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By Deborah Swearingen

Foothills working with local design group on park projects

Foothills Park and Recreation District is officially putting money from the newly passed mill levy increase to work.

As such, the board of directors last week approved an amended agreement to spend $95,170 to work with local design group Architerra Group in the first year of its new capital program. Foothills has worked with the South Jeffco-based landscape design company on previous projects.

The six parks slated for upgrades in 2018 include: Dewey Haberman Memorial Park, Blue Heron Park, Governor James B. Grant Park, Christensen Meadows Park, Wingate South Park, Lilley Gulch Recreation Center — north parking lot asphalt paving.

The agreement allows Architerra to provide services for inventory, base maps, meetings, initial concepts, irrigation assessment and probable costs.

Foothills will continue its series of community meetings with a May 8 meeting at the Chaucer Park playground. For this meeting, the district will host the My Dream Playground program, which uses children’s ideas for its designs.

Columbine Sports Park fire

The playground at Columbine Sports Park is closed after a morning fire on April 18 melted some of the equipment and caused approximately $6,000 worth of damage.

According to information from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, a neighbor reported the fire around 9:30 a.m. She arrived at the park, at the intersection of South Kendall Boulevard and West Canyon Avenue, about 30 minutes prior and noticed a small, smoldering fire pit near the playground equipment.

“She went home to get something to extinguish it as it was smoldering,” said Mark Techmeyer, spokesman with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. “ … When she got back, it had reignited, and it was burning the playground equipment.”

Littleton Fire Rescue and the Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the park, and the fire was quickly extinguished.

Techmeyer said the fire was not positioned to burn down the equipment and instead looked like a campfire. Because it does not appear to be intentional, the person who started it faces a misdemeanor arson charge.

Those with information should call the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-271-5612.