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Outdoors

  • Share the Trail event promotes safety, co-existence

    Littleton residents who celebrated Saturday’s warm, sunny weather with a morning bike ride at Hudson Gardens got free water and safety advice along the way.

  • A blooming interest

    The hikers had covered less than 50 yards along Two Brands Trail at Hildebrand Ranch Park before stopping to inspect a small patch of pinkish petals a few inches off the ground.

    Pam Little, a native plant master volunteer from Conifer with Jeffco Open Space, gathered the group around as she identified the delicate flora as red-stemmed filaree. A non-native plant, it was introduced by the Spanish via the feed they brought for their horses.

  • Open Space chief discusses crowded parks

    Jeffco Open Space director Tom Hoby acknowledged the need to address the increased use of county parks at a forum last week in Golden: “We’re trying to enhance the visitor experience.”

    Hoby said Open Space is developing webcams that would allow visitors to check availability at parking lots before driving to parks.

    With more and more nature lovers visiting Open Space parks, many of them are becoming crowded — especially on weekends, he noted.

  • Citizen group urges humane option for controlling prairie dogs

    A group of prairie dog lovers wants the Foothills Park and Recreation District to always consider a humane option when controlling the rodents on its properties.

    Tina Gurdikian and Gina Writz, members of the Foothills Prairie Dog Task Force, urged the rec district board April 28 to move a colony of prairie dogs from the future home of a BMX track at the Schaefer Athletic Complex to another section of that property. The citizen-created group also suggested passive relocation be employed throughout Foothills’ park system.

  • On the trail of cleaner parks

    Volunteers hit the trails with trash bags in hand on April 25 in Littleton as part of the BIG Day Trails Cleanup.

    The South Suburban Park Foundation hosted volunteers at the event, aimed at cleaning up the trail system of the South Suburban Parks and Rec District. Last year, the event drew more than 150 people to pick up trash and debris.

  • Website provides information on Chatfield Reservoir expansion

    The group behind the plan to expand Chatfield Reservoir has launched a website to serve as a central location for information on the upcoming project.

    The Chatfield Reservoir Reallocation Project received final approval from the Army Corps of Engineers last October. The plan will increase water storage at the state’s most popular park by 20,600 acre-feet and boost water levels by up to 12 feet.

  • Commissioners learn about Open Space activities

    “We’re the closest foothills-and-mountain experience to the largest metro area in the state,” said Tom Hoby, Jeffco Open Space and Parks director.

    To help park visitors make decisions about which Open Space trails to use, they are rated according to difficulty, Hoby told the county commissioners on April 14.

  • BMX-bicycle park on track to open this summer

    A proposed BMX-bicycle track at Foothills Park and Recreation’s Schaefer Athletic Complex will move forward despite passionate objections from neighbors of the property.

    The Foothills board voted unanimously March 10 to let the project go forward after district staff was unable to find an alternative site or option.

    Board members had asked at their Feb. 24 meeting if an alternative location for the track existed or if the district could break a 2012 contract with Mile High BMX, which will build the park.

  • The air we breathe

    Last week, air quality was in the good range for Jefferson County and the Denver region, according to data on the state website. Driving down the hill from Evergreen and Conifer, motorists saw a bright blue sky on the eastern horizon rather than a band of brown haze.

    However, air quality in the region — and its health effects — fluctuates with changing seasons and shifting air currents.

    “Weather is the driver of all of this,” says Christopher Dann, spokesman for the Air Pollution Control Division of the state health department.

  • Spring Tree Program about to bud

    Littleton residents looking to green up their yards can once again take advantage of the city’s Spring Tree Program.

    For 20 years the city has been selling a variety of trees to residents to help create a diverse urban forest, said David Flaig, Littleton’s landscape manager. Since the program started, the city has sold more than 5,000 trees.