Foothills Features: District proud of past year’s accomplishments

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By The Staff

May marks my one-year anniversary with Foothills Park & Recreation District. As I reflect on the past year, I wanted to provide a report of where we are as an organization and how I think we have grown and positively changed. I am reminded every day what great, dedicated employees we have. The quality employees I met during the interview process are what convinced me to take this position, and they are still what motivate me every day.

Without our talented and willing staff, our programs, facilities, parks, golf courses and day-to-day operations wouldn’t be nearly as successful. We have made some tough decisions over the last year, but I feel they were appropriate, necessary and made sense. In my opinion, we have approached all of our issues and challenges with intelligence and teamwork, resulting in Foothills as a whole thinking differently about how we operate. I also feel that we have much more cooperation with numerous businesses and organizations to encourage community connections and outreach.

I’m extremely proud to report that Foothills will be able to complete numerous capital projects throughout 2009 due to alternative funding, mostly grants. Some of the capital projects around the district include: 50 new trees planted at Easton Regional Park; repairs to Kipling Trail; a new playground installed at Alpers Farm Park; playground replacement at Easton Regional Park and Woodmar Square Park; edging replacement at Williamsburg I Park playground; lighting replacement at Schaefer Athletic Complex ball fields; and repairs to Clement Park’s pier structures, embankment, central fountain pump and park maintenance shop roof. I want to thank the Foothills staff who worked hard to find and secure the alternative funding sources for 2009. Without their hard work and effort, we would be unable to repair and take care of these items.

As summer is fast approaching, I wanted to remind you to mark your calendars for the fun and highly anticipated activities at Foothills. May 23 and 30 marks Foothills’ outdoor pools opening. Deer Creak and Weaver Hollow Pools will open May 23. Sixth Avenue and Columbine West Pools will open May 30. A great way to enjoy our pools and facilities while saving money this summer is with our Summer Fun Pass, valid May 1 through Aug. 31. Don’t miss the pool parties hosted at each of our six pools in June and July featuring fun themes and games — for only $2 per person (per party).

The 2009 Free Summer Entertainment Series kicks off on June 4 at Clement Park. Bring your picnic dinner and enjoy free, family-friendly entertainment while watching the sun set behind the foothills.

On June 6, the free event Touch-a-Truck returns to the Ridge Recreation Center. Kids of all ages love climbing inside of and checking out big trucks. And don’t forget, we have ample activities all year long during Foothills’ 50th anniversary. For more information on these activities and more, visit www.ifoothills.org.

Ron Hopp is the executive director of Foothills Park & Recreation District, which serves 90,000 residents in a 28-square-mile area of unincorporated Jefferson County generally bounded by Hampden Avenue, C-470, Sheridan Boulevard and the Dakota Hogback. For more information, visit www.ifoothills.org, or call 303-409-2100.