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Posted on: August 8, 2022

The Arapahoe County 5K Trail Run is Sept. 15!

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A timed run along the Chery Creek Trail in Centennial. BBQ and live bluegrass at the finish line!

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Posted on: August 5, 2022

Meet our new Arapahoe County CSU Extension Director

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Arapahoe County Open Spaces is thrilled to announce the appointment of new CSU Extension Director Dina Baker, following a four-month extensive search. Dina began at the County Aug. 8.

Dina will head the Arapahoe County CSU Extension division, overseeing ni...

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Posted on: July 21, 2022

High Line Canal trail underpass improvements underway

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The High Line Canal Trail near Parker Road and E. Mississippi Ave. will be closed while crews install the permanent pedestrian railing along the trail on the south side of Parker Road. The closure will begin at 7 a.m. August 15 and run through 7 p.m. Augu...

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Posted on: July 19, 2022

Wagons West—a Musical Tribute at the 17 Mile House Farm Park

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Drop by 17 Mile House Farm Park to enjoy the musical program Wagons West, featuring pastimes from the 1800s. Suzie and Gary make history come alive with their songs and stories of Colorado pioneers, Native Americans, gold miners, cowboys and more. The son...

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Posted on: July 8, 2022

Enter your best work in Public Competitions at the Arapahoe County Fair

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Enter your creations in four categories: Culinary Arts, Visual Arts, Fiber Arts, and Skilled Arts. Earn ribbons (and bragging rights!) from a panel of expert judges.

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Posted on: June 15, 2022

Arapahoe County CSU Extension wins regional award for Urban Ranchers Camp

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Demonstrating excellence in animal science programming 

The Arapahoe County CSU Extension 4-H team in June received a Western Regional Award for Excellence in Animal Science Programming, for the Urban Ranchers Day Camp program. The team will be re...

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Posted on: June 13, 2022

Explore YOUR outdoors at the 17 Mile House Farm Park

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Drop by 17 Mile House Farm Park and experience outdoors at the farm with CSU Extension 4-H program specialists. They will introduce youth to urban wildlife, trees, and nature around the 17 Mile House. Featured activity: see and feel animal skins and skull...

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Posted on: June 1, 2022

Bike to Work Day is June 22

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It’s a great day to hit the trails and try commuting to work by bike! Stop by our stations for breakfast burritos and local pastries, updated trail maps, cool swag, and more. Brought to you in partnership with the City of Centennial, Denver Sout...

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Posted on: May 11, 2022

Wool Spinning at the 17 Mile House Farm Park

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Drop by 17 Mile House Farm Park and discover how animal wool is spun into the sweaters we wear. Featured activity: try wool carding by hand and dye your own sheep’s wool! We will also offer small-group tours of the historic 17 Mile House and bar...

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Posted on: May 2, 2022

Cheyenne-Arapaho Park expansion project to benefit community

Cheyenne-Arapaho Park Updates

Construction will begin mid-May 2022 on a project to renovate and activate the west side of Cheyenne-Arapaho Park in the Four Square Mile area of unincorporated Arapahoe County. The 4.6-acre park located at 9200 E. Iowa Ave. approximately one-half mile no...

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Posted on: April 21, 2022

Work begins on Parker Road Overpass for High Plains Trail

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Arapahoe County Open Spaces, Public Works & Development, and Jalisco International, Inc. will start construction of the Parker Road Overpass for High Plains Trail on Monday, April 25. 

The Open Spaces project will improve regional trail connec...

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Posted on: April 19, 2022

How to protect your flock from Avian Influenza

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Have backyard chickens? Please use the following resources for information regarding the current Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak.

Call your veterinarian if your flock shows signs of influenza or you suspect exposure.

No Vet? You can also c...

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Posted on: April 11, 2022

Water bugs at the 17 Mile House Farm Park

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Drop by 17 Mile House Farm Park and learn about water critters living in Cherry Creek from City & County of Denver Environmental Educator Donny Roush. Take a short, guided nature walk with Casey Davenhill from Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners. Featur...

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Posted on: March 22, 2022

Meet the beekeepers at the 17 Mile House Farm Park

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Drop by 17 Mile House Farm Park and learn the basics of honeybees, beekeeping, and bee-friendly gardens from the farm’s apiarists Joe and Debbie Komperda. Featured activity: make your own beeswax candle!

Saturday, April 9, 20229 a.m.–12...

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Posted on: March 7, 2022

What's the BUZZ with bees in Colorado?

