Cherry Creek

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C O L O R A D O P A R K S & W I L D L I F E Cherry Creek State Park FACT SHEET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 Who we are Metro Denver’s playground, Cherry Creek State Park offers great recreation opportunities anchored around an 850 surface-acre lake. Cherry Creek is comprised of a natural prairie environment with gentle, rolling hills, and it features complete outdoor recreation facilities that accessible throughout the year, including camping and group picnic sites. Park visitors can view birds, deer, fox, prairie dogs and badger in their natural habitat. Visitors can also enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, hiking and more, all in the midst of a busy urban area. Visitors to Cherry Creek State Park spend about $19.8 million annually at local businesses.1 Top attractions • A diverse collection of recreation opportunities in close proximity to the Denver Metro Area. The lake provides opportunities for water recreation of all types, and an extensive trail system accommodates different types of trail enthusiasts • Great summer camping opportunities for beginners and RV enthusiasts. Group camping and picnic areas for getting together with family and friends • A 100-acre dog off-leash area • Arapahoe County • Denver RC Eagles • Cities of Greenwood Village, Denver, Aurora and Centennial • • Cherry Creek School District • Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers • Mile High Youth Corps • Colorado Department of Transportation • Denver Field Ornithologists • Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners • Colorado Parks Foundation • Friends of Colorado State Parks • Great Outdoors Colorado NORA LOGUE/CPW Our partners Challenges we face • Ongoing deferred maintenance of critical infrastructure including roads, trails and buildings continues to be an issue. Colorado Parks and Wildlife needs an ongoing funding strategy for park maintenance and renovations after the partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cost Share program ends. • Maintaining the highest level of natural resource stewardship will always be a challenge at an urban park. There is a continuing need for new, innovative ideas and partnerships to maintain and enhance the natural resources of Cherry Creek. • Meeting the demands of and handling new issues with an increasing population within the Denver Metro Area while providing sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities for our visitors is a challenge. With budget appropriations remaining stagnant and the cost of operating the park increasing, management will have future challenges providing historical services and amenities. Volunteer activities • Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) boat inspection technician • Park ambassador • Special projects • Alternative service worker • Reptile/amphibian monitoring • Resident volunteer • Eagle Scout projects • Raptor monitoring • Lake Appreciation Day • Outdoor Adventure Expo • Naturalist • Weed warriors 1Source: Corona Research, Colorado State Parks Marketing Assessment, “Visitor Spending Analysis 2008-2009” (adjusted for inflation). COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303) 297-1192 cpw.state.co.us 4201 South Parker Road, Aurora, CO, 80014 (303) 690-1166 • Email: dnr_cherry.creek.park@state.co.us Park Manager: Jason Trujillo As of June 30, 2017 Manager’s message Cherry Creek State Park is an oasis in the Denver Metro Area where residents can easily connect with nature and recreate year-round. Because Cherry Creek offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, it is often visitors’ first step into the outdoors. We strive to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources, while mindfully managing the most visited State Park in Colorado. Geography Region: Northeast County: Arapahoe Year Acquired: 1959 Elevation: 5,550 ft Miles From Denver: 13 Facilities 2 Boat Ramps Boat Rental Dump Station 5 Group Picnic Areas Jet Ski Rental Laundry Marinas (year-round) Mooring/Docking 106 Picnic Sites Showers (coin-operated) Stables (year-round) Acreage Total Acres: 4,420 Governmental US Cong Dist: 4th CO Senate: 26th and 27th CO House: 3rd and 40th Trails Biking: 26 miles Hiking: 35 miles Horseback: 25.6 miles Cross Country Skiing/ Snowshoeing: 35 miles Total: 35 miles Employees Permanent: 17 Temporary: 56 Volunteers: 550 Volunteer Hours: 31,715 Annual Visitation 2,194,038 Fort Collins Sterling Estes Loveland Park Recreation Boating Fishing Ice Fishing Ice Skating Jet Skiing Ranger/Nature Programs Sailboarding Shooting/Archery Range Horseback Riding Marina/Event Center Swimming Water Skiing Winter Camping (limited) R/C Airfield 2 Wildlife Viewing Areas Camping Campsites (basic): 30 Campsites (full-hookup): 103 Group Facilities (seasonal): 3 Walden Craig Hayden Steamboat Springs Roads Paved: 33.5 miles Unpaved: 2.25 miles Greeley Oak Creek Fort Brush Morgan Meeker Kremmling Wray Brighton Denver Golden Avon Vail Rifle Cherry Creek Frisco Glenwood Springs Breckenridge Collbran Fruita Aspen Leadville Castle Rock Limon Burlington Fairplay Grand Junction Delta Paonia Hotchkiss Buena Vista Crawford Colorado Springs Kit Carson Cripple Creek Olathe Gunnison Montrose Salida Canon City Pueblo Ridgway Ouray Lamar La Junta Dove Creek Walsenburg Monte Vista Dolores Cortez Durango Alamosa La Veta Springfield Pagosa Springs Trinidad NORA LOGUE/CPW Mancos COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303) 297-1192 cpw.state.co.us KEN PAPALEO//HIGH COUNTRY COLORING Cherry Creek State Park

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