The grand opening of The Park at Arapahoe Fairgrounds is happening Saturday, June 25, 2016 and will be a giant celebration mimicking a mini-fair. The park is just one of the new offerings at the fairgrounds but it is chalk full of design features honoring the history and heritage of the open prairieland homestead. Here is one of the behind the design stories about the seemingly small and overlooked water control systems.
Water is on of the most important assets for rancher and farmer. The ability to access it and to use it for sustenance dictates how agricultural and ranching assets are laid out. Accessing ground water by way of wells and controlling rainwater support the irrigation.
At The Park at Arapahoe Fairgrounds, water is a central feature. It is the primary character in stories of the stream, windmills, ponds, and water runoff systems.
Forebay Sedimentation Basin
The forebay sedimentation basin is designed beyond a utilitarian need to direct and dissipate the flow of water. Rather than a typical urban concrete eyesore, here the basin is treated as a special element complementing the natural environment with natural-looking boulders and a sand-filled bed to organize sediment running through the water corridor. This design hints to what the original homesteaders might have used in 1905, as these natural materials might have been all that was available.
Not Your Standard Drainage Chases
Fitting the natural setting, drainage chases are small snippets of design interpretation. Using logs and stones (versus the typically-used PVC pipes), these systems for controlling the flow of water each have a unique personality fitting perfectly within the context of an historic homestead.