April 2022 Newsletter

April Newsletter
Community Events
Join us for the 2022 Wheatlands Easter Eggstravaganza.

Saturday, April 9th

Wheatlands Clubhouse

Come relax and enjoy a delicious breakfast from the Cruz and Eats Food Truck and a free cup of espresso or hot chocolate from Espresso AffairA very special thank you to Jennifer Cronk from 1320 Homes Real Estate, for sponsoring the Espresso Affair tent.

In addition, be sure to:
  • Take a picture with the Easter Bunny
  • Get your face painted by our fabulous face-painter that will be onsite
  • Learn about some amazing Safari Animals that will also be at the event
  • Pick up an Easter craft for some crafting fun
  • Bring your Easter baskets to participate in the a self guided Easter Egg Hunt. (10 eggs per child please)

Please sign up so we know how many adults and children will be attending (this will help us determine how many crafts to make and how many eggs we will need to stuff for the Easter Egg Hunt) 

This year, the event will be held at the Wheatlands Clubhouse located at 6601 S Wheatlands Parkway, as the Wheatlands Park will be under construction for phase 2 of the park.  

This event will be both inside and out!

Wheatland’s Poker Night

Friday, April 22nd

Wheatland Clubhouse

Bring Your Own Beer
Snacks and Pizza will be provided

No cash needed!

Prizes will be given for the top winner at each table
and given to who has the most chips at the end of the night!

Limited to the first 60 people that sign up.
A very special thank you to Cox Landscaping for making a very generous donation to the Wheatlands Metro District for the 2022 social events to used at our discretion at the social events!
Save the Date

Summer Food Truck Nights are Back!
Food, Friends, Fun, Music,
Entertainment, Games and more .

Our 1st Food Truck Night is just around the corner!

Wednesday, May 18th from 5-7pm
Wheatlands Clubhouse

Special entertainment will be at each Food Truck Night.
See the food truck nights and list of entertainers below:

May 18th – Magician

June 22nd – Magician
Amanda V’s Material Girl –
a Madonna and Prince Tribute Band
(sponsored by Jen Cronk with 1320 Real Estate)
July 20th – Animal Safari

Aug 10th – Magician/Balloon Twister 
The Wheatlands Sharks swim team is planning on doing a COMMUNITY TRASH PICK UP Friday, June 3rd between the approximate hours of 8:30-11:30 am. 
Be part of a little spring cleaning in our community.

Contact [email protected] for more information
Welcome Back to Summer Event
Pizza and Ice-cream Social

Saturday, June 11th

A Face painter
Balloon Twister
will be there!

More details coming soon!
Wheatlands Neighborhood Garage Sale

Friday, June 17th
Saturday, June 18th

Stay tuned for more details and sign up coming soon!

Dumpster and Shred Day
is coming back again this year on Saturday, June 25th

More details to come!

A very special thank you to Jennifer Cronk from 1320 Homes Real Estate,
for being our Dumpster and Shred Day sponsor.
Community Event Recap
Wheatlands Wine & Food Pairing

A very special thank you to Jacob Gillespie from Biggie Blinds and the Wheatlands Metro District will be sponsoring this wonderful winetasting event. The wines were from Sonoma Valley, California from a private vineyard and could not be purchased in stores and were amazing! A special thank you to Chef Nancy from Chocolate Moose Catering who created the wonderful food pairings to go with the amazing wine that will be presented. Yana Ignatovich, a Wheatland resident who provided the spectacular flower arrangements for the evening. And finally thank you to Jen Sieve from Corken and Company Real Estate Group for providing the wine glasses for this event!!! We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful sponsors for this event! This was truly a very fun and educational experience that at least 50 residents in the community were able to enjoy!
A night full of fun! Lots of laughs, great food, drinks, friends, playing Bunco and fabulouse prizes. A very special thank you to Jen Sieve from Corken and Company Real Estate Group for providing the prizes for this event!!!
Community Information
2022 Pool Waivers:

Get a head start and activate your Pool Fob for the 2022 Pool Season today!  The pool waiver is available online at our website by clicking HERE. All Wheatlands Residents must complete the pool waiver before their Key Fob will be activated for the 2022 season. New to Wheatlands? Welcome!  If you haven’t picked up your Pool Fob to enjoy our outdoor pool you will need to fill out the Pool Card Request Form.  Once you have completed your form, you can return your form and pick up your Pool Key Fob at our recreation center the Aurora Family YMCA at Wheatlands located at 6100 S Kewaunee Way, Aurora CO 80016
Thank you for signing the waiver and we can’t wait until summer! 

2022 Pool Hours:

May 28th – August 7: 10AM – 8PM Every Day
The pool opens for the season Memorial Day weekend and is open every day from 10AM-8PM for residents to enjoy except for 3 Saturdays in which the Wheatlands Sharks swim team will be having their home meets. The meets are still TBD and run until 2pm.

