City of Wheat Ridge Makes Major Investment in Outdoor Recreation

Written by Amanda Harrison, City of Wheat Ridge Communications and Engagement Manager

The laughter of children and the crack of a racket hitting a ball fills the air on a crisp October day during a visit to Prospect Park. The park recently reopened after a major, multi-year reinvestment project that included the installation of new pickleball courts among other exciting improvements.

Reinvestment in City parks has been a top priority for the Council, as parks play a vital role in the health and well-being of the City and its residents. In October of 2022, those investments were realized with the grand re-opening of Prospect Park and the opening of a new outdoor Fitness Court® in Panorama Park.

Prospect Park underwent two major phases of renovation. The most recent began in November of 2021 and included replacing the picnic pavilion, replacing the tennis court with six pickleball courts, improving the road, parking lots, and sidewalks in the park, replacing the eastern playground, adding a fishing platform and pavilion, and improving irrigation and landscaping throughout. Funding for the project included two grants from Great Outdoors Colorado totaling over 512 thousand dollars.  The first phase of the park’s renovation took place in 2017/2018 with the addition of a new full-size football field located east of the softball fields, relocation of the trail south of the field, renovation of the two softball fields, and new fencing and dugouts that meet ADA requirements. Phase one included 400 thousand dollars in funding from Jefferson County Open Space’s Local Park Partnership grant program.  

In Panorama Park, a sleek and modern outdoor Fitness Court®, with a supporting mobile app is now available for public use.

The new Fitness Court® at Panorama Park is an open-air wellness center that allows users to leverage their own body weight to get a complete workout. Created with adults of all ages in mind, the Fitness Court is adaptable for all fitness levels.

New users can also download the free Fitness Court App — a coach-in-your-pocket style platform — that transforms the outdoor gym into a digitally supported wellness ecosystem. The app, entitled “Fitness Court”, is available for iOS and Android.

The City of Wheat Ridge was selected from hundreds of applicants around the country to be awarded a 30-thousand-dollar grant from the National Fitness Campaign, a nationwide consulting organization, to help support the program. Remaining support included a city match and American Rescue Act Funds. 

“We are grateful for these funding opportunities because we believe our local parks are essential in creating healthy, vibrant communities that promote economic prosperity. This investment is providing our residents with safe spaces to grow, learn, and build community,” said City Manager Patrick Goff. 

More about both park renovations can be found on our Parks and Recreations website, rootedinfun.com.