Littleton receives more than $1 million for open space and parks

Council Member Bill Hopping

On June 16, the Board of County Commissioners distributed $16.4 million in funding from the Arapahoe County Open Space program, and Littleton was awarded $1,330,414 of that amount to improve parks, trails, and open space in the city.

Of the $13.1 million in shareback funds, Littleton received $1,030,414. Arapahoe County has one of the largest shareback programs in Colorado with 50 percent of the open space tax revenue returned to cities and towns, based on population, to enhance parks, trails, recreation, and open space each year.

In addition to the shareback money, the City of Littleton was given a $300,000 open space grant to improve Bowles Grove Park. The city matched that grant with an additional $183,670. The plan includes ballfield renovations, multipurpose field upgrades, and water quality improvements.

Since its inception, the open space program has built or improved 214 miles of trail, participated in more than 150 park and trailhead projects, supported improvements to 34 playgrounds and 16 ballfield projects, reclaimed more than 160 acres of land and eight stream-miles, and conserved more than 33,000 acres of open space.