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Outdoors

  • 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.  

  • Open Space sets goals for repairs to flood-damaged parks

    With help from volunteers, Apex Park may be partially open to hikers and bikers by this spring, according to a timeline established by the staff at Jeffco Open Space.

    The park in Golden has been closed since September, when flooding caused extensive trail damage. Other parks in the Jeffco Open Space system, which also were severely impacted, are slated for repairs in the coming months.

  • Open Space acquires Deer Creek Canyon property

    The 160-acre Deer Creek property south of Deer Creek Canyon Road is among land acquisitions finalized by Jeffco Open Space.

    Meanwhile, recommended grant recipients include the cities of Golden, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge, which collectively could receive the lion’s share of more than $800,000 from the Jeffco Open Space sales tax fund.

    Golden sought a $234,000 grant to construct the West 44th Avenue trail, which Jeffco Open Space Director Tom Hoby said needs to be done all at once, rather than in sections.

  • Jefferson County to set up slash burner — but where?

    To address the county’s growing need to dispose of slash, Jeffco is moving forward with finding a permanent slash collection site and using a “curtain burner” to dispose of it.

    “We are looking for a permanent collection site,” said Mark Gutke of the Jeffco Office of Emergency Management. “The goal would be to have that site collect slash year-round and burn it when the weather permits.”

  • Resident rallies to cause of prairie dog colony on Foothills’ land

    When Gina Writz heard that a parcel of open-space land near her house was being sold by the Foothills Park and Recreation District, she had one question: What would become of the prairie dogs that lived there?

    Writz, a lifelong resident of South Jeffco, was disturbed to find out that the only plan for the 50 or so rodent residents was for them to be exterminated. 

  • Clement Park improvements hinge on funding

    There’s a new vision for Clement Park. But first it needs a new infusion of funding.

    After four months of work, the Foothills Park and Recreation District board approved a new master plan for Clement Park that is a mix of new features and repairs to the park’s decaying infrastructure. 

    The plan comes with a price tag of about $24.3 million. The 2014 budget for Foothills, which was approved along with the master plan on Dec. 10, is $22.3 million.