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Please feel free to  Leave A Comment here regarding your desires for the parks, concerns or issues you may have insight on, or any other constructive ideas you may be able to provide.  Please be sure to indicate which park you are commenting on.

*As a reminder, in order for comments to be as constructive as possible, please remember to be polite, and thoughtful in your comments! We are all part of the community who cares about the Arapahoe County amenities in the 4 Square Mile area.

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  1. I’d like to second Doug Malkan’s (and others’) comments about considering an off-leash dog park at Cheyenne-Arapaho Park. I live within walking distance to Cheyenne-Arapaho Park and take my dog almost every day to one of Denver’s dog parks, but we have to drive. It would be wonderful to have a neighborhood off-leash area to provide a safe place for our dogs to exercise while their humans get to know their local neighbors. Denver Colorado is known nationwide for our affinity for our dogs – let’s continue to factor that into our city planning for spaces like this one that are away from trails and located in densely-populated areas.

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  2. I printed off one of the concept pages and filled in the option questions-where or whom can I mail this to? I live in the area and use the Cheyenne-Arapahoe park almost daily but have been gone during both public meetings.

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  3. On my earlier comments at the meeting, but wanted to stress it again. If you put in ‘social areas’ (ie, exercise stations, picnic areas, etc), please have awareness for the proximity to a residence. We leave on the east side of the Cheyenne Arapahoe park and love that the park provides a sort of ‘privacy’. To have someone exercising right outside our backyard would be very uncomfortable. I especially want to emphasize this because earlier this year, we had someone break into our house from the park. We do not want to have an environment that allows someone to easily watch our home without suspicion. Thanks.

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  4. Please do not put a playground in Cheyenne-Arapaho Park. This will attract teens late at night who may vandalize and ruin the playground for everyone. This will also upset the homeowners at 9300 E. Florida Ave Community who face the park and want peace at night with their windows open. Especially in the Summer. We already have enough trash (weed containers and empty liquor bottles on Iowa Ave from teens partying and doing who knows what. They make enough noise as is and we don’t need anymore of this. Garden would be fine but I think the wildlife will get to this and discourage people from using this and eventually will be a waste of space. If there is a play area, make it a play area for Adults. Pull up bars, dip bars and multiple boxes or tree stumps for box jumps (Plyometrics)

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  5. Thank you to everyone who has left a comment here. Your ideas and feedback are invaluable to the process. If you missed us at the first public meeting, don’t worry. There’s still time to join the conversation. You can take the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/4squaremileparks until Sunday, August 27.

    Next Steps: As the survey closes, we will compile all of the information we’ve gathered here, on the survey and from the meeting and begin to draft concepts. We will keep you posted on our next public meeting. Please check back for updates.

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  6. Long’s Pine Grove Park is the perfect place for a pedestrian bridge to the Highline Canal Trail. A beautiful multiuse bridge from the park to the trail would provide great trail access and would frame the park as an entrance onto the trail, and vice versa, a bridge would frame the park as an inviting place for people that are on the trail.

    Some benches so people could sit and look at the view of the mountains would be nice, and walkers and bikers on the trail could take a rest break at the park. There are currently no benches or places near that area on the Highline Canal trail to rest. Also, shade should be incorporated into the design.

    Florida Ave. should be widened and straighten on the uphill stretch between the bridge and the stop sign at Uinta Way using a sliver of the parks’ property. Right now cars traveling uphill have to swerve to the left to avoid hitting a fence on the park’s property.

    Long’s Pine Grove Park is a clumsy name with no real meaning. Another, better name for the park should be selected. Some ideas might be Mountain View Park, Mountain View Gardens Park, Long’s View Park, Uinta Park or Florida Park.

    Uinta Way is not a wide enough street to support parking for the park and still be wide enough for two-way traffic, so limited off-street parking needs to be addressed. Night-lighting in a parking lot is not desirable as this is a residential area with residential character. The last thing we want at this location is a parking lot lit up like Wal-Mart at night. Other park lighting, if any, should be minimal, dimmed and downcast.

    Long’s Pine Grove should not be an off-leash dog park, the neighborhood is against it, the parking would be inadequate, the traffic situation onto Florida is problematic, and dog walking is already readily available on the Highline Canal Trail, especially with the addition of a bridge to the trail. Cheyenne-Arapaho Park however seems a great location for a dog park, having no trails in the area. There might be a need for one there given the high density of multi-family units which do not have backyards and Cheyenne-Arapaho seems to have a natural separation into two halves and decent on-street parking.

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    1. Thank you for your ideas and feedback about the parks. Traffic-related issues are not being directly addressed by this process through Open Spaces, however we will forward your traffic comments/concerns to our Public Works transportation division. Parking issues at/near Long’s Pine Grove will be considered throughout this process.

