Utah Park

Aurora, CO

Located between S. Peoria St. and E. Jewel Ave., at the confluence of Westerly Creek and Jewel Tributary, Utah Park functions as a popular community park for the City of Aurora as well as a flood-control facility.  The $5.8 million park previously was a large stormwater detention basin with a muddy lake at the bottom and the creeks channeled underground in pipes. Low-lying areas, including a ballfield, regularly flooded when it rained. In 2006, Design Concepts developed a master plan and followed with construction documents that hid the site’s function, transforming it into a very attractive park and better functioning detention basin with contoured topography, naturalized streambeds, and two new ponds, as well as active recreation features. The 47-acre site now embraces two natural creeks that flow into the park. Construction began in November 2006 and was complete in August 2008.

This is the story behind Utah Park in Aurora Colorado. It's a park that serves as a regional flood control and detention facility for Denver's Urban Drainage and Flood Control District. The park is designed to capture drainage from several major drainage. While not flooded, the park offers multiple fields for baseball, softball and multi-use activities. The picnic shelter is reservable for parties and events. The playground offers activities and multi-generational and nature play opportunities.
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