Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Douglas County Commissioner and Board Chair, Lora Thomas, Castle Pines Mayor Tera Radloff, city officials and community members today celebrated the dedication of the newly designed Daniels Park Road. The roadway extends through Daniels Park, a scenic Denver Mountain Park located in Douglas County, between Castle Pines Parkway and Griggs Road.
The $3.6 million Douglas County project includes 1.7 miles of realigned paved roadway, 3-miles of old-style buck fencing and 1.8-miles of new bison fencing. Paving the previously gravel surfaced road was completed to help reduce erosion, dust and sediment. The new alignment increases safety while adding landscape and other beautification features to the park.
The project also includes four new paved parking lots and 50 parking spaces within the park that allow access to new viewing areas of the Front Range and bison herd. Additionally, two miles of new soft surface trails now complete the connection from the Castle Pines Parkway trailhead through Daniels Park, to Douglas County’s East-West Trail system north of Griggs Road.
“Our families deserve nothing less than easily accessible, safe and fun parks where our people of all ages can play and gather,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “That includes here at our mountain parks, and it’s important that we support efforts that improve and expand access to these phenomenal assets so we that we can bring more recreation opportunities to more people.”
The Daniels Park Road improvements implements part of the Daniels Park Master Plan. The Master Plan’s recommendations are incorporated into the intergovernmental agreement between Denver and Douglas County which details park improvements, construction and operational authority.
“What began 21 years ago as a discussion between Denver and Douglas County about Daniels Park roadway-safety and access-improvements, led our organizations on a collaborative journey that resulted in our 2008 cooperative agreement — detailing a partnership for Daniels Park improvements that will benefit our communities today and for generations to come,” said Lora Thomas, Douglas County Commissioner and Board Chair.
Located in Douglas County, the 1,000-acre park is characterized by its unique sandstone ridge setting, historic ranch, bison herd, and spectacular views of the Front Range. Daniels Park Road follows the alignment of the First Colorado Territorial Road, a pre-1864 wagon and stagecoach road leading south from Denver. The historic road bisects the park along the ridgeline at an elevation of 6,250 feet, offering a panoramic 100+ mile view of the Front Range from Pike’s Peak to the Mummy Range near the Wyoming border.
Daniels Park Road will be open to the public on Wednesday, July 25.
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