Labeling the move as a “good example of intergovernmental cooperation” at its regularly scheduled Nov. 18 meeting, the Centennial City Council unanimously approved the annexation of Indian Ridge Elementary School.
By approving a resolution to rezone the 14-acre school property for “education, institutional and recreation” purposes under the 2011 Land Development Code, Indian Ridge Elementary officially became part of Centennial this week.
Located southwest of the intersection of East Smoky Hill Road and South Buckley Road in the Shenandoah neighborhood, the Indian Ridge property was already almost completely surrounded by the city, said Centennial spokesperson Allison Wittern.
“Many families within the city send their children to Indian Ridge,” said Wittern.
The annexation came about after city officials struck a “funding agreement” with Cherry Creek Schools and the Arapahoe Park and Recreation District (APRD) that will result in substantial improvements to the park within the Indian Ridge property.
“As part of the city's funding agreement with Arapahoe Park and Recreation District, certain improvements to the park within the Indian Ridge school site are being completed by APRD,” Wittern explained.
APRD manages the maintenance of the Indian Ridge playground and park landscaping for the school district.
The planned improvements, Wittern said, will include upgrades and repair to the existing shelter in the park and the creation of a small amphitheater for educational use.
As part of the annexation agreement, APRD “will also be enhancing the overall landscaping in the park,” Wittern added.
Indian Creek Elementary, located at 16501 E. Progress Drive, is a pre-kindergarten to fifth grade school with just over 600 students.
The proposed annexation was approved by the Cherry Creek School District's Board of Education at a Sept. 9 meeting.
In a proclamation, Cherry Creek officials stated: “The City of Centennial is willing to contribute funds to Arapahoe Park and Recreation District, which in turn may be used to improve and/or develop the APRD playground site (and will) benefit the students attending Indian Ridge Elementary as well as children in the surrounding neighborhoods.”