August 8th to September 5th – Back to School Hours: 
Monday – Friday 12pm- 4pm *Swim at Your Own Risk*  
Lifeguards on Duty 4pm-8pm

Saturdays & Sundays Lifeguards on Duty 10am-8pm
*During swim at your own risk we will not have any lifeguards in the stands during this time. All children under the age of 18, need to be accompanied by their parents or guardians to participate in the Swim at Your Own Risk hours.

Pool Updates:
We have added a few new features for pool seasons 2022: 

Borrow Bucket – We are creating a Borrow Bucket that will be filled with pool noodles, balls and diving toys for residents to borrow while at the pool.  When you are finished using the items you borrow you simply return them back to the bucket for the next resident to use.  These items will be owned by the Metro District and hopefully will enhance your pool experience and make it more enjoyable.  

Snack Shack – Credit Cards Only – We are going cashless at the snack shack!  The Metropolitan District has purchased a square register and will now be accepting credit card payments only for all snacks and drinks.  You can tap, swipe or dip your card for use at the snack shack.  We will accept VISA, Discover, American Express, MasterCard and Apple Pay and Google Pay.  All snacks will be $1.00 except for Otter Pops which are $0.25.  We will no longer be handling or accepting cash, so remember to bring your credit card to the pool.

Shade for our Lifeguards – We have received positive feedback about the shade canopies that we added last year around the pool however we noticed that our lifeguards were baking in the sun by the pool gate. So this year we have added an additional canopy for the lifeguards at the entrance to the pool. We also purchased new umbrellas for the lifeguard stands.  

Recycling  – New this year, we will be adding the option to recycle at our outdoor pool. New recycling bins have been ordered and will be installed prior to pool season.  

Park Phase II:

We are eager to start moving dirt! Richdell Construction will be bringing in their earth scrapers towards mid-April. Fencing will go up around the construction zone and we look forward to watching the progress. We anticipate the project taking 5-6 month (weather permitting) and check out a few of the features that will be included below:
Clubhouse Improvements:

The Jelly Fish lighting company will be installing new exterior lights around the clubhouse soon. We look forward to saving money each year on our holiday lights. We also will enjoy having the added security of brighter lights around the clubhouse. In addition, we updated the interior lights at the clubhouse with new LED lights and fixtures.

District Landscaping Information:

We have had 13 snow events so far this year. Cox Landscaping removes the snow quickly from our district sidewalks and the clubhouse parking lot after each event. In addition, you may have seen Cox Landscaping working along our district property trimming all the wheatgrass.  During March, the board had all the monument sign lighting replaced with LED lights. This change will save us replacing lights in the future and also enhances the look of our neighborhood. We also continue to maintain the neighborhood and make repairs as needed. We have fixed a few chairs at the bug park that were missing their bolts. We encourage neighbors to let us know if you see anything in the district that needs to be fixed, please email us at [email protected]
Girls Bathroom Remodel:

This project continues to make progress and is on track to be completed before the pool opens this summer. The new tile has been installed, the floors have been refinished, the walls and stalls have been painted and the bathroom stalls have been reinstalled.
No Dumping at the Clubhouse:

During the last few months we have seen an uptick in dumping at the clubhouse. We do have cameras in the clubhouse parking lot and give license plate numbers to the police. Please be a responsible neighbor and do not dump anything by the clubhouse. Tri-County recently shared this list of ways to recycle that might be helpful for our neighbors if you have bigger items or items that can not be picked up by Waste Management’s normal service.  Here is there A-Z recycling guide: www.tchd.org/RecycleGuide
Clean up after your pet:

Please be a good neighbor and help keep our neighborhood clean and beautiful. Please clean up after your furry friend. There has been an increase of residents not cleaning up after their dogs. Please be considerate and do the right thing.
Election for Board of Directors
Wheatlands Metropolitan District

Tuesday, May 3, 2022.
This election will be conducted as an independent mail ballot election only. Mail ballots will be mailed to eligible electors between April 11, 2022 and April 18, 2022.  

           White Bear Ankele Tanaka & Waldron
Office of the Designated Election Official
           2154 E. Commons Avenue, Suite 2000
Centennial, Colorado 80122
Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., April 11, 2022 through May 2, 2022, and Tuesday, May 3, 2022 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
           Aurora Family YMCA at Wheatlands
6100 S. Kewaunee Way
Aurora, Colorado 80016
Monday through Friday, April 25, 2022 through April 29, 2022, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.;
Saturday April 30, 2022, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and 
Monday and Tuesday, May 2, 2022 and May 3, 2022, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Common Violations and How to Avoid Them

As a District, our goal in upholding the Covenants is preserving the nature and character of the community and protecting property values. It is important to make sure each homeowner is following all of District Guidelines and Covenants. As you read through the list below, you can see how to avoid potential problems.
Here are some of the most common District violations we typically see, and what you should know about each of them.

