Site plan for 80-acre Lone Tree Regional Park passes first vote, city council up next

Lone Tree City Council will vote on the plan June 20

Posted 6/13/22

The final site plan for Lone Tree Regional Park, an 80-acre park that would be located near I-25 and RidgeGate Parkway, passed its first vote of approval June 8 during the South Suburban Parks and …

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Site plan for 80-acre Lone Tree Regional Park passes first vote, city council up next

Lone Tree City Council will vote on the plan June 20

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The final site plan for Lone Tree Regional Park, an 80-acre park located near I-25 and RidgeGate Parkway, passed its first vote of approval June 8 during the South Suburban Parks and Recreation board of directors meeting.

Next up for the proposal is the Lone Tree City Council. The council will vote on the measure during the June 20 regular meeting.

The regional park is a collaborative effort by Lone Tree City Council and South Suburban Parks and Recreation. If it moves forward, it will be Lone Tree’s first regional park, according to the city’s website.

The park is part of the development of RidgeGate East, an expansive development on the east side of I-25 and RidgeGate Parkway that involves building three residential villages, a 400-acre Lone Tree City Center, commercial districts, schools and more.

The preliminary plan for the park includes a variety of amenities, including a dog park, a festival terrace, a multi-level playground and multiple sports courts, according to the park’s webpage. It will also feature a 5,000-person amphitheater, said Assistant City Manager Austin Good during a June 7 study session.

The concept for the final site plan of the park, created by landscape architect, The Architerra Group, is called “The Braid,” Good said.

“Uniting both halves of the park is what the plan is known for, which is called the braid. And it’s this interweaving network of paths that create the spine and tie the north end of the park to the south end of the park,” Good said.

At the points the paths intersect, there will be different sections, also called “rooms,” located throughout the park, Good said. These rooms can accommodate different uses, depending on what the community wants.

“We’re really, really excited about what opportunities that’s gonna open up here in the next stage of design when we start talking about - ‘Well, what exactly goes into those rooms?’” Good said, adding that some ideas for the rooms include a community garden space and community art walks.

Building the park will take time and cost millions, Good explained. He said South Suburban Parks and Recreation has budgeted $300,000 this calendar year to advance the park’s design from its current preliminary plan to develop more of a phasing plan for the project.

“Right now, we’re estimating about $25 million for a phase one,” Good said, stressing it will take more than just the city and South Suburban Parks and Recreation to build the project.

On June 8, the South Suburban Parks and Recreation board of directors voted 4-0 in favor of the plan, excluding board member Jim Taylor who was not at the meeting, said Jennifer King, the manager of administrative services for the district.

If city council votes to approve the plan June 20, one of the next steps of the project will be finding additional partners to fund the project, according to a staff report.

“As we look to potential partners, I’m very hopeful that Douglas County will recognize that this is a real opportunity to provide added amenities to their Lone Tree residents, but [also] to the community far beyond,” Mayor Jackie Millet said during the study session. “This park, we hope, is a regional amenity as well.”

Millet said the city has found that many Douglas County residents come to Lone Tree to recreate, and this park is likely to attract people outside of Lone Tree.

“We want to make sure that Douglas County also has a voice at that table as we move forward, to encourage them to invest,” Millet said, adding she would like for the city to engage Douglas County residents during the community feedback process.

Good also highlighted the importance of collecting community feedback on the park’s current plan and the next steps of the process, saying the city will continue to develop the park’s webpage, cityoflonetree.com/regionalpark/, where community members can submit questions and feedback on the project.

“This is a big, multi-year effort just to get a shovel in the ground,” Good said. “It’s gonna be a really, really important piece, continuing engaging with [the] community as we go through the entire process.”

Lone Tree, Regional Park, Douglas County, RidgeGate, RidgeGate East, Development, Construction

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