The Town of Parker is pleased to announce that our open space inventory is growing! In early January 2017, the Board of Douglas County Commissioners conveyed a 71-acre property known as the Harvie Open Space (Ray J. Harvie Park) to the Town of Parker. The property, located just north of Mainstreet and Canterberry Parkway, will be maintained by Parker and used for open space and passive recreation.
“Parks, trails and open space are an integral part of the Parker community and we’re very excited to have the opportunity to expand our inventory of outdoor amenities,” said Mayor Mike Waid. “We appreciate Douglas County’s generosity and look forward to enhancing this site and making it accessible for our residents to visit and enjoy.”
Preparations to make the site available for public use will take place in 2017, including final site clean-up; property annexation, zoning and plat; and preparation of a master plan. The master plan process, which will involve the Parker community, will help determine specific site improvements and amenities. A Conservation Easement exists on the property, so allowed uses are limited to passive recreation, which could include soft-surface trails, interpretive signage, picnic shelters, restrooms and parking access for the site. Improvements are anticipated to be constructed in 2018.
“Our Board is delighted to have conveyed this open space property to the Town as the newest jewel in their open space crown,” said Douglas County Commissioner and Board Chair, Roger Partridge. “We look forward to seeing the site improvements and other amenities on the property that will create an enjoyable passive recreation setting,” said Partridge.
Ray J. Harvie donated a conservation easement on his 74-acre property to the Douglas Land Conservancy in 1996. Simultaneous with the conservation easement, Mr. Harvie deeded the property to Douglas County and retained a life estate. Upon his death, the County took legal title to the property in 2010 and has been maintaining the property since then. In January, the Town of Parker accepted ownership from Douglas County.