The City of Aurora partnered with Western States to give a much needed facelift to Canterbury Park, which had long been an underutilized green space serving mostly as a stormwater detention basin. The surrounding neighborhood had long been waiting to make better use of the space and the City was able to make that happen thanks to grant funding from Arapahoe County and Colorado Lottery.
WSR broke ground on the project in December of 2022 and, despite heavy weather delays, completed the project in time for the grand opening in June of 2022.
The main focus of the project was to improve stormwater infrastructure within the park. Over 1,000 CY of material was removed to improve the storage capacity of the park, which collected a large volume of water from the surrounding neighborhood and commercial development. Other infrastructure completed was the addition of new, larger diameter RCP storm pipe, new manholes and Type R Inlets.
The fun part of the project was creating a new playground, complete with a plaza area with picnic tables and shade sails along with a soft surface trail that meanders the perimeter of the park through its mature shade trees.
Other unique aspects of the project included an all new water smart irrigation system and conversion of over an acre of turf into low water use native area.
The project has been a huge neighborhood hit and has attracted heavy use from both kids and adults alike!
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