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Outdoors

  • Jeffco Open Space facing additional costs for Peaks to Plains Trail

    The initial phase of the Peaks to Plains Trail project is facing escalated costs, Tom Hoby, director of Jeffco Parks and Open Space, told the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee on April 3.

    The total cost of the trail connection from Golden to the Jefferson County line is now in the $75 million to $100 million range — more than three times the original estimate of $30 million to $35 million, Hoby said. 

  • County commissioners approve new master plan for Open Space

    After a month’s delay, the county commissioners have approved a new master plan for Jeffco Open Space.

    The board was originally scheduled to vote on the plan at its Feb. 11 public hearing but unanimously granted a delay at the request of several developers who wanted more time to comment.

    The master plan now has a section defining its purpose as a guide to open space acquisition and not as a tool for zoning and land development. 

  • Developers’ concerns spur addition to open space master plan

    Responding to concerns from developers about property with commercial potential, the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee on March 6 approved an addition to its master plan. The addition states that the agency will negotiate only with willing sellers, and will not pursue a property that has an active development proposal with Jeffco Planning and Zoning. 

  • How does your garden grow?

    The wintry weekend notwithstanding, spring is just around the corner — and with it will come a new gardening season.

    As the snow begins to melt, Colorado master gardener Dawn Miquel wants backyard horticulturalists to think about going native this year.

    Miquel, a volunteer with Colorado State University’s Arapahoe County extension office, said cultivating native plants in the garden offers multiple benefits, including being environmentally friendly. 

  • Department of Parks and Wildlife kills 5 coyotes after animal attacks woman at Clement Park

    Five coyotes have been fatally shot in South Jeffco by the state Department of Parks and Wildlife after a woman and her two dogs were attacked by a coyote in Clement Park on Feb. 10.

    The attack occurred near Johnson Reservoir as the woman was walking her two small dogs along the trail. 

    Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said the woman was walking with her pets early that morning when she noticed a coyote on the reservoir ice. 

  • Eliminating the scourge of spurge

    Just because marijuana is legal, it doesn’t mean Colorado has changed its stance on weeds.

    The state Department of Agriculture wants Jeffco to step up efforts to eliminate myrtle spurge, a noxious weed the state has targeted for eradication, from unincorporated parts of the county. 

  • Proposed off-leash area a doggone popular idea

    The idea of an off-leash dog park in South Jeffco got a lot of tails wagging last week.

    A proposal by the Foothills Park and Rec District and the Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District for an off-leash area at Sledding Hill Park initially drew support from most of the residents at an information session Feb. 12. 

  • Foothills again sniffing around dog park

    Man’s best friend my have a new place to roam in the next few years. 

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District and the Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District are looking to work together to open a dog park in South Jeffco. 

    Ron Hopp, Foothills executive director, said the two districts are in the preliminary stages of gauging public support for a new dog park. Since both districts provide recreational activities, Hopp said, it makes sense for them to work together. 

  • Wanted: a few good volunteers

    Warning: Serving as a volunteer for Jeffco Parks and Open Space could be habit-forming. 

    Of the more than 500 people that volunteer year-round with the department, most have been doing it for several years, if not for a decade or longer. 

  • Jefferson County considers establishing public outdoor shooting range

    Jeffco might be setting its sights on establishing an outdoor shooting range open to the public.

    The county’s Parks and Open Space Department is putting together a working group to decide if a county-owned range is feasible. The group is expected to start work in March and report to the county commissioners by July.