Parker News in a Hurry - Oct. 24


Nursing/rehab center honored

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services named a Parker skilled nursing and rehab center as a “five-star facility.”

Life Care Center of Stonegate’s recent designation is the highest on the CMS ratings system, which is designed to assist the public in choosing care for their loved ones. It calculates ratings based on the results of health inspections, and staffing and quality measures, including pain management, weight loss and number of medications used.

“The whole team was very excited to hear the news that we received a five-star rating from CMS, especially since we achieved it in our first year that we were eligible,” said Jarom Eberhard, executive director of Life Care Center of Stonegate. “It took a lot of hard work and dedication from all our staff.”

Located at 15720 Garden Plaza Drive, Life Care Center of Stonegate is one of 22 skilled nursing and rehab facilities in Colorado managed or operated by Tennessee-based Life Care Centers of America.

Safe fun at wildlife museum

Ghosts and goblins, vampires and werewolves, skeletons, witches and ghouls of all kinds will flock to The Wildlife Experience for Trek-or-Treat Off the Street.

Families can take the Haunted Hike through Ghoul-ology and learn about animals that use disguises and camouflage. Kids can collect treats from candy booths lining the museum’s hallways and make creepy crafts in a safe, fun environment, regardless of the weather.

A bounce house and GLOW: Living Lights exhibit will draw crowds, but live bats from the Organization for Bat Conservation will be the highlight from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 26. Trek-or-Treat Off the Street will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Admission for non-members is $10 for adults and $6 for kids 3-12. Museum members are free.

Parker gets solar distinction

The Town of Parker was officially recognized as a “Solar Friendly Community” at the town council meeting Oct. 21. The town earned the accreditation by adopting best practices in solar permitting, which eases the permitting process for those looking to install solar panels. The town was presented with a road sign and plaque for the official recognition at the meeting. Out of the 10 communities in Colorado that have been recognized as a Solar Friendly Community, Parker is the first in the south metro area. The certification grants Parker residents eligibility for a $500 discount with participating installers as part of the Solar Friendly Communities Discount Program.

“As a progressive community always looking to better practices and services for our citizens, Parker is delighted to accept this recognition,” mayor Mike Waid said.

While the costs of solar panels have dropped dramatically in recent years, the “soft costs’’ of solar such as permitting and inspection now account for roughly half the total price. By adopting policies that cut the time required to get rooftop solar systems installed, Parker is helping to cut the cost of the systems and making solar more affordable. With interest in solar growing, the streamlined processes will also help the town prepare for greater solar energy demand.

“As solar grows more affordable and more popular, we are pleased that Parker is getting ahead of the curve with these streamlined permit practices,’’ said Rebecca Cantwell, senior program director for Solar Friendly Communities. 

Solar Friendly Communities is led by the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association in partnership with Boulder County, along with the City and County of Denver, Fort Collins, Golden, Rocky Mountain Institute and the American Solar Energy Society.


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