Highland Heritage Park to get $2 million stage

Facility should be ready by next summer concert series

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Highland Heritage Park in Highlands Ranch will soon add a new $2 million stage after the project was approved in a Nov. 12 meeting of the Douglas County commissioners.

The project, which includes removing the existing stage, will be funded through the portion of county sales tax dedicated to parks and open space, said Randy Burkhardt, assistant director of parks.

The stage will also include a cover, planters and stadium seating for the adjacent soccer field.

“The installation of the stage and cover will also provide Douglas County with the opportunity to provide more events in the future,” Burkhardt said in the meeting.

A.D. Miller Construction, the company selected for the project, will have until June 1, 2020 to complete it. The parks, trails and building grounds department expects it to be completed in time for the Highlands Ranch Community Association's summer concert series, which attracts about 4,000 people every year, he said.

“From what we saw this summer it looked like a fabulous venue,” HRCA spokesperson Jamie Noebel said. “(We) are super excited to use the new facility.”

The commissioners approved the plan unanimously.

“I'm looking forward to when this is a finished project, it sounds really cool,” Commissioner Lora Thomas said.

Commissioner Abe Laydon echoed the sentiment.

“This park is really a regional lightning rod for so many fantastic events,” he said. “I think this will be a wonderful benefit for our community.”

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