The community's first park is getting revamped over the next two months.
Built in 1982, Northridge Park is undergoing a $524,400 project, funded by the Highlands Ranch Metro District, which owns the park. Improvements include modifying irrigation …
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Built in 1982, Northridge Park is undergoing a $524,400 project, funded by the Highlands Ranch Metro District, which owns the park. Improvements include modifying irrigation systems, leveling the baseball field that accommodates 90-foot bases, repurposing the basketball court, sprucing up the landscape in the entrance and adding some amenities to the picnic area. Completion is slated for November.
Northridge is one of four community parks in Highlands Ranch. Its sheltered picnic area is one of three in the metro district's park system — which also includes 20 neighborhood parks — that can accommodate up to 100 people, according to Carolyn Peters, recreation manager of the metro district.
“It's a really popular park for picnics and graduations,” Peters said. “Since it is the oldest park, it's also got the greatest amount of shade and shelter area.”
Some fun features the metro district will be adding to the park include a bocce court on a portion of the basketball court, as well as an outdoor ping-pong table. An accessible ramp will be installed to the picnic area.
The improvements are the second phase of a two-year project to upgrade the park. In 2016, the bathrooms were renovated. The cost of the entire project is $773,000, according to the metro district. Funds come from a major repair fund, a conservation trust fund and Highlands Ranch Parks and Recreation Foundation, Peters said.
“This year,” said Peters, “we are going in and addressing a lot of things that have occurred over the last 32 years.”
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