Discovery Park receives Award
Discovery Park Honored for Downtown Excellence
The Town of Parker’s Discovery Park has been honored by the non-profit organization Downtown Colorado, Inc. with one of the organization’s 2018 Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence.
Since 2003, the Governor’s Awards annually recognize outstanding projects and people in Colorado that demonstrate creativity in the face of enormous challenges, unlikely and enduring partnerships, and dedication to community.
Discovery Park, which opened to the public in late 2016, was one of three projects honored in the Governor’s Awards’ “Best Use of Public Space” category. The 1.4-acre site in the heart of downtown Parker is a year-round destination park and community gathering space that features interactive fountains in the summer, a unique ice skating trail in the winter and performances and events throughout the year. The ice trail is one of only a handful of such amenities in the country.
Also accompanying the park are the new Parker branch of Douglas County Libraries, the distinct “Ball and Jacks” public art installation that features larger-than-life sculptures inspired by the classic children’s game, and a four-acre future development site.
Each year, the Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence serve as a highlight for Downtown Colorado, Inc.’s IN THE GAME Vibrant Downtown Event, an annual conference for downtown champions, resources and stewards. The honor celebrates the amazing projects and people that are committed to economic and community revitalization in Colorado. The 2018 IN THE GAME event will be held in Boulder April 10 through 13, with the Governor’s Awards being presented on the conference’s final day.
Our Gorgeous New Parker Library location opened September 24, 2016
The beautifully appointed new building, located at 20105 East Mainstreet, is the last of DCL’s three new locations to open—capping a successful campaign to launch dynamic new libraries and services that enhance lifelong learning.
With nearly 42,000 square feet of space on two stories, there’s something for everyone at this library. Kids can enjoy a dedicated area for interactive play and Storytimes, all library cardholders can play (or work) in the digital creativity lab, and students and professionals can collaborate in high-tech study rooms and meeting spaces. The lounge features café-style seating and laptop vending, and the adjacent learning commons offers adults and students the space to engage in diverse learning activities. The upstairs den with fireplace offers a quiet respite from the more well-traveled areas of the building.
Patrons will also enjoy the library’s drive-through book drop and increased parking—approximately 163 spaces at the building, with more accessible in an adjoining park.
“The Parker community loves its library but hasn’t always loved how difficult it’s been to get in and out of. We designed the new building with them in mind, providing much more parking; easier browsing of materials; nearly triple the space to sit and stay awhile; and more study rooms, meeting rooms and event space,” Long says.
Douglas County Libraries is a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning. For more information, visit DouglasCountyLibraries.org.