Jeffco Open Space Details Proposed New Library at Sledding Hill Park

Jeffco Open Space and the Jefferson County Public Library are looking for a location to build a new facility in the southern part of the county, and a popular park could be the site of new construction.

More than 100 people attended a virtual meeting Tuesday night where the county shared more detailed plans.

Jeffco Open Space owns the land, which it has leased to Foothills Park and Recreation since 1999. Plans call for a 40,000 square foot library at the bottom of Sledding Hill Park, an open space where families go tobogganing each winter. A playground is also included in the proposal, as well as a large car park to be shared between the toboggan run, the library and the playground.

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Money spent on the project would be reinvested in local parks and trails, with up to 50% credit going to Jefferson County Public Libraries for park and trail amenities. The remainder would be split between the Foothills Park and Recreation District and the Ken Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District for local public parks and trails.

Residents attended the meeting and raised concerns about the construction, including increased traffic in the area, less open space, and a possible increase in the number of homeless people using library facilities. .

A second virtual community meeting where residents can share their opinions is scheduled for September 28. Jeffco Open Space plans to respond to some of the feedback from the first community meeting.

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