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  7. The park should allow access via a bridge to connect to the Highline canal trail. Cheyenne-Arapaho makes sense for a dog park, not Long’s Pine Grove. A park that allows for mixed use and encourages utilization would be best. This could include a loop trail through the park, a fully functional bathroom (because there is water and sere through the existing house) rather than port-a-potties, a picnic pavilion and play ground. I also think that the park should have a mix of natural and more developed spaces. While I agree with the comments that there should be some parking, the amount of parking should be balanced so as not to sacrifice too much of the park. Also, because of the water availability, a community garden area could be a good use.

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  8. Long’s Pine Park is great setting for a neighborhood park. I am not in favor of a dog park. The canal is available for dog walking and partial dog parks become all dog parks and they become destination parks. Parking on South Uinta Way at Florida is problematic and this adds to the dilemma. Because it curves at the end it is difficult to see oncoming traffic. Is it possible to restrict parking on the very end of the street. Additionally, the stop sign at that intersection is better than before but woefully inadequate for the major thoroughfare that East Florida Avenue has become (as well as South Uinta Way having become a shortcut for northbound Parker road drivers to avoid the light at South Parker Road and East Florida Avenue.) Please address traffic and parking with this project.

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    1. Thank you for your ideas and feedback about the parks. Traffic-related issues are not being directly addressed by this process through Open Spaces, however we will forward your traffic comments/concerns to our Public Works transportation division. Parking issues at/near Long’s Pine Grove will be considered throughout this process.

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  9. Park should include ample parking so that Florida is not further impacted by park cars if dogs are allowed they should be leashed I would favor trails and small picnic areas

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  10. Hi, I can’t attend it but would like to pass this along. First, I’ve lived near the highline cal for 30+ years and walk it regularly w/my dogs. In the last several years, 9 out of 10 people on bicycles fly by you without any announcement. It has gotten much worse the last 5 years. Most of this group is rude and think they own the paved trails. Could you please educate them, or place signs along the way for them to announce their approach or get a bicycle bell or something. Talk to any walkers on the trails and they will say the same. Cyclists are rude. They even ride side by side and will not move to a single lane while they pass you. Otherwise……thank you very much for putting these sessions on. It is much ppreciated.

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    1. Thank you for your ideas and feedback about the parks. We are currently working on a Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan that includes education and outreach policies. Please check http://www.arapahoegov.com and our social media outlets for upcoming information on the Bike/Ped plan.

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    1. Thank you for your ideas and feedback. Parker Road is under Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) control. We encourage you to reach out to them with your ideas about safe crossings.

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  11. Years ago, I suggested that Florida be tunneled under the High Line Canal. With the Long’s Pine Park in development, I would like to see Denver, Arapaho, and Water Board come together and make a large open space, inclusive of where Florida St and the bridge now exist. Then, all of Florida could be widened and tunneled, with perhaps accessory narrower “service” roads to the Park, library and neighborhood for residents, guests and emergency vehicles. Florida has become a major thoroughfare without adequate infrastructure. In addition, it is obvious that the Planning Commission is heading towards more development of the MVG area. Over the next few decades the only area that will resemble the name Mountain View Gardens will be the Long’s Pine Park. Rectifying the congestion of cars on Florida now makes financial sense. Work is planned to tunnel under Parker at Mississippi to divert bike and pedestrian traffic. Why not combine that project with a tunnel at Florida between Parker Rd and So. Quebec Way or Street? Open space increases property values in the long run. Use some “creative” financing or call it a “Tabor Enterprise”. The Florida route affects Denver, Aurora, and unincorporated Arapaho County. We need cooperation and some vision.

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    1. Thank you for your ideas and feedback about the parks. Traffic-related issues are not being directly addressed by this process through Open Spaces, however we will forward your traffic comments/concerns to our Public Works transportation division.

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  12. I like the idea of a multi-use park. I think a fenced off-leash dog park would be ideal since many apartments are in the area. I prefer the dog park here rather than Long’s Pine. Long’s Pine seems more for the athletes, and Cheyenne-Arapaho more family/dog/kid oriented.

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  13. Concerning the Long’s Pine Grove Park, I believe it’s important to provide parking other than on the street. Uinta Way is overcrowded as is, and parking for the park should not be on Uinta or Florida. “No parking” signs should be placed on those streets. Also, I am not in favor of having this a dog park. I would favor trails and minimal picnic facilities. This should be a neighborhood park, not a destination park.

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    1. Thank you for your ideas and feedback about the parks. Parking issues at/near Long’s Pine Grove will be considered throughout this process.

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