Parker News in a Hurry - June 6

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Horse therapy foundation gets award

The Parker-based SaddleUp! Foundation was the April winner of the $1,000 Caring Community Giveaway Award from Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric.

More than nine percent of Colorado’s population suffers from a wide range of disabilities including Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Autism. The SaddleUp! Foundation has helped thousands of people with a wide range of disabilities, including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism, through its therapy programs and plans to expand to more than 300 individuals weekly in the next year.

“This foundation helps young adults with disabilities and brings smiles to their faces when they get to work with horses,” said John Ward, president of Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric.

The SaddleUp! Foundation provides therapy for the mentally, emotionally and physically challenged through outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapies to children with disabilities. Like other equine therapies, SaddleUp! Foundation uses horses as a therapy tool. The horses are a base of support, making them a valuable tool in creating collaborative relationships for the children.

Lincoln bridge project to last through June

The City of Lone Tree has scheduled concrete repairs on the Lincoln Avenue bridge over I-25 through June 30. The construction activity will require lane closure on eastbound Lincoln Avenue, as well as the closure of lanes on the southbound I-25 off-ramp. Work will take place between 8 p.m. on Fridays and 5 a.m. on Mondays during this time. There are no scheduled intersection closures.

Since the repairs require crews to place new concrete, there is roughly a 10- to 12-hour time frame in which the concrete has to harden. During this time, lanes will remain closed, but construction crews will not be visibly working. This is a necessary process for concrete replacement to ensure the pavement is of high quality and can withstand the heavy traffic of Lincoln Avenue.

Considerable traffic delays are expected in this area while the lane closures are in place and motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible. Alternate routes are suggested, including the RidgeGate Parkway interchange one mile south of Lincoln Avenue. Anyone with questions is asked to contact the City of Lone Tree Public Works at 303-662-8112.

Cancer survivor hosts lemonade stand

In a continuing effort to raise funds and awareness for the battle against childhood cancer, Parker resident and childhood cancer survivor, Michael Loomer, has been named an official National Lemonade Days Hero Ambassador for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Michael will be joined by members of his family as he hosts an Alex’s Lemonade Stand during the foundation’s national fundraising weekend from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 7 at Jola Park on South Clarke Farms Drive between Motsenbocker Way and Marcott Drive. Making their ninth annual stand additionally special, the Loomer family will celebrate their son Michael’s 12th birthday a few days later.

Michael was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was 2 years old, and after battling the disease, his family is proud to report that he is now a healthy 11-year-old. Founded by Alex Scott (1996-2004) in 2004, Lemonade Days is a three-day national event that grew out of Alex's front yard lemonade stand, and is held every year over the same June weekend.

Jordan Road work getting underway

In June, the town will begin the reconstruction of northbound Jordan Road from Mainstreet north to just south of Lincoln Avenue.

The section of Jordan Road was constructed in the mid-1980’s with the original Clarke Farms development and has arrived at the end of the original design life of the roadway. The project will consist of removing the existing northbound concrete pavement and replacing it with asphalt pavement. As a result, the existing northbound lanes of Jordan will be closed and the existing southbound lanes will be converted to two-way traffic , one lane in each direction. The temporary four-lane to two-lane conversion will last approximately three months.

Once the contractor completes the reconstruction of Jordan through this section, the asphalt northbound lanes will be reopened to their current configuration. Following the reconstruction portion of the project, the contractor will resurface the existing asphalt section of Jordan between Mainstreet and Lincoln Avenue (north and south bound). The work will be done with individual lane closures and is expected to last a few weeks. Those with questions about the project should contact the Town of Parker Public Works Department at 303-840-9546.