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Posted on: March 22, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Discovery Park Honored for Downtown Excellence

Discovery Park Spray Garden

The Town of Parker’s Discovery Park has been honored by the non-profit organization Downtown Colorado, Inc. with one of the organization’s 2018 Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence.

Since 2003, the Governor's Awards annually recognize outstanding projects and people in Colorado that demonstrate creativity in the face of enormous challenges, unlikely and enduring partnerships, and dedication to community.

Discovery Park, which opened to the public in late 2016, was one of three projects honored in the Governor’s Awards’ “Best Use of Public Space” category. The 1.4-acre site in the heart of downtown Parker is a year-round destination park and community gathering space that features interactive fountains in the summer, a unique ice skating trail in the winter and performances and events throughout the year. The ice trail is one of only a handful of such amenities in the country.

Also accompanying the park are the new Parker branch of Douglas County Libraries, the distinct “Ball and Jacks” public art installation that features larger-than-life sculptures inspired by the classic children’s game, and a four-acre future development site.

Each year, the Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence serve as a highlight for Downtown Colorado, Inc.’s IN THE GAME Vibrant Downtown Event, an annual conference for downtown champions, resources and stewards. The honor celebrates the amazing projects and people that are committed to economic and community revitalization in Colorado. The 2018 IN THE GAME event will be held in Boulder April 10 through 13, with the Governor’s Awards being presented on the conference’s final day.

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