Learn more about the 900 species of bees in Colorado

What's the BUZZ with bees in Colorado? These little pollinators in our backyard impact us more than you would think. With "A Beginner's Field Guide to Identifying Bees" you can learn how to identify bees in Colorful Colorado!

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Posted on: February 2, 2022

Now open: New trail underpass at Parker and Mississippi

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The High Line Canal Trail Underpass at Parker Road and Mississippi Avenue is now open to the public! This partnership with Arapahoe County Open Spaces and the City and County of Denver’s Department of Transportation & Infrastructure built this new reg...

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Posted on: January 25, 2022

Protecting the High Line Canal: Our Progress, Our Future

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This week, Arapahoe County celebrates our partners and the launch of the Canal Collaborative (formerly called the High Line Canal Working Group). The new structure for operations and management of the Canal will help ensure this regional treasure is prote...

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Posted on: January 7, 2022

17 Mile House historian brings her own personal connection to its local history

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Arapahoe County staff member Karen Sear is interviewed in the latest segment of Connected Colorado, about the historic 17 Mile House Farm Park in Centennial and her own personal connection to its local history. Watch now.

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Posted on: November 23, 2021

Planning for Arcadia Park in the Four Square Mile neighborhood is underway

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Planning is underway for a new neighborhood park within the future multi-family and paired-home housing community being planned for the Potter's House Church parcel at 9495 E. Florida Ave. The dedicated public park will provide Four Square Mile residents ...

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Posted on: December 17, 2021

Best wishes to CSU Extension Director Tim Aston

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Congratulations to Arapahoe County CSU Extension Director Tim Aston! After 9 years of service with the County, Tim will retire at the end of December 2021. Horticulture Agent Lisa Mason has been named Interim Director. Lisa has been with Arapahoe County C...

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Posted on: December 2, 2021

CSU Extension 4-H Program brings home eight state and regional awards

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Demonstrating leadership in innovative programming throughout the pandemic 

The Arapahoe County CSU Extension 4-H team was recognized with eight awards at the annual Colorado Association of Extension 4-H Agents Award Banquet Nov. 9, including a sp...

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Posted on: November 1, 2021

Kiowa Creek North Open Space Master Planning process is underway

Learn more about the Kiowa Creek Master Plan and take the survey

County seeks community input on the future of the 265-acre property

Arapahoe County is seeking public feedback for a 265-acre property located just south of the Town of Bennett. The Kiowa Creek North site was purchased by the County in 2009, specifically f...

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Posted on: October 4, 2021

Tickets on sale now for Board & Barrel!

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Arapahoe County presents a unique wintertime event featuring a snowboard rail jam, premium barrel-aged libations, s’mores, and great vendors and vibes.

Who: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds&nbs...

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Posted on: September 17, 2021

Arapahoe County awards Open Space funds at annual Shareback & Grant Awards Ceremony

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$16.6 million distributed to agency partners and $4.45?million in grants awarded ??

Arapahoe County Commissioners today celebrated the distribution of more than $21 million to cities, towns and partner agencies ...

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Posted on: September 16, 2021

Explore Arapahoe County with our updated Bike and Trail map

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This map highlights our vast network of bike and walking trails which are yours to enjoy!

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Posted on: September 9, 2021

Don’t miss our last 5K Trail Walk/Run of 2021 on Oct. 9!

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The course begins and ends at our newest trailhead and park, Long’s Pine Grove, along the High Line Canal

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Posted on: September 7, 2021

Get back in the saddle for the 2021 Bike to Work Day on Sept. 22

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Arapahoe County Open Spaces is pumped up and ready to hand out breakfast burritos from Little Anita’s, bike bells you’ll actually want to use, coffee, snacks, and copies of the 2021 Explore Arapahoe Bike and Trails Ma...

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Posted on: September 1, 2021

Treat Street at the Arapahoe County Scaregrounds

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On Saturday, Oct. 23, come out for a safe day of trick-or-treating and spooktacular family fun. Music, activities, costume contests and more! Wear a costume and get in FREE.

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Posted on: August 30, 2021

Honeybees and our Ecosystem at 17 Mile House Farm Park

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Drop by and learn why honeybees and pollination are important for our food supply, from the farm’s apiarists Joe and Debbie Komperda. Featuring fun, hands-on learning activities for youth.

This is a FREE event, but registration is required.Learn ...

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Posted on: August 17, 2021

Herb harvest open house at 17 Mile House Farm Park

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Drop by and learn the basics of growing, harvesting and preserving herbs, including lavender, basil and rosemary. Get recipes and discover how to make herbed vinaigrette and prepare lavender for baking. Featuring fun, hands-on learning activities for yout...

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