Today, the Adams County Board of Commissioners adopted the 2018 Riverdale Regional Park master plan and name after incorporating feedback from residents and community partners. The Adams County Parks & Open Space Department, in conjunction with a consultant team led by Design Workshop, have finalized a master plan and resolved a new name for the Adams County Regional Park & Fairgrounds that will now encompass more than 1,197 acres of land stretching from 120th Pkwy. and Riverdale Rd. to 136th Ave. and Brighton Rd.
The Riverdale Regional Park, and the accompanying master plan, will ensure stewardship of natural resources, meet recreational demands of a growing regional population, and leverage partnerships to expand the agricultural, scientific, and educational components that have been a staple at this location.
“A comprehensive study of the continued marketability and financial viability of the planned improvements was carefully considered with input from the community and stakeholders,” said Mary Hodge, chair of the Adams County Board of Commissioners. “The goal of this process is to meet and balance the needs of the Riverdale Regional Park clientele and visitors; looking to the future while respecting and celebrating the past.”
In 2018, Adams County will embark on Phase I of the plan, which includes the design of a 52,000 square-foot, multi-purpose facility to replace the indoor arena that was removed from the regional park in 2015. This facility will greatly enhance programming opportunities for all user groups and help augment the 4-H programming.
The master plan also includes the new 45,000-square-foot Riverdale Animal Shelter.
“This iconic area has served as a respite for people for more than 50 years,” said Nathan Mosley, Parks & Open Space director. “It contains an abundance of wildlife and provides a variety of recreational and educational opportunities that celebrate the Adams County culture and history.”
To learn more about the Riverdale Regional Park Master Plan, visit adcogov.org/parks-open-space.