Highlands Ranch: Looking back and forward

What was memorable about 2017 and what’s ahead in 2018?

Posted 12/28/17

Terry Nolan, general manager of Highlands Ranch Metro District What was the district's biggest accomplishment in 2017? The year-long extensive evaluation of fire and emergency services alternatives …

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Highlands Ranch: Looking back and forward

What was memorable about 2017 and what’s ahead in 2018?

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Terry Nolan, general manager of Highlands Ranch Metro District

What was the district's biggest accomplishment in 2017?

The year-long extensive evaluation of fire and emergency services alternatives that led to the decision to unify with South Metro Fire Rescue and give voters the opportunity to vote in May 2018 to include Highlands Ranch in that outstanding district. The three primary reasons for this change are improved services, long-term financial stability and improved governance.

The renovations of Northridge Park and Broadway and University medians were also big accomplishments. Another significant accomplishment was the stabilization of Big Dry Creek Gulch in Cheese Ranch and the Links Golf Course.

What opportunity are you most looking forward to in 2018?

Elections: On May 8, 2018, Highlands Ranch voters will have the opportunity to vote in two elections at the same polling places or by absentee ballots: South Metro Fire Rescue will ask voters if they want to include Highlands Ranch in their district and the Metro District will ask voters to elect directors to four available seats.

Central Park: This unique park will open next year as the focal point of the Central Park development that will include the new UC Health Hospital.

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Jerry Flannery, general manager of Highlands Ranch Community Association

What was HRCA’s biggest accomplishment in 2017?

In 2017, the HRCA tackled the long overdue upgrade of our recreation and financial software systems. These systems were over 20 years old and outdated technology made them difficult to use on the administrative and consumer sides. The new recreation systems make registration for programs, classes and events much easier for the end user.

The new financial system will be implemented in 2018 and will integrate the assessment payments with the recreation side to offer our members one comprehensive account. This will not only make the accounting process simpler and much more efficient for the organization, but will ultimately streamline the process for members so they can check their assessment payments and recreation profile with one login.

What opportunity are you most looking forward to in 2018?

In February 2018, we will be reopening the Northridge Recreation Center, HRCA’s oldest center, after an extensive renovation that brings new features and enhancements to the facility. The improved facility will be more efficient and offer new amenities to the community, including a hot yoga studio, golf simulator, and larger fitness and martial arts studios.

Our residents who frequent Northridge will be very excited about the new facility and we know that this will become a favorite location for many others. We always look forward to the opportunity to improve our facilities and are proud to offer our residents the latest equipment, programs and services.

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Tracy Wilemon, Castle Pines, store manager of The Bundt Shoppe Highlands Ranch Town Center

What made 2017 memorable for you? 

Opening our store. We opened The Bundt Shoppe in Highlands Ranch on Feb. 3. It was a great year meeting lots of people and being part of the community.

What are you most looking forward to about 2018?

Just becoming more well known and getting our cakes out in more homes so that people will come in and have us be part of their celebrations.

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Jacqi Rollins, student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona

What made 2017 memorable for you? 

This is my first year at Embry-Riddle. I transferred — my family lives in Highlands Ranch. Fully getting emerged in college is a lot of fun.

What are you most looking forward to about 2018?

Probably next summer and what internships I will get to do. I'm hoping to intern at the Denver Zoo. I worked there last summer. As a career, I want to be an elephant zookeeper.

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George Kavorkian, Highlands Ranch, owner of Arts on Fire

What made 2017 memorable for you? 

My wife surviving cancer. She had melanoma on her head and she had it removed. She is doing great.

What are you most looking forward to about 2018?

A great year with my family. My son is going to go work for Disney as a college intern so it will be cool to watch him do that. He's in his last year at University of Denver.

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