After months of lively discussion and thoughtful deliberation, the students at Arvada K-8 School have come to a consensus regarding the name of their new park. It is to be named “Wolff Park,” which is significant to students because John B. Wolff was the founder of the first school in Arvada, and the Arvada K-8 school mascot is “The Timberwolves.”
The space for the new park, located between 57th Avenue and Ralston Road, originally served as the track and football field for the adjacent building, which housed Arvada High School from 1954-1971. When Arvada High School moved to its current location, the building was converted to Arvada Middle School, and in 2010 it became Arvada K-8 School. The school’s most recent conversion serving K-8 students provided a great opportunity to convert the former track and football field, which has not been utilized in years, into a vibrant neighborhood park.
The master plan for the park, developed over a six-month period, included three neighborhood meetings held during the spring of 2011. In addition, staff and representatives from DHM Design Corporation met with Arvada K-8 students to get their ideas. The combination of meetings with neighborhood residents and students, along with input from the school district, was consolidated into a conceptual master plan shown at the final meeting in May of 2011. Completion of the construction drawings is currently underway, and the project will then be put out to bid.
Construction of Wolff Park is expected to begin this summer working closely with the school district and Apex PRD. Approximately 18,000 cubic yards of dirt from the Garrison/Ralston Central Park project will be used in the construction of Wolff Park, thus saving costs and materials on both park projects.
For more information, call Mike Lee, City of Arvada 720-898-7390.