Parker Jordan Centennial Open Space
A 2013 Colorado Association of Floodplain Managers award winner, J3 Engineering Consultants, Inc. completed the restoration of 7,400 linear feet of the vital Cherry Creek corridor between Broncos Parkway and 17-Mile House Park. Constituting the last major stretch of the 40-mile Cherry Creek Regional Trail system that links downtown Denver to Castlewood Canyon State park and a degraded stream corridor that was severely incised with significant bank erosion, the project intent was to reclaim the reach to mimic the historic 1937 steam alignment while horizontally and vertically stabilizing the reach and increasing habitat. The modeled design reconnected the floodplain to the overbank areas and raised the water table within the reach, greatly expanding the riparian corridor repairing the flora and fauna for public enjoyment and environmental benefit. The project successfully enhanced the reach through blending traditional and bio-engineering solutions for the reclamation in addition to protecting the cultural resources from two prehistoric sites encountered during construction operations. Beyond the hydraulic, stabilization, and environmental benefit, the project incorporated additional public benefits through; educational computer kiosks explaining the history and ecology of the open space, tertiary trails to create a running loop, fitness stations, cheek interaction zones, and low water crossings.