Reimagining a Park
SMLC is excited about its work to reimagine Powers Park in a dense part of the City of Littleton. SMLC wants to see this park go beyond being a hole in the ground to retain flood water to be a true park that the neighbors will enjoy…A place where they can play, walk, roll, sit and connect with nature.
It all started when the SMLC Board learned that South Metro Housing Options (SMHO, Littleton’s public housing authority) was planning a 51-unit apartment building on a corner of the park. SMHO was interested in ideas that could make this park a true asset for the seniors who will live there. SMLC was interested in seeing the park transform to
serve seniors and all of the neighbors in this dense part of the City of Littleton. The SMLC Board saw an opportunity for a partnership.
This partnership grew with financial commitments to fund the vision plan from SMLC, SMHO, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and a private foundation. But nothing can happen here without the support of the City of Littleton (owner of the park); South Suburban Park and Recreation District (SSPRD, manager of the park); and Mile High Flood District (entity that manages the region’s flood waters). The City and SSPRD made it very clear to SMLC: the preliminary work for the vision plan had to be undertaken by SMLC as neither government entity had staff or resources to commit to it. Both organizations, and Mile High Flood, were generous with their time and knowledge in providing SMLC guidance at every step of the way.
Last summer, SMLC commissioned Stream Landscape Architecture + Planning to develop the vision plan. Outreach with the Powers Park neighbors was held to get their thoughts about amenities like a perimeter path, community gardens, native plants, rainwater harvesting, the playground and exhibits about water quality. Those ideas are now incorporated in the vision plan. You can see the drawings here.
In addition to these partners, North Littleton Promise assisted with outreach in the neighborhoods and The Denver Botanic Gardens advised on native plantings. SMLC could not be more pleased with the enthusiasm with which this project was met.
Now the really hard work begins: adding the park renovation in the city and SSPRD’s capital improvement budgets.
"Generation Wild" Great Outdoors Colorado Project with Bemis Library and the Village Preschool
Under the auspices of Great Outdoors Colorado’s “Generation Wild: Kids Grow Better Outside” program, SMLC took on a project in 2018 to reconnect children with nature. SMLC partnered with Bemis Library on its summer reading program by designing a scavenger hunt booklet to get children out in our parks and awarding them with a SMLC-purchased book about nature. In 2019 this partnership continued in conjunction with the Friends of the Library/Museum (FOLM), and the Village Preschool received free books and activity booklets. SMLC funded high-quality, nature-themed books for these reading programs.
Generation Wild is a campaign to reconnect children with nature.
Funds from the Grace Kramlich Memorial Fund were committed to the purchase of the books. This donation is noted in each book. Grace was a long-time supporter of SMLC.