Rueter-Hess Recreation Planning
Plans for making the Rueter-Hess site a recreation amenity is presently in the infancy stage, but momentum is growing. To date, the Towns of Parker and Castle Rock, Douglas County, and the City of Castle Pines have been approached to create a partnership which hopes to bring this project to life.
Areas which are currently under discussion include partnership agreements, site goals, funding and security.
Stay tuned for future announcements and plans as this exciting project progresses. The Rueter-Hess Recreation Authority is seeking input from the public to develop the Rueter-Hess Reservoir Recreation Master Plan. The planning process began in November with an online survey that garnered nearly 4,000 responses. Phase two of the process will include developing concept alternatives for public feedback.
There are three open house opportunities for the public to give input on proposed options related to recreation at the reservoir and surrounding area:
- Parker Town Hall — Feb. 17 — 5 to 7 p.m.
- Lone Tree Recreation Center — Feb. 20 — 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Castle Rock Recreation Center — Feb. 27 — 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to stop by to see the alternatives, talk with landscape architects and share your ideas. Those who cannot attend a public open house may view options online and provide feedback from Feb. 19 to 27 at www.PWSD.org.
F.A.Q.’s about the Rueter-Hess Reservoir in Parker Colorado
When will Rueter-Hess Reservoir be done?
The construction of Rueter-Hess Reservoir is complete. The expansion from 16,200 acre feet to 72,000 acre feet was completed in March 2012. The dam rises 185 feet above the bedrock and the reservoir will encompass 1170 acres, which is about one and half times the size of Cherry Creek Reservoir.
Where is Rueter-Hess Reservoir located?
It is located about three miles southwest of downtown Parker on Newlin Gulch, which is a tributary drainage of Cherry Creek.
How will Rueter-Hess be used?
The primary purpose of the Rueter-Hess Reservoir is drinking water storage for the Partner Districts in this massive project. However, recreational uses are currently being explored!
Rueter-Hess Reservoir is a Long-Term Solution
Rueter-Hess Reservoir will serve the District’s ongoing water needs and solve its long-term water shortage problem.
For more information please contact:
Susan Saint Vincent – Director of Business Solutions
18100 E Woodman Drive
Parker, CO 80134
Hours:Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.