Four things to look forward to in Parker this year

Posted 1/8/19

The term “growth” evolved as the centerpiece of discussion surrounding Parker in 2018, due to the town's continuing surge in population. Whether or not Parker should be part of the growth …

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Four things to look forward to in Parker this year

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The term “growth” evolved as the centerpiece of discussion surrounding Parker in 2018, due to the town's continuing surge in population. Whether or not Parker should be part of the growth experienced throughout the Denver metro region is no longer a question. The question now is, how will it grow?

In February 2018, the Town of Parker introduced residents to the My Mainstreet Project, an initiative to seek out public input on the future development of downtown Parker. In November, the public outreach portion of the project concluded, providing a glimpse into the town's future.

In 2018, developers announced the Laszlo Hotel would be moving into Mainstreet on the east side of Parker Road, bringing with it even more attractions.

The beginning stages of the Parker Road Corridor Plan attempted to solve the traffic problem on Parker's busiest road.

This year, Parker will get a clearer picture of its own identity. Michelle Kivela, the town administrator, said finding creative ways to manage the growth will be one of the town's top priorities — with a budget continuing to see incremental growth as opposed to previous years.

“Being status-quo is not the direction I want our community or staff to go in,” Kivela said. “I think we have a really healthy budget, but as our community grows and there's more demand for services from the town it becomes `How do we meet those needs with a budget that is staying the same and not growing substantially in previous years?'”

Here are four things to look forward to in Parker in 2019:

The Laszlo Hotel scheduled to finish in August

Mike May, of Mars Development, announced the Laszlo Hotel will join the Mainstreet corridor in downtown Parker sometime in the coming year. Currently, construction on the boutique hotel is set to finish in August.

The hotel will feature five unique restaurants as well, garnering attention for a variety of tastes from Parker residents. The hotel will open on the west side of Parker Road, near the AMC movie theater.

Campaign brings Parker Road Corridor Plan

One of several functions of the “Let's Talk Parker” campaign, a campaign to encourage community involvement in various development and public works projects, the Parker Road Corridor Plan will move into the implementation phase. Between February and April of 2019, a draft and final plans will be presented during public hearing to the Planning Commission and Parker Town Council.

After two community workshops, the Planning Commission gathered responses from the public on land use, transportation and urban design recommendations for the corridor that is at the community's heart.

“That's such a big production, but it's so expansive because it's our major roadway through the town and it's something people see when the come into town on both sides,” Kivela said. 

My Mainstreet Project moves into development phase

Another function of the "Let's Talk Parker" campaign, the My Mainstreet Project is ready to move into the contracting and development phase. The five sites up for consideration are all along East Mainstreet. Public input called for bringing more retail, restaurants and craft breweries to the area, while marketing analysis called for some residential buildings as well.

“We get to have our vision for that influence what that looks like and what the citizens wanted for that site,” Kivela said, “but also, as a resident who has a family here, having more opportunities to dine and shop is exciting to me looking forward to what comes to those sites.”

Public-private partnerships in recreation

Among several public-private partnerships involving the town, two stand out as major improvements to the town's recreational opportunities.

In early 2019, the Parker Racquet Club will officially open an indoor tennis facility across from the Parker Fieldhouse, providing one of the nicest indoor tennis facilities in the entire state that would put the town on the map of the large-scale tennis circuit.

More than 20 years in the making, the High Plains Trail connection along E-470 will begin its initial stages of construction after town council approved the project's initial funding in December.

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