  • Landscaping: There are rules about overgrown lawns, weeds and dead plants. When you replace dead plants, be sure to check guidelines to see what types of trees/plants/shrubs are allowed. If you are using different plants than what you had, you will need architectural approval.
  • Vehicles: RVs, boats, trailers and commercial vehicles, for example can be kept on a property for up to 72 hours for loading and unloading only. Otherwise they must be kept within the enclosed garage or an off-site storage facility out of the community.
  • Trash: There are rules on putting trash cans out too early or not bring them in by a certain time, since they can attract pests and make a neighborhood look shabby. “All garbage or trash cans or receptacles shall be stored out of site (except that a container for such materials may be placed outside at such times as may be necessary to permit garbage or trash pickup.) Trash containers may be placed on the street for pickup after 5:00 p.m. on the evening prior to the day that such trash is to be picked up. Trash containers must be removed from the street properly stored by 9:00 p.m. of the day of pickup.”
  • Exterior storage: The District limits what types of equipment may be stored outside. For instance, you should keep items such as bicycles, lawnmowers, kayaks or other items out of view, behind a fence or within your enclosed garage or shed.
  • Pets: To keep all residents safe and comfortable and being respectful of your neighbors, it is important to keep dogs on leashes and to pick up after your pet, while walking them in the neighborhood. The District also limits how many pets you can own, specific breeds and sizes, for example no chickens or livestock are allowed.
  • Noise: The District, as well as the City of Aurora have rules that restrict loud noises or bright lights between certain hours. Noise ordinances must be followed.
  • Holiday decorations: Because you live in the District, there are rules on how long before (45 days) and after (30 days) a holiday that you can decorate the home’s exterior.
  • Design changes: The District set up the Guidelines, so that if you have questions changing the appearance or structure of your home or simple things like painting your house, making changes to any landscaping or adding a patio or deck, do require written approval from the District’s design review committee. To review the Guidelines or to get a design review application go to https://www.wheatlandsmetro.org/covenants/
How to respond to District rule violation notices

  • Address it: Ignoring a violation notice won’t make it go away and can make the situation much worse, if not responded to. Once you’ve received a violation notice, take steps to understand and correct the violation, and either pay or appeal the fine if issued.
  • Don’t take it personally: Remember that the rules were created to keep the community safe and comfortable for residents, including you. You agreed to abide by the rules when you bought your home.
  • Communicate: While friendly phone or email communication can address minor infractions or warnings, written communication and documentation helps create clarity for everyone involved. When you’ve been accused of a rule’s violation, it’s best to address it in writing. If there are extenuating circumstances—like a family emergency that causes you to fall behind on lawn care—communicate that to your Covenant enforcement manager at [email protected] . You don’t know if an exception might be made until you ask.
  • Get involved: There is usually a correlation between the level of homeowner involvement and the success of a community. So, if you want to improve your community, volunteer for a board or committee position or attend meetings to see how you can contribute.
Next Board Meeting

Thursday, April 14th at 6:00 pm
this meeting will be a held in person at the Wheatlands Clubhouse located at
6601 S Wheatlands Parkway

We welcome all community members to attend and participate in our board meetings.

Get involved and volunteer for a committee and share your talents!

Going forward the board has decided to allow for flexibility with our meetings
and will post on the agenda prior to each meeting if they will be at the clubhouse or online. 

View our website at www.wheatlandsmetro.org to see the agenda and past meeting minutes. 

Thank you! 
YMCA Programs and Southlands Events
Kids Night Out!

When: Friday
April 15th & April 29nd
5:30 pm-8:30 pm

Where: Aurora YMCA at Wheatlands
6100 S Kewaunee Way
Aurora, CO 80016

What: Kids Night Out
Drop the kids off for 3 hours of fun. Dinner, games, crafts, and a movie. Our staff will start the evening with dinner and then lead the kids through a craft and some fun games and activities, followed by a movie. 

Ages: Potty-trained to 12 years old.

Please register by the previous Wednesday.

Cost: $20/child
Limited to 20 kids.

In order for us to have Kids Night Out
will need at least 6 children to sign up. 
April is Flex your Family Fun Month at the YMCA!
Click the link below to find out all the fun programs and events we will be offering
Come join the fun!
Swim lessons are in full swing at the Aurora YMCA!
Sign up now to be summer-ready.

The Southlands Shopping center continues to offer events and programs

Please sure to check it out by clicking HERE

The Easter Bunny will be available for free pictures at Southlands Guest Services located next to Sephora during the beginning April.
Be sure to sign up for your designated time slot.