South Suburban Parks and Recreation news

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Partners celebrate High Line Canal Bridge Replacement Project and brand new bridges 

Project partners celebrated the brand new Franklin Street High Line Canal Bridge June 30, which was part of the High Line Canal Bridge Replacement project. Other bridges that were replaced are located at South Bannock Street and West Ridge Road; and South Suburban Ice Arena and deKoevend Park. Project partners included Arapahoe County Open Spaces, the City of Littleton, City of Centennial and South Suburban Parks and Recreation (SSPR).

South Suburban Board approves 2017 Strategic Plan

On June 14, the South Suburban Board formally adopted the district’s 2017 Strategic Plan, an internally-focused document that will help SSPR identify and address its vision and goals for the next five to ten years. It is a companion document to the 2017 Master Plan. To review the Strategic Plan, visit bitly.com/ssprd-2017-strategic-plan.

South Platte Park Management Plan updates formally adopted

The South Platte Park Management Plan updates were formally adopted by the Littleton City Council and South Suburban Board of Directors. The overall concept of the park does not change. It will be managed to be primarily a natural open space park protecting the floodplain of the river, managing the habitats for native species, and providing informal and low-impact recreational opportunities such as fishing, wildlife watching and trail use. A few primary changes that go into effect include new limitations on bulk harvesting of crawdads, eliminating gold panning unless associated with a guided program, and restricting motorized remote-controlled vehicles. The plan also clarifies that commuters may continue through the park on the Mary Carter Greenway Trail after sunset, but parking and all uses off the concrete trail after sunset are still not permitted. A copy of the plan can be accessed at ssprd.org/nature.

South Suburban to host public meetings on the 2018 Budget

The first public hearing on the district’s 2018 budget will be Wednesday, August 23 at 7 p.m. at Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 South University Boulevard.