A community park will be closed for the remainder of the year while the Highlands Ranch Metro District replaces its aged wooden structure with a more modern facility. On Nov. 5, the playground at …
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A community park will be closed for the remainder of the year while the Highlands Ranch Metro District replaces its aged wooden structure with a more modern facility.
On Nov. 5, the playground at Foothills Park closed for demolition and replacement. The 16-year-old park is located at 1042 Riddlewood Road, west of Lucent Boulevard, near Eldorado Elementary School.
The metro district replaces one community park per year using funds from its Major Repair Fund. The Foothills playground replacement project costs $160,000, according to Sherry Eppers, community relations manager at the metro district. That covers demolition of the old playground, installation of all new playground equipment, new surface materials and project contingency.
The metro district staff held an on-site meeting in August with Foothill park users to answer questions and gather feedback. Based on requests, new playground features will include a Konnection swing that allows adults and kids to swing simultaneously, slides, climbing equipment, sand and water play and more.
The park will feature sensory panels for a mentally stimulating experience. There will be a battery-operated interactive game panel; a touch-and-play guitar panel; and a rain wheel panel, which when rotated releases a calming rain sound, according to Ken Standen, the metro district's construction and facilities maintenance manager.
“I think it offers more play experiences for kids of all ages, from 2 up to 12 years old,” Standen said of the new park.
Project updates will be posted to highlandsranch.org.
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