Construction, Detours and Projects

South Suburban is dedicated to the improvement of its facilities, parks and trails. Projects are listed by earliest start date. Please check back periodically for new projects.


Progress Park Improvements
Project Description: South Suburban is making improvements to Progress Park in 2019.  The scope of work includes improvements to the playground with new structures for 2-5 year olds and 5-12 year old children. The project will also replace the restroom and shelter. Partial closures of Big Dry Creek Trail through Progress Park will occur as work is being completed on the trail.
Anticipated Construction Dates:  January 2019 – August 2019
Project Contact: Steve White, Park Planner II, or 303.483.7024

Grading and Drainage Improvements at David A. Lorenz Regional Park
Project Description
: Grading and drainage improvements at South Suburban’s David A. Lorenz Regional Park are currently in progress. We are reclaiming the sinking ballfield within the park along with the other improvements. On Monday, July 15, construction crews will be working on the entry drive.  Asphalt work should be complete by Wednesday, July 17.  Please use caution.
Anticipated Construction Dates: March - July 2019
Project Contact:  Pamela Cornelisse, Senior Park Planner, or 303..483.7020

South Suburban's Regional Recreation Complex
Project Description:  South Suburban is building a regional recreation complex which will include a fieldhouse with two synthetic turf fields and two gymnasiums with Pickleball courts, three sheets of ice and District administration offices. The project will replace the 50-year old South Suburban Ice Arena and the South Suburban Administration Office.The new facility will be 206,000 square-feet. It will be built just southwest of East County Line Road, and South Holly Street.
Anticipated Construction Dates:  April 2019 - December 2020
Project Contact:  Melissa Reese-Thacker, Planning Manager,, 303.483.7023


Intermittent closures of Mary Carter Greenway Trail North- and South-bound at C470
Project description: Due to water releases on the South Platte River from Chatfield Reservoir, coupled with temporary construction conditions at the C470 bridge, the Greenway Trail may be closed intermittently through late AUGUST. When water flows are high and the trail is underwater, detours will be in effect beginning at Mineral Avenue. See attached map, or CDOT closure information at Because flows can change on a daily basis and South Suburban has no influence on this project, inquiries regarding closures, detours and flagging in effect, should be directed to CDOT. These trail-flooding conditions do not represent the final future state for the trail but may not be resolved until after the 2019 high-flow season.  See map for details.
Anticipated Construction Dates: Intermittent
Project Contact: Shawn Wissel, Trails and Open Space Manager, or 303.953.7626.

Miscellaneous projects in district by other entities

Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority (SEMSWA) and Urban Drainage and Flood Control District are in the Upper Big Dry Creek area of the Highlands 460 neighborhood performing a vegetation thinning project in July through the first week in August in prepartion for survey work.  Please see map of the area for vegetation removal.
For more information, please contact SEMSWA at 303.858.8844 (main), 303.967.0246 (direct).

Planning Projects

Please see below current projects handled by South Suburban's Planning and Development department.


The public is invited to an open house-style public input meeting on the proposed Cornerstone Park Revised Site Plan, which includes possible future improvements to the park. The meeting will take place at Cornerstone Park, on Thursday, June 27, from 5:30 - 7 p.m., at the shelter, located just west of the Pickleball courts. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be moved to Buck Recreation Center.

The Revised Site Plan includes the following:

  1. Conversion of the existing seven multi-use fields to synthetic turf with sports lighting.  The light fixtures will be LED with full cut-off to eliminate glare and light trespass outside the field area. An accessible route will provide access to the fields.
  2. Addition of a road connecting the skate park and the playground parking lots to improve circulation and safety within the park. 
  3. Addition of six lighted Pickleball courts and lighting the existing horseshoe pits in the active adult area.
  4. Addition of a trail connection to Progress Park at the northeast corner of the site.
  5. Removal of the undeveloped volleyball courts, fourth ballfield, amphitheater, xeriscape sculpture garden and tree nursery from the Site Plan. 

If approved, conversion of two multi-use fields to synthetic turf with sports lighting may occur as early as 2020. There is no time frame for the other poposed improvements.

Send comments to Senior Park Planner Pam Cornelisse, at


South Suburban Parks and Recreation (SSPR) is planning to renovate Foxridge Park playground, located within the FoxRidge neighborhood. South Suburban is applying for an Arapahoe County Open Spaces (ACOS) grant to leverage funding for construction. The City of Centennial is a funding partner. If South Suburban receives the grant, construction at Foxridge Park will begin in late summer/early fall 2019.  See proposed rendering.

Foxridge Park playground improvements include:

  • Separate play areas for 2-5 year-olds and 5-12 year-olds
  • Rubber surfacing and engineered wood chips 
  • A slightly larger shelter, including new picnic tables and drinking fountain 

Public input 
To provide input on the Foxridge playground project, contact Steve White, park planner II, at, or 303.483.7024.

South Suburban and the City of Littleton are applying for an Arapahoe County Open Spaces (ACOS) Grant for improvements to Harlow Park.  If South Suburban receives the grant, construction will begin in early fall 2019 and will be completed by June 2020. See drawing of proposed improvements.

Proposed improvements include:

  • Replace the two ball field backstops with skinned infields, covered dugouts, new infield mix and turf
  • Replace the asphalt surface tennis courts with new, post-tension concrete surfacing, new fencing, new stairway and repair retaining wall located east of courts
  • Replace shade structure  and port-o-let enclosure
  • Improve accessible routes to park amenities

Public input
To provide input on Harlow Park, contact Senior Park Planner Pamela Cornelisse, at, or 303.483.7020. Two opportunities to provide public input took place in 2018: A City of Littleton's Meet, Greet & Eat at Harlow Park on July 24, 2018; and a public input meeting at Buck Recreation Center on October 25, 2018. 

South Suburban Parks and Recreation is applying for an Arapahoe County Open Spaces (ACOS) grant for improvements to Cherry Knolls Park. The City of Centennial is a funding partner. If South Suburban receives the grant, construction is tentatively scheduled for fall 2019. See drawing of proposed improvements.  

Proposed improvements include:

  • Replace the two skinned infield ballfields with new backstops, covered dugouts, new infield mix and turf as needed
  • Remove the grass infield backstop and repair turf. A portable backstop will be used to better manage turf quality.
  • Replace a 100' section of the Big Dry Creek Trail crusher fines surfacing with a chase drain and concrete surface from the restroom to the south to ballfield (Field #2) to mitigate runoff and erosion.
  • Increase accessible access to ballfields

Public input
To provide input on Cherry Knolls Park Ballfield renovations, contact Senior Park Planner Pamela Cornelisse, at, or 303.483.7020. A public input meeting took place at Goodson Recreation Center on November 1, 2018.

Contact Information

For further information about any construction, detours, proposed or sustainability projects, please contact Brett Collins, Director of Planning and Development, at or 303.483.7021.