Visitors to South Platte Park will notice $1 million worth of recently completed upgrades, highlighted by a 14-foot sculpture commemorating the 1965 …
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Visitors to South Platte Park will notice $1 million worth of
recently completed upgrades, highlighted by a 14-foot sculpture
commemorating the 1965 Littleton flood.
Other additions include an extra multiuse trail, men’s and
women’s restroom facilities, picnic shelters and a paved entrance
road and parking area. The bronze sculpture, which was designed by
ECOS Communications out of Boulder, depicts raging waves.
“It actually duplicates the water level that the water was from
the South Platte, and people are pretty amazed to see how high the
water was,” Arapahoe County Commissioner Susan Beckman said.
The sculpture is also surrounded by informative panels
describing the flood and what happened before and after the
disaster. On June 16, 1965, severe thunderstorms created a wall of
water that roared down the South Platte, causing devastation all
the way to the Nebraska border.
“It was quite an event here in 1965, and we just want people to
know about it,” said Dave Lorenz, executive director of South
Suburban Parks and Recreation.
The South Platte Working Group comprises members from South
Suburban Park and Recreation; Arapahoe County; the cities of
Littleton, Englewood, Bow Mar, Greenwood Village, Cherry Hills
Village, Sheridan and Columbine Valley; and several other
Since its inception in 2006, the group has garnered more than
$25 million in funding to improve the environment and recreational
areas along the South Platte River.
During the past seven years, the group has protected more than
20,000 acres of land, conserved wildlife habitats, purchased and
established open space areas, built trail connections and provided
various forms of outdoor recreation.
“They should be very proud of the work they’ve done, because
they’ve given a tremendous asset to the community that will be
enjoyed for many, many years,” Beckman said.
The South Platte Working Group has undertaken more than 20
projects and receives funding from many sources, including a $5.25
million grant from Great Outdoors Colorado.
A fishing pier and an approach to the river, both with
handicapped access, are scheduled for completion later this spring.
South Platte Park remains one of the largest suburban parks in the
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