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Text: Skills Area Naming Survey. Image: Photo of Skills Area and soccer ball with El Salvador flag flying into netSkills Area 
The city of Aurora in partnership with the country of El Salvador, the Consulate General of El Salvador and Salvadorenos Residiendo en Colorado (SARCO) have requested "Skills Area," an existing Aurora park, be named “El Salvador Park." El Salvador has a significant presence in Aurora - it has the third largest foreign-born demographic group in the city, and officially opened its consulate in Aurora in 2017. The El Salvador Consulate represents the first diplomatic post in our city, and the first consulate in Colorado to be located outside of Denver.

The existing "Skills Area” (20101 E. Hampden Ave.) has been identified as the proposed site for being a citywide attraction. This special use park, built in 2006, is 10.2 acres and includes four soccer practice fields for local players and teams. Soccer is of great importance in El Salvador which makes this site a perfect choice for the new name.

Visit EngageAurora.org/SkillsArea to learn more about this project and leave feedback regarding the naming of Skills Area.






Tennis & Pickleball Court ResurfacingTwo women playing pickleball on an outdoor court
Select tennis and pickleball courts will be closed for maintenance and resurfacing in July 2022. During the surfacing process, all courts at the below locations will be closed for the duration of the project. Work will be completed as quickly as possible, but the maintenance is weather-dependent. Below closure dates are estimates and slight schedule modifications are likely.

- July 5 – 8 – Highland Hollows Park (1358 S. Uravan St.) – adding two pickleball courts
- July 11 – 14 – Crestridge Park (14751 E. Yale Ave.) – adding two pickleball courts
- July 14 – 22 – La Parquita Park (4041 S. Mission Pkwy.) – resurfacing one tennis court and adding two pickleball courts

Please visit AuroraGov.org/Tennis for alternate court locations during this time.




Central Recreation Center Park SiteAerial map of Central Recreation Center Park Site
The city of Aurora is making plans to design and construct a new park near the Central Recreation Center (18150 E. Vassar Place). This 12-acre park will add to the recreation center project by providing outdoor recreation activities and spaces for citizens. The park design will complement and enhance the existing recreation center. The project is currently in the master planning phase. The park is expected to be completed in late 2023.
Project highlights may include:
- Playgrounds for all ages and abilities
- Open play areas
- Concrete trails with connections to the park, the recreation center and regional trail system
- Picnic areas with shade structures, tables and grills
- Improvements to the nearby irrigation pond and the adjacent Hutchinson Channel greenbelts, up to and possibly including the removal of the pond and converting bluegrass to native grasses along the channel
- Aurora Water will partner with PROS at the public meeting(s) in regards to the irrigation pond and Hutchinson Channel

Follow the progress of the project and leave feedback at EngageAurora.org/CentralPark.







Utah Park Sidewalk & Bridge Abutment RepairsMap of Utah Park construction sidewalk closure and detour
Beginning July 11, Utah Park will be receiving repairs and drainage improvements. Portions of the concrete walkways around the pond will be replaced along with an expanded boardwalk for better circulation. Please follow posted sidewalk and trail detours.

Pond edges will be stabilized with large boulders and bridge abutment approach slab replacements will be implemented as part of this project.
Please follow posted sidewalk and trail detours.

Funded by Arapahoe County Open Space Tax Shareback.

For more information, click here.














High Line Canal North Trail Renovations
This priority project will construct nearly two miles of multi-use trail to close the gap between Colfax Avenue and recent improvements constructed north of I-70. Major features include a new trail overpass to cross I-70 east of Tower Road and a new pedestrian bridge over the High Line Canal south of Smith Road. An enhanced at-grade railroad crossing north of Smith Road will benefit cyclists and pedestrians. Building this priority section of the trail will complete one of the final gaps in the 71-mile High Line Canal Trail system.   

 

The project is currently in the design phase with construction anticipated to begin in Summer 2022. Trail completion is expected in Spring 2023. For more information and ways to engage, visit EngageAurora.org/HLCT.


Hoffman Park
Hoffman Park (12651 E. 7th Ave.) is being renovated with plans to reopen in summer 2022. Renovations include resurfacing of the basketball court, new fencing and benches around the court, new shade structures, a new inclusive playground with a wavy walk, replaced walkways and native grass conversion.

Backboards for the renovated basketball court were donated by Mr. Denman's Pack from South Middle School. Pack Fridays at South Middle School are aimed at learning new skills, getting involved and building community. Mr. Denman’s Pack focused on the topic of basketball and, after a field trip to the park, decided to donate hoops for the community to enjoy for years to come! On May 24, Parks, Recreation and Open Space Director Brooke Bell met the Pack to thank them for their contribution to their community. For more information on this project, click here.


Photo of basketball court at Hoffman ParkPhoto of PROS Director Brooke Bell with South Middle School students, one holding a large check, to signify donation of backboards for Hoffman ParkPhoto of new playground and wavy walk at Hoffman Park


Overpass for High Plains Trail
Construction on the High Plains Trail connector project began in April 2022 and is expected to be completed by Fall 2022. This $5.2 million multimodal project will connect two major regional trails including the Cherry Creek Regional Trail and the High Plains Trail. The first phase of the regional connection project will take approximately six months to complete and install a grade-separated overcrossing at Parker Road, which will connect to the existing Cherry Creek Regional Trail. Work will begin just north of Preservation Park & Trailhead and will move east across S. Parker Road (near mile marker 63). Planned improvements include: pedestrian bridge installation, trail enhancements, and landscape/irrigation improvements. (Provided by Arapahoe County) For more updates and more information, visit Arapahoe County Open Spaces here.
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