McKay Lake Park and Open Lands
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Bike Park CLOSURE NOTICE: May 21 through June 30
NOTICE: The entire Broomfield Bike Park will be closed/not rideable from May 21 through June 30 to install irrigation.
Regular watering is key to maintaining fun and safe bike trails and features. Installation of irrigation will take place May 21 through June 30. The full closure is necessary to ensure public safety while irrigation work is underway.
Signs will be posted on the site and in user groups.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and help to spread the word!
Please stay out of the park work area at all times!
While we appreciate that the tunnels and rock slabs look like a lot of fun, they are STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. The damage caused by people trespassing has caused unnecessary time and material repairs.
We appreciate your cooperation and help in this important matter.
The remainder of the park is anticipated to open in summer 2018 after landscaping and site restoration are complete.
Click HERE to go to the McKay Bike Park webpage.
The “Flatiron climbers” and stone bridges were set in the Foothills play zone at the end of September. In October, “prairie dog play”tunnels, the stone “turtle”, climbing boulders, dry creek bed, pergola, and rock stairs for the slides were constructed. The picnic pavilion was installed in mid-November and is open to the public. The “Butte” boulders, log bridge, stump trails, stump climbers, two embankment slides, playground ramps and the public art installation project (titled Land Mark) to screen the Xcel Energy gas facilities were completed in December 2017. A second public art installation (titled Land Arch) was approved by Council, which will bring the total to $100k of public art at this site. All nature fitness equipment has been installed, and “Beaver Dam” and “Raptor’s Nests” are substantially complete. Crusher fines access paths in the adventure playground were completed in March. The rope tunnel bridge and cargo net for the “Raptors Nests” were delivered and are scheduled for installation in early May. The contractor is installing irrigation in the active play zones and the bike park as weather allows. On April 17, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers and the students from the Legacy High School Environmental Club assisted the contractor with planting the habitat enhancement buffer adjacent to the McKay Lake dam. The park is anticipated to open in late July after site restoration is complete and an adequate stand of grass is established in the active play areas.
There are three jump lines, a drop zone, skills loop, pump track and a smaller “Discovery”/adaptive zone in the 4-acre bike park. Safety and wayfinding signage and permanent open rail fencing have been installed. Irrigation will be installed in the bike park in May or June. As of December 20th, the bike park has been intermittently rideable by the public as overall park construction and trail conditions allow. Volunteers from the community are assisting with maintenance of bike trails and features.
Click HERE to see the layout of the bike park.
Click HERE to see the layout of the entire McKay Park project.
Click HERE to see Beginner Bike Skills Park / Adaptive Sports / Alpine Zone.
Click HERE to see Foothills Zone / The Butte / Prairie Dog Town.
Click HERE to see Prairie Dog Town / Beaver Dam / Raptor's Nest.
Construction is anticipated to occur from July 2017 through September 2018.
Click HERE to see a slide presentation for how our play features are shaping up. This presentation was given to PRAC (Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee) and OSTAC (Open Space & Trails Advisory Committee) on Sept. 28, 2017.
Image is of raptor nests being built.
In April 2017, Perfect Patch Asphalt Company, Inc. completed the Zuni Street sidewalk and pedestrian crossing Improvements adjacent to the park site. Critical Path, Ltd. completed a 52-space parking lot in August 2017.
The balance of park improvements includes trails, native landscaping, adventure play areas, a nature fitness course, bike park trails and features, an environmental education/picnic pavilion, adaptive sports features, shade structures, a habitat enhancement buffer adjacent to McKay Lake and site furnishings.
PLEASE NOTE: Natural materials such as logs, boulders, and soil are being imported from other project sites and stockpiled on the property. This results in a substantial cost savings compared to purchasing the materials and enables funding of other site amenities shown in the plan. A large quantity of dirt will be hauled to the site and stockpiled between February 23 and March 17. Trucks will access the site from West 138th Avenue. The dirt will be used to build nature play features in the park. Construction of these features is anticipated to start in summer 2017.
The McKay/Lambertson Open Lands Master Plan area is 43.8 acres of undeveloped open land next to the McKay Lake Open Space (which is in the City of Westminster) and located northeast of West 138th Avenue and Zuni Street.
The highest priority features of the overall master plan concept for the area were incorporated into a 16-acre Phase 1 Plan. It includes a balance of active and passive uses immediately west and south of McKay Lake. The intent of the Phase 1 Plan is to provide public recreational opportunities, park amenities, trails, environmental education facilities, and an open space buffer with habitat enhancements
Site Plan Sketches:
Proposed Pedestrian Improvements
Prairie Dog and Raptor's Nest
Riparian Play Zone
Background and Current Status:
PLEASE NOTE: Natural materials such as logs, boulders, and soil are being imported from other project sites and stockpiled on the property. This results in a substantial cost savings compared to purchasing the materials and enables funding of other site amenities shown in the plan.
Phase 1 Plan
McKay/Lambertson Open Lands Traffic Study and Parking Analysis
Staff Summary - Traffic Study and Parking Analysis - McKay/Lambertson Open Lands Phase 1 Master Plan
Staff Summary - Public Comments
Staff Summary - Environmental Review - McKay/Lambertson Open Lands Phase 1 Master Plan
Site Elevations from Zuni Street
McKay/Lambertson Public Involvement
March 24, 2017:
Broomfield receives $350,000 from GOCO to build universally accessible nature play park
DENVER – The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board awarded the City and County of Broomfield a $350,000 local parks and outdoor recreation grant to build a 15-acre nature play and education facility accessible by children and adults of all ages and social, physical, and intellectual abilities.
The park overlooks McKay Lake and will include nature play features constructed of natural materials that can be used by children and families and create a close-to-home space to connect with nature.
GOCO funding will help Broomfield build a bike park, nature fitness course, pavilion for environmental education and picnics, a habitat buffer by McKay Lake, and more than a mile of access paths connecting to the existing McKay Lake Trail. The project will also build a nature-inspired adventure playground with play zones resembling a prairie dog burrow, beaver dam, raptor’s nest, spider web, and other elements of nature.
The new amenities will be at least ADA-accessible, with many parts adhering to broader universal accessibility guidelines to ensure residents of all abilities can enjoy the new park.
The project will engage local high school students and leverage partnerships with Craig Hospital, Butterfly Pavilion, Broomfield Open Space Foundation, Broomfield Community Foundation, and the City of Westminster. Broomfield aims to have the park complete by fall 2018.
To date, GOCO has invested more than $500,000 in the City and County of Broomfield, supporting Northmoor Park and Ruth Roberts Open Space, among other projects.
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a Constitutional Amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 4,900 projects in urban and rural areas in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. Visit GOCO.org for more information.
Contact: Rosemary Dempsey, 303-226-4530, firstname.lastname@example.org or Laura Cardon, 303-226-4531, email@example.com