Infinity Park South Delivers Much Needed Green Space for Glendale Residents

September 28, 2010

Residents in Glendale, CO now have a gathering place with infinite possibilities for families and friends alike. In Glendale, where there are only 3 single-family homes, the new, 8-acre Infinity Park South provides much needed green space for residents and the surrounding communities.

 
This beautiful, open space offers a synthetic turf Sports Field, a Park Pavilion and a Fieldhouse Deck, all of which may be reserved for private or public events at www.infinityparkatglendale.com. The Park also features walking paths, public gardens, picnic areas, lawns and free wireless throughout. In addition, there is the only municipal owned International Rugby Board-sanctioned field in the U.S.  

“The completion of Infinity Park South is the culmination of a group of great projects that changed the dynamic of the City of Glendale to one focused on a diverse community that has numerous opportunities for enjoying family oriented recreation as well as making it the rugby capital of the USA,” says Gene Fatur, Project Executive with Turner Construction, the General Contractor on this project.  

Over 20,000 cubic yards of soil excavated from the adjacent stadium project were utilized within the park to create dramatic, rolling topography, reminiscent of the Front Range foothills.  Much of the excavated material was placed over the park maintenance fieldhouse to screen it from views within the park and create an observation deck above the structure.

“Having that much fill material on-site before the project started could be considered by some to be a hindrance but we saw it as a great opportunity to sculpt the landform of the park,” says Ian Anderson, landscape architect with Design Studios West and project manager for Infinity Park.  

 

“Glendale loves rugby but it also encourages outdoor recreation of all kinds so we wanted the park design to support that ethic,” says Anderson.  The network of pathways within the park create “Infinity loops” that offer a variety of routes, distances and slopes for walking and jogging and further enforces the park as a center for active recreation and fitness. 

 

With the completion of this portion of the two-block project, the initial vision for Infinity Park is finally realized: “a great urban park”.  “There are now places for the community to stroll, people-watch and enjoy unscheduled activities, as well as for an organized event,” comments Doni Visani, a Senior Principal at Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative. “Particular attention was paid to maximizing the potential uses of the park and creating a multiplier effect. For example, the park will be well-lit through the evening hours and during darker winter days.  This lets people enjoy the park longer, but it also creates a safer place, “ Visani continues.

Thanks to the generous voters of Arapahoe County, on June 10, the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners distributed $8.6 million in Open Space Shareback funds and nearly $1.8 million in new grants to 14 cities, towns and special districts at the annual Open Space Shareback and Awards presentation.

In November 2003, Arapahoe County voters approved a countywide .25 percent sales and use tax for the preservation of open space in Arapahoe County. Collection of the tax began Jan. 1, 2004 and 50 percent of the annual tax revenue is returned to incorporated cities and towns based upon population, for the purpose of providing and enhancing local parks, trails, recreation and open space. More than $57 million in Open Space Shareback Funds has been distributed to municipalities since the program’s inception.

In addition, 12% of the annual tax revenue is set aside for competitive grants to eligible special districts and municipalities for outdoor recreation projects related to open space, parks and trails. More than $13.3 million in grants have been awarded since 2004.

Funds generated by the Open Space tax are dedicated to preserve open space and natural areas; protect lands that preserve water; improve neighborhood parks, sports fields, picnic facilities and trails; protect wildlife habitat; preserve agriculture and ranchlands; and maintain heritage areas.

“The reason for the success of this development was the trust developed between all of the team members where personal agendas were put aside in favor of creating unique beautiful solutions.  It has truly been like working together with a family and we have all become lifelong friends,” comments Fatur.

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