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Current Projects
Visit this page often to get up-to-date information on current Open Spaces projects. To obtain more detailed information on any of the projects listed below, contact Open Spaces at 720-874-6540 or by email.

What's happening along the South Platte?

Accomplishments in 2016
Thanks to the generous voters of the Open Space Sales and Use Tax, Arapahoe County provided funding for and participated with our local partners on many projects in 2016 that we're thrilled to celebrate. We hope you enjoy them all including, Creekside Experience, Reynolds Landing, Lee Gulch Overlook and River Run.

Current Projects
South Platte Park

South Platte Park is all about getting back to nature. With easy access near Aspen Grove, park users enjoy the heart of the Mary Carter Greenway in the 848-acre park. River enhancements will protect the ecology of the river and improve riparian habitats. Keep your eye out; you’re bound to catch sight of some amazing wildlife. Funding partners include Littleton, Arapahoe County, South Suburban Park and Recreation District and Urban Drainage and Flood Control District.

What's happening along the Cherry Creek?

Accomplishments in 2016
Arapahoe Road Trailhead

Arapahoe Road was the last major barrier between the County line and State Park. Bridge work was completed in summer of 2016 and on November 17 the new trailhead amenities were dedicated.

What's happening along the High Line Canal?

Quebec Way Trailhead

In early 2014, the County acquired a small property adjacent to the High Line Canal along Quebec Way between Iliff and E. Florida. Development is underway and to create parking and trailhead amenities - enhancing public access to the High Line Canal. The project is expected to wrap up in spring 2017.

Enhancing the High Line
South Suburban Park and Recreation District, in partnership with Arapahoe County, Littleton and Centennial is working to upgrade infrastructure from County Line Rd., to Orchard Rd. Enhancements to include four pedestrian bridge replacements, a new pedestrian bridge, restroom facilities and a new trail connection.

What's happening at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Park?
Coming soon, and currently in the design phases, are plans for a new outdoor covered arena and west wing expansion of the exhibit hall. 

The outdoor covered arena will boast 36,000 square feet and be the prime space for rodeos, drop in riding, horse shows and any type of agricultural events and shows.

The new wing at the exhibit hall will greatly expand the Fairgrounds booking capacities. This addition will allow for much larger and more commercial trade shows, regional athletic events and an extended line-up of festivals and animal related shows. It also can serve as a training or conference facility, opening the doors to a variety of new customers.

Additionally, Phase 1 of the Park project also is underway to develop approximately 110-acres of open space at the Fairgrounds Park. Amenities will include a new main entrance, central green with walkways and picnic shelter, natural surface trails, and water features with natural meandering stream play area. See the proposed park design here. Stay tuned for current updates. 

Arapahoe County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
Arapahoe County is kicking off a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master planning process and we want your involvement.  If you are interested in making Arapahoe County more walkable and bike-friendly, visit to learn about the project and upcoming opportunities to provide input.