Prairie Vista Park (Formerly Windemere Park)

PRAIRIE VISTA PARK (Formerly Windemere Park)

Cherry Creek Vista Park & Recreational District

Location

11806 E Fair Ave
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Thanks for the community volunteers and to Golden Gate Farms for helping make the goat mowing project a success! Goats will be back at the park later this year. More information for future dates will be posted, so keep checking back for updates.

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.

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.

Prairie Vista Park Management Plan and Resources

Please review the park management plan, along with ongoing maintenance plan for more information on the long-view prairie grassland restoration process. The objective is to restore the soil coverage with native grass species, knowing it can take a few years to provide a healthier bio-mass in the soil (including weeds during the interim). Tall grasses will look different and promote a different interaction of humans in the focused gazebo, playground, fenced-in perennial flower garden and along pathways versus all across the fields. Some of the current and future plans include: 

  • Working closely with the Savory Institute, construction and maintenance teams.
  • A soil survey for re-seeding the open space, which has identified patches of inhabitable soils. The construction team is evaluating what actions need to occur to change the soil pH before re-seeding.
  • Spot tests of soil coverage in test areas for progress will be taken mid-June, along with soil ID of grasses to discuss what the re-seed mixture should include.
  • Spot spraying/edge mowing/hand-weeding in specific locations for succession and proliferation of perennial grasses.
  • Goat mowing will be scheduled in 2019 or late 2018, as needed for another method of weed control and soil restoration.
  • Fencing around the perennial garden to promote growth and protection.

Park Management Plan

Long Range Ongoing Activities

Baseline Biological Monitoring

Savory Institute Testing Decisions Worksheet

Contact the District’s management at 303-482-1002 or sees@ccrider.us with questions. Thanks for your consideration and patience with this project.

One of the first sub-urban park of its’ kind!

Prairie Vista Park provides a native, rehabilitative and sustainable park within the Cherry Creek Vista community. The design of the park focuses on re-naturalizing open land over the next decade with views to the east and connection to trails from adjacent Peakview Park and Cherry Creek State Park’s trail system.

The park was designed with a planning and construction grant awarded by Arapahoe County Open Space over the past three years. The management plan centers upon a low impact holistic approach, to help rehabilitate the open field with native grasses. The goal is to continue to promote balanced and active native plant and animal species, minimizing human intervention and impacts, while increasing use in the park’s designated active areas. Community awareness about the way native prairie grasslands work and education initiatives will continue for years to come! 

Thanks to community support and our partners from Arapahoe County Open Space, Savory Institute, Plains Conservation Center, Root Partnership, R&R Engineers, Broken Arrow Landscape and Design, Recreation Plus, JBK Landscape Inc., and Denver Water.

Amenities

  • Gazebo
  • Grill
  • Trail
  • Playground
  • Picnic Benches
  • Native Open Space
  • Standard project construction grant approved in June 2016 by Arapahoe County Open Space! Link to grant and planning documents.

A repository of plant and animal photo images will be created when the park is complete so you can post your photos of the park with a QR code you can find on signs around the park! Please check back for this link later in 2018.

https://bouldercolorado.gov/osmp/nativegardens

https://bouldercolorado.gov/osmp/tips-for-growing-native-plants

 

 

 

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WINDEMERE PARK TO HIGHLIGHT PRAIRIE LANDSCAPE

Utilizing the natural landscape of the high dry prairie, The Cherry Creek Vista Park and Recreation District has launched the planning phase for Windemere Park.

Windemere Park is bordered by Centennial, Greenwood Village and unincorporated Arapahoe County. A 2015 planning grant has been funded by Arapahoe County Open Space and a project grant will be applied for in 2016. The park includes natural waterways and open land with views to the east and connection to trails from adjacent Peakview Park.

There will be land dedicated to native plant species and experential play elements managed under a holistic approach. Assistance from the Plains Conservation Center of Auroara has been beneficial in creatinga park plan with educational elements, natives grasses and walking paths while completing the link between the Cherry Creek Visat parks and the Cherry Creek State Park's trails system. In addition, Cherry Creek Vista Park and Recreation compiled results from a community survey to aid in Windemere Park’s redesign. With completion projected in 2017, Windemere Park will preserve open space with natural beauty in the southeast suburbs.

To learn more about the CC Vista Park and Recreation District please visit the district's website at: www.ccvprd.org or contact the District Manager, Sarah Shepherd at 303 482 1002 or sees@ccrider.us

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