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Rec district selects firm for Clement Park study

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Community input will help form master plan

By Ramsey Scott

The Foothills Park & Recreation District has chosen Stanley Consultants, an international consulting and engineering firm with an office in Centennial, to help develop a master plan for Clement Park. 

The park, built in 1987, needs $7 million to $8 million in repairs and upgrades, according to the district. Foothills, which leases the park from Jeffco Open Space, has been in discussions with the Open Space Division about the park’s future needs.

Clement Park remains one of the most popular parks in South Jeffco, but that popularity has led to many of the challenges it now faces. Much of the park’s original equipment and facilities are still in use and need to be replaced.

The park has been loved to death, said Foothills board member John Bradley. 

Stanley will reach out to the public and other groups to help develop the final master plan that will guide Foothills in the rejuvenation of Clement Park. The company plans to have at least three public meetings before unveiling the final master plan by November. 

One of the things Stanley and Foothills will focus on is ways to get the community involved not only in the development of the plan but in its execution. Foothills hopes to defray some of the cost of the Clement upgrades by getting volunteer groups to help with the work, something the park has done in the past, said Ron Hopp, Foothills executive director. 

Clement Park is just one project on the district’s radar. Currently Foothills is trying to figure out how to finance $35 million in capital repairs to its properties. One option is to bring a bond proposal to voters. 

Stanley has worked with several municipalities in the area, including Erie and Brighton, on creating and redeveloping parks. 

The study by Stanley will cost about $30,000, with $24,000 coming from Jeffco and Foothills picking up the rest. The first public input meeting will be at the end of July.