With help from the Arapahoe County Open Space Grant Program, the City of Littleton and South Suburban Parks and Recreation (SSPR) will soon begin improvements on Bowles Grove Park. A $300,000 grant in addition to a $183,670 cash match will fund the project. The plan includes ballfield renovations, multipurpose field upgrades, and water quality improvements.
At the ballfield, work will be done on the existing backstop, fencing, dugouts, bleachers, infield mix, foul poles, and lighting. A new press box will be built and the existing press box will be demolished and replaced with a small storage shed to house the existing lighting controls and Xcel Energy electrical meter. The existing maintenance access driveway will be regraded to eliminate steep slopes and will tie into proposed concrete flatwork surrounding the ballfield. This will improve ADA access to the field, dugouts, and park trail system. A portalet enclosure will be installed and the existing sports field lighting will be upgraded with LED bulbs.
The two multipurpose fields, which are used for soccer, lacrosse, and flag football, will have the turf removed and new bluegrass turf will be installed. The existing asphalt trail has poor drainage and requires ongoing seasonal maintenance. That trail will be improved to a six-foot wide concrete trail, which will connect with the concrete improvements around the ballfield. A second portalet will also be installed at the parking lot.
The water source for the park’s irrigation system is the existing fishing pond. Water quality improvements will be made with the installation of an aeration system for the fishing pond and a water conditioner system.
Bowles Grove Park, which is located on the west side of South Federal Boulevard, is owned by both SSPR and the City of Littleton, but is managed and maintained by SSPR.