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Outdoors

  • Balancing outdoor recreational needs with wildlife preservation

    Getting outdoors in wide-open spaces can have health benefits for people. However, converting wild, unspoiled lands into recreational venues for humans can have a questionable impact on wildlife 

    Finding a balance between outdoor recreational needs and wildlife protection was a focus of the PLAN Jeffco conference on Nov. 16 in Golden.

    “Can wildlife survive in these areas humans tend to develop?” Dr. Mat Allredge, wildlife researcher with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, asked during his presentation. “Will all wildlife be tolerated?”

  • Open Space master plan criticized for health focus

    The relationship between open space and public health gets an inordinate amount of attention in a second draft of the master plan for Jeffco Parks and Open Space, according to some members of the advisory committee.

    “I think there is an inordinate amount of text devoted to community health,” Jan Wilkins said while reviewing the second draft of the plan with other committee members last Thursday night.

    “There are so many aspects of open space,” Wilkins said. “There should be a more comprehensive description of what we do.”

  • Jeffco Open Space seeks clear goals for next five years

    Jeffco Open Space wants its new master plan to do more than just collect dust.

    The plan, which gets an overhaul every five years, will include a set of benchmarks to help the Open Space Division see if it’s meeting stated goals. Previous master plans have lacked goals and objectives that could be measured, said Jeffco Parks and Open Space Director Tom Hoby.

  • Staunton State Park packing them in

    Since its May 18 opening, Colorado’s newest state park has been packing in the crowds. 

    “The number of visitors was much higher than we expected,” said Jennifer Anderson, manager at Staunton State Park.

    From May 18-31, approximately 25,000 visitors experienced the 3,828-acre park southwest of Conifer. Anderson said more than 46,000 people entered the park in June.

  • Jeffco Open Space seeking to streamline land acquisition process

    Jefferson County Open Space is looking to streamline its process for acquiring property. 

    During the Open Space Advisory Committee's retreat last week, committee members discussed a blanket resolution that would allow the Open Space Division to enter into negotiations for property that fits into its master plan.

    Under the current system, if Open Space is approached by a landowner wishing to sell property, it must seek permission from the advisory committee before beginning negotiations. 

  • Taking a stroll

    Ashley Piniazkiewicz leads a group of women on a brief run during a program called Stroller Strides on May 23 at Clement Park. The group meets regularly to exercise and enjoy camaraderie with other mothers.

  • Staunton is a stunner

    Staunton State Park’s much-anticipated opening weekend didn’t disappoint.

    “It’s been crazy getting ready for this, but seeing people happy has made all of the blood, sweat and tears worth it,” said Jennifer Anderson, the park manager. “I couldn’t have asked for the weekend to be better.”

  • Colorado's newest state park set to debut

    Conifer’s newest neighbor is settled in and ready to host its first open house.

    After several delays, Staunton State Park will open to the public this weekend with a two-day grand opening packed with events and activities.

    “This has been a long time coming, and I’m excited to share this amazing park with others,” said park manager Jennifer Anderson.

  • Cyclists, residents discuss road safety in Deer Creek Canyon

    Nearly 100 concerned cyclists and Deer Creek Canyon residents joined Jeffco County Commissioner Donald Rosier at the Sampson Community Club building in Littleton last Wednesday to discuss safety on the canyon’s roads.

    “The issue here is safety,” Rosier told the packed house. “Nobody here is happy with the way things are now, and that’s why we’re here tonight.”

  • Staunton State Park gets finishing touches

    The finishing touches are being put on Staunton State Park before its long-awaited debut on May 18.

    “There’s still so much to do,” park manager Jennifer Anderson said of the five weeks leading up to the opening. “Planting trees, hanging signs, (painting) the roads and parking lots — but all the hard work is worth it.”