South Suburban Parks and Recreation will host a public meeting Thursday where a local architecture firm will present plans for improvements to Jackass Hill Park.
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In collaboration with the City of Littleton, the parks department hired Architerra Group— a firm focused on parks and open space planning — to design and lead the planning effort for Jackass Hill, located in southwest Littleton.
The event is the latest outreach effort for the project after an in-person event to discuss the plans was held in June and an online survey ran for most of May.
The survey found that a sizeable slice of respondents wanted to see little to no change to the park. Of the 428 respondents, more than 46% said the park is "fine as it is." A separate question, asking respondents to describe their "vision for the future of Jackass Hill Park" found more than 31% said "leave the park exactly as it is."
There was little appetite amongst respondents for new additions such as play areas, sports courts or public art — with all those suggestions receiving single-digit support. Most responses were for panoramic viewpoints with benches and soft surface walking paths. The majority of respondents, nearly 67%, said they wanted the park to have a "natural/native landscape."
The most common issues expressed through comments in the survey included maintenance and limiting visual obstruction, lack of accessibility for people with disabilities and concerns of vandalism, noise and fire hazards. Nearby residents of the park have been raising the issue of fires for years, with several incidents of fireworks in or near the park leading to panic.
Most recently, a small grass fire broke out at the park just feet from residents' homes in late March — which Littleton police believed was the result of a bottle rocket firework that was ignited. Along with fire safety, residents said they have complained of trash, smoking and general disruptive behavior from park-goers, especially late at night. It's led some to ask for a reduction in park hours, more signage about rules and possible patrols.
The event Thursday will be held at the Inn at Hudson Gardens, located at 6115 S Santa Fe Drive, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
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