Jefferson County delays work at Crown Hill Park, asks for additional input

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - Jefferson County is delaying many of the improvements planned for Crown Hill Park until more input can be gathered from residents. The county reports that only the trail work that had already begun would be completed without input.

Projects being delayed include a new restroom, a new fitness station, a shade structure and "nature play areas." All of the work was scheduled to be built during 2013.

According to the Jefferson County website, the improvements were anticipated to cost a total of $900,000. 

Last week, resident  Jean McClenathen told 7NEWS the county had been secretive and failed to notify neighbors about the changes to the park or give a timetable for the project. That, she said, is why she spent time in the parking lot, collecting signatures and distributing information.

Tom Hoby, the Jefferson County Director of Parks, said in a written statement that the county had asked for input in the past. He cited a park visitor survey, an open house on May 1, 2012, and a three-week public comment period in May.

He also acknowledged that his office had heard several concerns since the work began.

"Since these amenities are for our visitors we want to be certain that what we do is what most folk’s desire," Hoby said in a written statement.

To gather more input about Crown Hill Park, Jefferson County Open Space is offering 30 days for residents to complete a survey. Residents can request a survey by emailing crownhill@jeffco.us and providing contact information. The survey will likely begin in March.

After the survey results are collected, the county plans to create a final plan that it will presented at a community meeting in March.

Information on the current plans is posted online.