Parker News in a Hurry - Oct. 3


Grant awarded for WISE pipeline

The South Metro Water Supply Authority has received a $688,000 grant and conditional approval for an additional $882,000 grant from the State’s Water Supply Reserve Account to help offset the cost of designing pipeline connections required to deliver water bought through the WISE Partnership with authority members. 

The WISE Partnership is a regional water supply project between Aurora Water, Denver Water and SMWSA that combines available water supplies and systems capacity, creating a sustainable water supply. Through WISE, Aurora Water and Denver Water will provide an average of 7,225 acre-feet per year of treated water to SMWSA for distribution to participating members. SMWSA is designing and constructing a system of pipelines, pump stations and turnouts to distribute water to participating members.

The grant was approved by the Metro Roundtable at its meeting in June and funded through the WSRA Program at the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s meeting in Telluride. The conservation board is also looking at providing financing to individual SMWSA members that have construction requirements related to WISE. The CWCB is evaluating financing of up to $44 million in loans for the WISE Partnership.

Children can stay fit this fall

A range of classes through the Parker Parks and Recreation Department will help kids and young teens stay active as the weather cools down.

Sports Conditioning helps young athletes develop the strength, balance, speed and cardiovascular endurance to achieve peak performance in their sport. Kids ages 9 to 12 will work with a certified personal trainer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:25 to 5:25 p.m. (and 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. for ages 13 to 16). A six-week session begins Oct. 8 at the Parker Fieldhouse and costs $70 for Parker residents and $77 for non-residents. Starter Sports Conditioning, based on the Sports Conditioning class, is for 6- to 8-year-olds just getting into sports. The class introduces basic athletic movements applicable to any sport on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:25 to 5:15 p.m. A six-week session begins Oct. 8 at the Fieldhouse and costs $60 for Parker residents and $65 for non-residents.

Teen N Tone is a girls-only introductory fitness class designed to get teenagers (12 to 15 years) off the couch with a comfortable and supportive peer group. Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. A six-week session begins Oct. 21 and costs $70 for Parker residents and $77 for non-residents. Register for these classes online at or by contacting Hillary Roemerseberger at 303-805-3278.

Hike a county ‘Sanctuary’

Many people have heard about the Sanctuary Golf Course in Douglas County and wondered what it is like. The Wildlife Experience is giving residents another opportunity to explore the local treasure by hiking or jogging the cart paths. The course is very hilly and participants should be prepared for steep terrain. The 4-hole loop option is the least difficult with only moderate climbs. The event is almost sold out. Call 720-488-3344 soon to reserve a spot or add your name to a priority wait list for 2014 hikes. Pre-registration is required and the cost is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

From 6:30 – 8 p.m. Oct. 11, The Wildlife Experience is also inviting Douglas County outdoorspeople to “get to know Earth’s closest neighbor” with “The Moon,” an “astronomy nature night” guided by retired astronomy professor Win Pendleton. It will start with a presentation on the museum’s interactive “Science on a Sphere” exhibit, then attendees will head outside for a campfire, s’mores, and a chance to look at the moon and other objects in the night sky through Pendleton’s telescope. All ages are welcome. The cost is $5 for members and $8 for non-members. Call 720-488-3344 to reserve a spot.


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