The popular off-leash dog area in Cherry Creek State Park will close temporarily for four days in early October for maintenance and improvements.
The area, which sees over one-million visits by people and their pets annually, will be closed from Oct. 5 through Oct. 8, according to a news release. The same area was closed in October last year for upgrading. State park staff, contractors and volunteers will work on trails, improved access to the site and recovery of natural resources.
“We are dedicated to being active care takers of this highly valued public land,” Park Manager Jason Trujillo said. “It has gotten to the point where it is so busy down there we can’t get any work done without interrupting experiences of visitors and this maintenance work cannot be conducted safely while the area is open.”
Improvements this year will include two new pedestrian access points from the parking lot to the off-leash area, with additional path connecting points to allow better access for visitors in wheelchairs and people pushing strollers, the release said. Additional fencing will be installed around drainage areas to better protect vegetation, water quality and visitors.
“It is hard to have a sustainable resource when it is so heavily used,” Trujillo said. “The work we are doing will be a balance of resource protection and additional improvements. We appreciate the patience of our visitors during the brief period the dog off-leash area will close.”
People interested in volunteering to aid the project are asked to call 303-766-6562.