BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
On October 22, Cherry Hills Village city officials, including Mayor Russell Stewart and Parks and Recreation Coordinator Emily Black, along with the project management team from HPM Contracting, showed those around who were hearty enough to walk through the slightly muddy project at 8:00 a.m. on a cool morning.
HPM is dredging and reshaping ponds, building a new fishing bridge, and adding new wetlands with a boardwalk through it, as well as new trees. Additional open space will also be part of the 13.8 total acres of newly redesigned park area.
The Villager spoke to Marie Frederickson, a 36-year resident of the area near the new park. Mrs. Frederickson told us she has been watching the construction and is very excited about the plans. She told us she rode horses there years ago.
The total project cost for John Meade Park and the nearby companion project Alan Hutto Memorial Commons is $3,456,700. To help pay for it, grants were applied for and received in the amounts of $500,000 from Arapahoe Count Open Spaces and $200,000 from Mile High Flood District (formerly Urban Drainage Flood Control District). The Cherry Hills Land Preserve donated $10,000 to the effort, and $573,300 was authorized to be used from CHV’s Parks and Recreation Fund for the project. The remaining $2,173,400 was borrowed in the form of certificates of participation.
John Meade Park and Alan Hutto Memorial Gardens are expected to be finished in September 2020.
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