling Ranch development has plans for 12,000 homes, multiple parks and trails, a multi-field athletic complex, a hospital, fire services, schools and a town center. If approved, it will be located on 3,400 acres east of Roxborough State Park.
Show your love for parks and rec
Why do you love parks facilities and recreation programs in Highlands Ranch? The Highlands Ranch Metro District wants to know.
In honor of National Park and Recreation Month, this July, the district is seeking the most creative and fun answers. At the end of the month, winners will receive one of two prizes: a picnic pack and park shelter reservation or a 25-punch card for the Batter Up! Batting Cages at Redstone Park.
To enter, go to www.Facebook.com/HighlandsRanchMetroDistrict and fill in the blank, “I love my parks and recreation because …” If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can fill out a card at the Metro District Office Building at 62 W. Plaza Dr., or the Metro District Parks, Recreation & Open Space Service Center at Redstone Park, 3280 Redstone Park Circle.
To kick off the month, Metro District staff will set up a booth at Civic Green and Redstone Parks on July 1 to share ideas of how you can get outside and have fun in July. Residents are also invited to attend the Metro District and Littleton Fire Rescue Ice Cream Social from 6 to 9 p.m. July 10 at Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd. in Highlands Ranch.