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CHERRY CREEK VISTA PARK & RECREATION DISTRICT

Cherry Creek Vista Parks & Recreation District owns and maintains six tennis courts, a swimming pool, five parks, and four playgrounds. The District also maintains 2.6 miles of county rights-of-way along Havana Street, Orchard Road, and portions of Cherry Creek Drive. The District also maintains the adjacent brick privacy fence along those same rights-of-way.

IMPORTANT NEWS AND UPDATES

If you haven’t visited with our goats at Prairie Vista Park, there’s still time and even more reasons to come out! Weather dependent, the goats will be out at the park until Sunday, November 18, mowing down the field area.

Another cohort of goats will join in the fun in the coming weeks with an additional fence and precipitation covers to keep excessive rain and snow off these live mowers!

Common questions regarding the goats: 

Are they safe and warm? YES! The goats are farm animals and like to cuddle together at night in their igloo house. These herds live up at higher elevation than Prairie Vista and are outside all year, so they are used to the cold nights and hot sunny days. The herders, park managers, and community volunteers check on the herd, weather conditions and temperatures daily! The sturdy and high fence-line with buried posts will keep the goats from getting out and other animals from getting in.

Are they getting enough food and water? YES! These goats will over-eat if they are given too much space to roam, so the fenced-area is meant to help them regulate their eating, graze just the right amount of grass, reduce and control weeds, fertilize the ground, break up the soil and not damage the establishment of the tall native grasses! The water levels are checked daily as well and the goats don’t need a lot (think about how much a large dog needs per day).

How can I visit the goats and stay safe near them? We encourage you to stop by and visit–if the herders or volunteers are on site (typically in the afternoons), you may even get to help water them and move the fences. You may also get to step into the fences to pet the goats!

Please be reminded do not feed the goats (some human foods can actually hurt them and it takes away from them eating the grass growing in the field!) Keep your fingers out of their mouths, and keep dogs away from the fence.

Photos and video of the goat visit will be placed on the website soon, so keep checking back for updates and please call the district manager with any questions: 303-482-1002.

Thanks so much to our community volunteers and to Golden Gate Farms for helping make this project a great success!


Please keep in touch and update the district with your HOA’s contact information, website and email so the district can circulate information to your community and vice versa. Please email us if you wish to participate in communications as an HOA representative.

Cutting Back Perennials and Ornamental Grasses
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Leaves are falling, pumpkins and Halloween decorations are popping up in front yards everywhere, and the weather is getting more crisp. Soon we’ll all have tiny superheroes, cutesy cartoon characters, and mini-ghosts knocking on our doors asking us for “tricks or treats”.
 
The older superheroes, the ones who have to take care of grown up matters, are taking advantage of these warm fall days to help their plants and landscape get ready to bed down for the winter.
 
Articles from well-known landscape professionals at Colorado State University (CSU; links below) all recommend pruning perennials and ornamental grasses early in the Spring. Some perennials, if pruned or cut back at the end of the season, will lose ability to flower in the Spring. Leaving the dried out seed pods on the plant over the winter also provides food for wintering animals and insects and helps to increase plant hardiness.
 
 
 
If I can’t cut back my perennials and ornamental grasses now, then what SHOULD I do?
During these gorgeous fall days there are plenty of tasks to be done to get ready for the next growing season!
  • Assess your gardening tools and lawn mower to make sure they are in tip-top shape for next year; oil and sharpen as needed.
  • Walk through your yard and take note of all plants that will need early Spring maintenance; perennials, ornamental grasses, and Rose Bushes will do much better next year if taken care of early in the Spring.
  • Look closely at plant containers, nearby fences, and ground planters to see if there is any damage or rot; take care of all serious problems as soon as possible.
  • Look up! Since Colorado has experienced a heavy snowfall, strong winds, and hail throughout the year, some branches in your trees may be hanging on by a string. Cut or pull down broken branches as safely as possible before they fall on a living being or damage your property.
  • Hanging branches can also rub against healthy branches or the trunk of the tree causing bark removal, easy access for bugs, and many more problems.
  • Above all, don’t forget to enjoy the season!

Colorful Colorado – The science behind our fall colors

Prairie Vista (formerly Windemere) Park Updates:

The park management plan as well as other resources and status updates will be listed under the Prairie Vista Park page. Check back for additional updates 

Lakeview Park:

Please visit the Lakeview Park page for newly updated grant overview, including timelines and details of the grant project.

Cherry Creek Vista II Park (soon to be Sunrise Vista Park). Thanks to our partners:  Arapahoe County Open Space, for its grant funding this planning process, Cherry Creek Vista II HOA for the transfer of the park to the District, and to the park planning professionals and community members for making the park revitalization possible. 

Vista II Grant Information: Vista II Project Grant Please note that the grant timeline was changed to 2018-2019 for all monthly date milestones due to property ownership title issues that are now clear, and the significant permitting and planning approvals related the culvert that is included in the plan. Please check out the park overview here.

For questions, please email sees@ccrider.us.

Peakview Park Cell Tower Proposal Community Survey:

The District wishes to thank all who participated in the online and paper survey at the special walk-around and public special meeting on February 22nd at the park.

The results of the survey can be found here: Survey Summary

Updates on the plan options are forthcoming, so stay tuned.

Thanks for your input! The CCVPRD Board of Directors

 

 

 

GOAL CODES:

Please contact District Management to access the code to unlock the goals stored at all parks. Damaging or cutting locks or fencing to access pool, tennis courts, goals, or other properties is illegal and will result in action or removal or access or equipment. Please respect your parks and neighbor’s property by keeping ball play within fields and not next to fences and homes. Direct all lacrosse goal practice into the center of fields. You may need to chase the balls further, but will keep neighbors and property happy and safe!

POOL

Pool registration is available HERE

DISTRICT MEETINGS

As we continue to try to increase communications among residents and reduce expenses, regular meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm at 9300 East Belleview Ave., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, in Greenwood Village, CO.

The only exceptions: There will not be regularly scheduled meetings in February, July, and December.

The District is separate from the homeowner’s associations in the area which are managed by different boards and which have different functions within the community.

DISTRICT MAP

CCV Park Map 2016

SNOW MAP

This map shows the ATV route that JBK does for snow removal. Also, CCVPRD does various spots on Orchard as well as high traffic park areas.

Arapahoe County has plow routes on their website that anyone can view: https://www.arapahoegov.com/DocumentCenter/View/3322

Wildlife and you ….

The Board would like to remind all resident to not feed wildlife at any park! Peanuts and sunflower seeds will be cleaned up to help keep animals and humans safe. Adding human food to the mix will only threaten the animals and shared-use of the park with humans!

What to do: If you find any human food left out at parks, please contact the District’s management or landscaping company so we can help get it cleaned up. If you see someone leaving food out for animals, please share this important information with them–we all want to help keep these parks and landscapes safe and healthy for all!

For more information: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/feed_wildlife.html

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