City park dubbed ‘People’s Choice’

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Centennial Center Park, the first city-owned and -developed public park in Centennial, has received the Denver Regional Council of Governments’ People’s Choice Live Work Play award.

The 11-acre open space was one of 10 finalists nominated for the regional award honoring those places, events and projects that support and contribute to livable communities.

“The city is honored to have Centennial Center Park recognized as the Live Work Play People’s Choice Award amongst the other exceptional finalists in the metro area,” said Mayor Pro Tem Stephanie Piko. “The success of Centennial’s first city-owned park has seen amazing use from people all over the metro area and truly exemplifies why Centennial is such a great place to live, work and play.”

Centennial Center Park opened April 27, 2012. The city says it has seen thousands of visitors from across the Denver metro area and hosted more than 200 private events.

It also played host to the city’s Summer Olympics celebration, which honored Colorado athletes returning from the 2012 London Games.

In fact, the city notes in its statement that usage of the park during its first year was so high, more than 200 additional parking spaces were required.

“This place is certainly a favorite in my book,” said Andie Acree, who frequents the park with her 4-year-old son, Tyler. “The layout is great and I really like all the educational aspects; they keep us both engaged.”

Many of the materials used in the park’s construction were found locally. The surface of the playground consists of a poured-in-place rubber surfacing, which is made of recycled materials that provide a safe, clean, attractive and ADA-accessible environment for children.

Funding for the $5.3 million public park came from a variety of sources, including Great Outdoors Colorado; Colorado Waste Tire Program; CenCON, which is an umbrella organization of 53 homeowner organizations and civic organizations; the Centennial Rotary Club; and numerous community partners.

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