KITE MASTER DONALD NASH SETS UP A PARAFOIL KITE DURING THE FALL PREVIEW for April’s inaugural Kite Flite Fest, coming to Anderson Park. See story below for times and locations of kite-crafting classes offered prior to the event or visit www.kiteflitefestival.com. PHOTO BY LAURA POOLE.

 

Breaking Ground: New Homes In Wheat Ridge

By Cyndy Beal

This spring in Wheat Ridge it is not just plants rising upwards from the ground, but new homes.

By the end of 2014, Wheat Ridge will have 100 newly constructed homes.

This marks the largest residential construction period for Wheat Ridge in decades.

The first two residential developments to break ground were Fireside at Applewood and Perrin’s Row. The third, Incarnation, is expected to break ground in April.

“It’s an ideal location,” said Wheat Ridge Mayor Joyce Jay regarding Perrin’s Row. The development is for young professionals, seniors, or anyone who does not want a yard and wants to be on a main street. Jay was at the Perrin’s Row groundbreaking ceremony in March.

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Kite Flite Festival April 26 in Anderson Park

By Laura Poole

When was the last time you flew a kite? Was it back in 1959 or just a week ago?

 For my daughter and me it was a few weeks ago when our winter was interrupted by a warm light breeze. We took her new, 20-inch rainbow-diamond kite and held it for the wind to grab, and then watched as it danced beneath the clouds.

For the young and old and everyone in between, join us for Wheat Ridge’s first annual Kite Flite Festival at Anderson Park, 4355 Field St., on Saturday, April 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a snow date of Saturday, May 3. Non-wind activities include kite parachute relay races, kids’ crafts at the pavilion, music, an MC and vendor booths.

April is National Kite Month, notoriously the windiest month of the year, and last year the Kite Flite committee decided to bring the fun to Wheat Ridge.

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Public Picks New Name for 29th Avenue Merchants

By Cyndy Beal

The votes have been tallied…and the winner is West 29th Marketplace.

In February, merchants on West 29th Avenue, between Sheridan Boulevard and Fenton Street, asked for the public’s help with selecting one of six names – or suggesting their own – for the stretch of retail establishments. More than 200 people cast their votes, and five received gift certificates in a drawing.

The next step for West 29th Marketplace is to hire a graphic designer to create a logo and subsequent signage.

The West 29th Avenue merchants include new businesses West 29th Restaurant and Bar, People’s Market, Twisted Smoothie, and Wheat Ridge Poultry and Meats, as well as Styles Hair and Nails, DSH Gas and Food, STAT Automotive and TJ Wine and Liquor.

As the days get longer and warmer, West 29th Marketplace events will follow for “people to enjoy the outdoors,” said Bud Starker, owner of West 29th Avenue Restaurant and Bar, and District 1 Wheat Ridge City Council member.

Past summers have included a farmers market at 29th Avenue and Depew Street, harkening back to the neighborhood’s past, as the location of Ridge Valley Farm.

Last summer Starker’s establishment was a host stop for the Wheat Ridge Cruiser Crawl, a bicycle event in which riders follow a route and make stops at local businesses.

“That’s the future of neighborhoods,” said Starker of creating community through local events that encourage neighbors to bicycle or walk and get to know one another.

A possible future gathering place is nearby Ashland Reservoir, at the northwest corner of W. 29th Avenue and Fenton Street. That site is undergoing renovations that include underground tank replacements and green space. Project completion is expected in February 2017, per The Denver Water website at www.denverwater.org/ashland/  

 

West 44th Ave. & Kendall St. – Name That Park!

By Guy Nahmiach

The creation of a new neighborhood park at West 44th Avenue and Kendall Street is well under way, with final design and contractor selected, and expected park completion this fall.

Now it only needs a name.

Multiple designs were explored and there were three public meetings last spring to review the initial plans. Neighborhood input was crucial in providing feedback on the final shape and feel of the park.

“The 44th & Kendall Neighborhood Park is inspired by an artistic take on the ecology of Colorado’s Front Range,” according to City of Wheat Ridge in its Guidelines for Submissions for the project.

“Our native landscape inspired many features throughout the park, such as large boulder seating, flagstone paving patterns and creative berming as well as the use of a drought tolerant plant palette. Surrounding the two open play fields and a multi-use sports court are a variety of nature based artistic elements. Details include three-dimensional steel grasshoppers, large steel leaves integrated within shade shelter roofing, a contemporary themed playground with leaf-shaped shade canopies, ‘ladybug’ boulders and steel art panels located along the walks throughout the park.”

The city is asking Wheat Ridge residents to help name the park.

The Parks and Recreation Commission will be accepting submissions through April 15. The form is available on the city’s website (www.ci.wheatridge.co.us/DocumentCenter/View/20424) or at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St.

Suggestions for park names have traditionally been past Wheat Ridge residents. Some have even offered money in exchange for naming rights—is this an opportunity for a new revenue stream for the city? Of course, I’m kidding, but imagine taking your kids to Applejacks Park or, dare I say it? Wal-Mart Park?

The last park to be named was Discovery, a name that will possibly be just as relevant 50 years from now, Kipling Street and West 38th Avenue.

That name was brought forward by the second-grade class at Prospect Valley Elementary school. Full disclosure: my favorite son, Dylan, was in that class and loves that one day he can take his kids to this park and have an amazing story to share with them.

Funding for the park was provided by the Conservation Trust Fund (lottery proceeds) and the city’s share of Jefferson County Open Space taxes, according to the city. Additional funding was provided by a $211,000 Open Space grant.

Contact the Parks and Recreation Department, 303-231-1308, for more information.

Guy Nahmiach is the chairman of and District III Representative on the Wheat Ridge Parks & Recreation Commission.