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By Meghan Godby

Anderson Park is a cornerstone of the Wheat Ridge community. It’s where children go to splash in the outdoor pool, and where you’ll find the beloved Carnation Festival every summer. The 28-acre park has been a city staple for close to 50 years, drawing in not only local residents, but also members of nearby communities.

Because of its popularity and heavy use, the park has seen better days. Thanks to 2E, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by voters back in 2016, the city has plans to revamp the park over the next year or so. The contract was awarded in late August and after a Demo Day Celebration on Sep. 19, crews went straight to work. The interior of the Anderson Building and the pool bathhouse has already been demolished and asbestos abatement has been completed. All of the work should be wrapped up by July 2019.

Other than interior renovations and building upgrades, the city has many festival-friendly enhancements in mind, including a larger pavilion, improved performance stage and even a new sidewalk for better pedestrian mobility and safety. Changes like new lighting, roof replacements and portable fencing are also in the works.

So, who is working on the project? It’s certainly a team effort. The city has partnered with several organizations to make their renovation goals a reality. Moore, Iacofano, Goltsman, Inc. helped complete the park master plan, while Barker, Rinker, Seacat Architecture worked on design, development and construction. The construction contractor, GH Phipps, has nearly 40 workers and sub-contractors on site working tirelessly to meet deadlines.

Large-scale projects often run into hang-ups, but Matt Anderson, Analyst for the city’s Parks and Recreation department, says everything is going according to plan.

“A contingency fund was created to account for unanticipated construction expenses,” he explains. “Construction workers have not run into any obstacles and the project remains on schedule.”

The 2E tax increase added $6.5 million dollars to the city budget and Anderson Park is just one of the four projects that will receive funding. Other projects include a partial widening of Wadsworth Boulevard, construction to facilitate growth around the G Line rail station and I-70 on/off ramps as part of the new Clear Creek Crossing development.

To learn more about the Anderson Park renovation, contact Matt Anderson at 303-231-1307 or manderson@ci.wheatridge.co.us. Information on the other three projects can be found on the city’s website at ci.wheatridge.co.us.