Harvie Open Space in Parker will have trails and benches to enjoy view

Dozens attend open house to express their wishes on donated area

Posted 11/10/17

Parker resident Evelyn Poulo wondered if the new Harvie Open Space would have a fire pit and a bench to enjoy the view.

The answer to the first was no: Town regulations prohibit fire pits in parks.

But benches and trailside seating, including …

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Harvie Open Space in Parker will have trails and benches to enjoy view

Dozens attend open house to express their wishes on donated area

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Parker resident Evelyn Poulo wondered if the new Harvie Open Space would have a fire pit and a bench to enjoy the view.

The answer to the first was no: Town regulations prohibit fire pits in parks.

But benches and trailside seating, including one at the area's highest point — Poulo's wish so she can "sit and enjoy the view and some sunshine" — will happen.

Nearly 40 Parker residents shared their ideas and questions at a Nov. 1 open house about the newly donated Harvie Open Space, which includes 72 acres directly north of Mainstreet and Canterberry Parkway.

Other concerns from residents were whether there would be bathroom facilities and, if so whether they would be ADA-compliant. The answer to both was yes.

The property was donated to Douglas County in February 1996 by resident Ray J. Harvie, and included a conservation easement restricting development of the land. The town of Parker received the land in December 2016 and spent the summer clearing debris from the property.

DHM Design presented a conceptual plan of future improvements allowed by the existing easement.Those include soft-surface trails, interpretive signage and one restroom facility. A gravel parking lot with space for 20 cars has been approved, as well as a picnic shelter with benches that can accommodate up to 25 people.

Trails will vary by size and material, including asphalt trails, soft surface and single tracks. Construction is slated to begin early 2019.

“The space is going to be a nice place for residents to go take a walk or sit and enjoy the weather,” said Dennis Trapp, project administrator for Parker's recreation department. “I think Parker residents are really going to enjoy this space and utilize it.”

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