Prairie Vista Park
(formerly Windemere Park)
11800 East Fair Ave
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Native Open Space
eBird & iNaturalist programs
Park hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Community Gardens at Prairie Vista Park!
Thank you to the Community Garden project for sharing these wonderful photos!
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Did you see the GOATS?
Goats were back in Prairie Vista Park to mow and re-seed the park native grass areas!
Hope you enjoyed the City Nature Challenge this year! Please continue to use iNaturalist throughout the year and share photos of wildlife and plants with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More info about the City Nature Challenge...
The City Nature Challenge and iNaturalist is still on, so please visit the CCVPRD parks this Saturday to snap and post your photos—you’ll be joining the iNaturalist social group across the County as well as State and Denver Metro area organizations: Denver Audubon, Denver Botanic Gardens, Highline Canal, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and The Nature Conservancy.
The Denver-Metro City Nature Challenge had over 3,000 photos and observations of plants and animals last year – can you help us reach 5,000 in 2023?
April 28-May 1, 2023: Submit Observations of wild animals and wild plants through the iNaturalist.org app
May 2-May 7, 2023: Help identify observations made in the Denver-Metro area through our Denver-Boulder Metro Project
Here is a link to our Denver-Boulder project in iNaturalist. If you already have the iNaturalist app, all you have to do is go to “Projects”, look us up, and join! https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2023-denver-boulder-metro
Anyone, anywhere with a smartphone and the iNaturalist.org app can participate in this community science project!
Community Garden 2023
Join the community to prepare the garden for another great summer harvest! Clean up and tours will take place on April 29! Special thanks to Jake Rusakevich and family! Thanks to JBK Landscaping and Lowe's Home Improvement
for their participation and donations!
A big thanks to everyone who participated in the Community Garden Dedication on May 22nd, 2022
Thank you to the Board, Jake Rusakevich, volunteers, and representatives from Denver Audubon!
Prairie Vista Park Management Plan and Resources
Please review the park management plan, along with ongoing maintenance plan for more information on the long-view prairie grassland restoration process. The objective is to restore the soil coverage with native grass species, knowing it can take a few years to provide a healthier bio-mass in the soil (including weeds during the interim). Tall grasses will look different and promote a different interaction of humans in the focused gazebo, playground, fenced-in perennial flower garden and along pathways versus all across the fields. Some of the current and future plans include:
Working closely with the Savory Institute, construction and maintenance teams.
A soil survey for re-seeding the open space, which has identified patches of inhabitable soils. The construction team is evaluating what actions need to occur to change the soil pH before re-seeding.
Spot tests of soil coverage in test areas for progress will be taken mid-June, along with soil ID of grasses to discuss what the re-seed mixture should include.
Spot spraying/edge mowing/hand-weeding in specific locations for succession and proliferation of perennial grasses.
Goat mowing will be scheduled each year, as needed, for another method of weed control and soil restoration.
Fencing around the perennial garden to promote growth and protection.
One of the first sub-urban park of its kind!
Prairie Vista Park provides a native, rehabilitative and sustainable park within the Cherry Creek Vista community. The design of the park focuses on re-naturalizing open land over the next decade with views to the east and connection to trails from adjacent Peakview Park and Cherry Creek State Park’s trail system.
The park was designed with a planning and construction grant awarded by Arapahoe County Open Space. The management plan centers upon a low impact holistic approach, to help rehabilitate the open field with native grasses. The goal is to continue to promote balanced and active native plant and animal species, minimizing human intervention and impacts, while increasing use in the park’s designated active areas. Community awareness about the way native prairie grasslands work and education initiatives will continue for years to come! Read about the project grant and holistic maintenance plans and long range management plan here!
Thanks to community support and our partners from Arapahoe County Open Space, Savory Institute, Plains Conservation Center, Root Partnership, R&R Engineers, Broken Arrow Landscape and Design, Recreation Plus, JBK Landscape Inc., and Denver Water.