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Rueter-Hess Reservoir Recreational Improvements

The Rueter-Hess Recreation Authority is a regional collaboration of six local governments working together to bring recreational opportunities to Rueter-Hess Reservoir. The Authority is made up of Parker Water, Town of Castle Rock, Town of Parker, City of Castle Pines, City of Lone Tree and Douglas County.  The public had long been anxiously awaiting for the project to get underway to take advantage of the beautiful landscape of the area.   During the summer of 2020, the Authority selected Western States Reclamation to complete the first phase of recreational improvements to the reservoir.

The project included several miles of new soft surface trails, picnic shelters, and a deck overlooking the reservoir.  The highlight of the project was the construction of a 132 step incline challenge that rewarded its users who reached the top with stunning panoramic views.

Construction started in June 2020 and completed in November 2020.  The incline challenge was opened to the public on Thanksgiving Day 2020.  Already, the incline challenge has garnered a tremendous amount of excitement and use from the public.  During times of Covid-19 when seeking refuge in the outdoors is more important than ever, this project has proven especially important and is yet another highlight of Western States Reclamation connecting people to nature.

The project has received widespread acclaim from various media outlets in promoting the opening of the incline.


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