What’s Happening – July 2023

UPON COMPLETION OF THE NEW WEST PINES BEHAVIORAL HOSPITAL in Westminster in the fall of 2024, West Pines will move its behavioral health inpatient and outpatient operations from the Lutheran Medical Center campus in Wheat Ridge. COURTESY INTERMOUNTAIN HEALTH AND ACADIA HEALTHCARE COMPANY

West Pines To Move Wheat Ridge Operations To New Westminster Behavioral Hospital In Fall 2024

Intermountain Health and Acadia Healthcare Company held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 31 for West Pines Behavioral Hospital, a new 144-bed inpatient behavioral health hospital, at 11455 Huron St., Westminster, to serve Denver area residents. 

Upon completion of the new facility in the fall of 2024, West Pines will move its behavioral health inpatient and outpatient operations from the Lutheran Medical Center campus in Wheat Ridge.  

The new behavioral health hospital will expand comprehensive inpatient and intensive outpatient services to address the growing need for accessible, high-quality behavioral health services in the Denver metro area, according to a press release from Intermountain Health and Acadia Healthcare Company.

The facility was “purposefully designed to provide state-of-the-art treatment to patients who struggle with acute symptoms of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as substance abuse disorders,” according to the release.

“The shortage of mental health resources is a national problem that we also face in Denver,” said Scott Peek, Front Range Market President for Intermountain Health. “West Pines is in an accessible location that will offer quality treatment programs and build upon its legacy of providing quality behavioral health services to Front Range Communities.” 

Colorado Lottery Starburst Award Bestowed Upon Prospect Park

Wheat Ridge’s Prospect Park received the statewide Starburst Award from the Colorado Lottery for renovations completed between 2017 and 2022.

The renovations were done in two phases, totaling over $1.2 million dollars, which was funded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Conservation Trust Fund (CTF). The park now hosts two ballfields, six pickleball courts, a football field, two playgrounds, two fishing piers, a 150-person pavilion, restrooms, permanent cornhole boards, horseshoe pits, and improved roads and walkways throughout the park.

“It is our goal to ensure that parks, trails and open space in Wheat Ridge remain attractive, inviting and safe for the community. We are so grateful for the opportunity to continue investing in these spaces so dear to our community and our team,” said Karen O’Donnell, Parks & Recreation Director, in a press release from the City of Wheat Ridge.

Prospect Park is on West 44th Avenue between Kipling and Youngfield streets, adjacent to the 300-acre Wheat Ridge Greenbelt.

For more information on the award go to: https://bit.ly/43rmY7j 

Wheat Ridge Theatre Company Voted ‘Best Of The Best 2023’ 

Wheat Ridge Theatre Company was voted Best of the Best 2023 by Colorado Community Media readers, according to a note from Kim Hightower, a Wheat Ridge Theatre Company board member.

“The theatre company is committed to producing shows that promote equality, diversity and inclusion as well as sparking conversations that can change the world,” Hightower added. “See a show, take a class, or audition and become part of the best!”

For more information visit: www.WheatRidgeTheatre.com

Celebrate Membership Appreciation And Information Day With The Wheat Ridge Historical Society, July 8

Calling all folks interested in preserving Wheat Ridge’s history! 

Come to the Historical Park (4610 Robb St.) on July 8 for the Annual Membership Appreciation and Information Day at July’s Second Saturday Social. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we’ve planned activities to honor our members and volunteers, as well as welcome curious friends who would like to be members. Come take a free tour of the museum buildings and plan some time to sit a spell in the shade and sip some lemonade.

Along with welcoming members and friends, we’ll recognize our hard-working volunteers and discuss future volunteer opportunities. This is a busy time at the Historical Society with several large projects scheduled for the coming months. We need volunteers to help us achieve the goal to have these projects completed by 2024 when the WRHS celebrates its 50th Anniversary. We’ve scheduled a brief all-member meeting for 11 when we’ll talk about volunteer opportunities.

At noon friends and relatives will celebrate the life of Nancy White Southard with a pot luck lunch. Born in the White Family Home in 1937, she was a granddaughter of Bert and Etta White who built the house and farmed the surrounding 160 acres in the 1800s.

The day will be a great time to view the Century-long Story as it continues to take shape. When finished, the park will tell the story of pioneer life from the mid-1800s through the development of the Wheat Ridge area up to World War II.

Historical Park museums are open every Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are happy to accommodate your needs and glad to make appointments for tours on other days; just call or email us at the contact information below.

For more information visit wheatridgehistoricalsociety.org, email wrhistorical@gmail.com, call 303-421-9111, or stop by the White Family Home Fridays at 4610 Robb St. Be sure to follow us on Facebook.

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