Utah Park | An Urban Drainage Flood Control Park

Aurora, Colorado

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 had been a stormwater detention basin with a muddy lake at the bottom and creeks which 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 an attractive park and better functioning detention basin with contoured topography, naturalized streambeds,  two new ponds, and 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 areas. 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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