Officials from Douglas County and the City and County of Denver came together July 20 at Daniels Park to celebrate an improvement project that, at least in concept, began 20 years ago. The park is …
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Officials from Douglas County and the City and County of Denver came together July 20 at Daniels Park to celebrate an improvement project that, at least in concept, began 20 years ago.
The park is owned by the City and County of Denver and located west of Castle Pines in unincorporated Douglas County.
A recently completed $3.6 million project added three miles of buck fencing along a newly paved Daniels Park Road, 1.8 miles of bison fencing, roughly two miles of soft trail and 50 parking spaces throughout the park.
“Denver was proud to partner with Douglas County to make this happen,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “Together we're going to continue to build great things and make this a great area to visit.”
Officials estimated the park would open by end-of-day on July 24.
Daniels Park is home to a bison herd that roams the area and boasts views of the Front Range, including notable local attractions like the Cherokee Ranch & Castle and to the south, Pikes Peak.
The area is a popular destination for sightseers, hikers and families, said Charles Herman, the Daniels Park caretaker of three years.
“It gets really busy,” he said. “The weekends are a little bit busier and people come out here at sunset.”
Castle Pines Mayor Tera Radloff said Daniels Park Road was used as a cut-through before the project began and her constituents reported speeding as a frequent issue.
Brad Eckert, a project manager with Denver Parks and Recreation, said the old Daniels Park Road was a 30-foot-wide dirt roadway and “straight as an arrow.” In addition to speeding, it wasn't uncommon for drivers to end up in the ditch when the road was muddy, Eckert said.
Officials hope paving, curves, fencing and a speed limit of 25 mph will slow travelers down and increase safety.
“The intent was to create more of a park-type experience,” he said.
Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas, chair of the three-member board, said the project would not have been possible without staff and previous commissioners who worked to form a 2008 agreement with Denver that resulted in the 2018 park improvements. Conversation about park improvements first started in the late 1990s.
“It's totally different,” Herman said. “I think it will help with the overall cleanliness of the park. I think people will want to respect it more now.”
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