Thank You For a Wonderful Grand Opening Celebration
Thank you to all the residents who came out to celebrate the grand opening of the Wheatlands Community Park! We are so grateful to open the park and for all of us to be able to use the space to gather as a community.
It was a beautiful day. Thank you to the YMCA for organizing the grand opening event. The City of Aurora and Chamber of Commerce for attending the ceremony.
Architterra, GoodLand Construction, ID Sculpture, Colorado Hardscape, White Bear Ankele Tanaka & Waldron for all your hard work to create the community park.
Thank you to Polly Martin, Robert Romero and Kathy Barela for serving on the Wheatlands Metropolitan District Board and creating this space for the community.
Wheatlands Recreation Center Project
For more information and to follow the progress of the new Recreation Center please visit:
Taking care of a few simple things around your home and yard in fall can save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in preventable repairs.
1. Clean up leaves. Clean up leaves in the yard and finish any needed landscape maintenance.
2. Clean out gutters. Keep gutters clear of leaves, twigs and debris. The debris build up can keep the melting snow and ice from flowing freely, which can cause gutters to freeze.
3. Turn off outside water faucets and drain irrigation systems. Properly drain and blow out irrigation systems to avoid damage from freezing and thawing. Drain and coil hoses for winter storage. Remove hose nozzles, sprayers and wands. Store these items in a non-freezing spot, like a garage or basement. Drain outside faucets, turning off water from inside your home. Consider covering exterior faucets with an insulating cover, especially if you don’t have a turn-off valve inside.
4. Cover outdoor furniture. Clean and cover outdoor furniture, take down umbrellas, making sure it’s all snug and secure for winter.
6. Power wash outside surfaces. Take time to scrub down patios, decks and walkways to remove accumulated dirt from summer.
7. Wash windows. Wash both inside and outside surfaces and inspect seals. Caulk if necessary. Remove screens and stow them for winter.
8. Have the heating system inspected. It is also important to clean your chimney and fireplace
9. Plan snow removal. Plan the removal of snow on your driveway and sidewalks. Make sure your shovels are in good condition. Remember to have the snow removed from your sidewalks within 24 hours from the end of the storm.
10. Buy ice melt. Pick up a few bags of ice melt for decks, stairs and walkways. For a pet-friendly ice melt, you can use magnesium chloride. Magnesium calcium chloride blends are said to be pet friendly, but they aren’t always. It is also not recommended to us salt blends on concrete and especially not new concrete. Using sand for traction is the safest choice on concrete.
Pool and Clubhouse Information
The board has been working hard with the YMCA to get some much needed work done at the pool and clubhouse. Below is an update on the improvements that are being made:
* The new dumpster enclosure is complete. This improvement allows us to store 2 dumpsters inside the enclosure and replaces the broken, old enclosure.
* Permanent shade structures at the pool were approved at the last board meeting and are being ordered. These canopy structures will be bolt mounted into the cement. They will fit along the south side of the pool deck. American Awning and Patio Company has a lifetime hail warranty on the shades. The shades are also removable to be taken down in the winter or as needed.
* A Fabric shade has also been approved that will be weaved along the top of the pergola to provide additional shade around the pool.
* Staining of the pool and clubhouse pergolas were approved at the last board meeting and is being scheduled.
* The District has hired an interior designer to revamp our clubhouse and give the space a fresh look with new furniture and updated decor her plans have been approved.
* The Parking lot needs to have rose painting and crack filling completed. This will prevent further damage and a more costly fix later. This improvement was approved at the last board meeting. We recognize several residents use the clubhouse to park during school pick up and drop off. We will partner and communicate with Pine Ridge to when the parking lot closure will occur. We will also send a communication when we have the date scheduled. Thanks for your patience with this fix.
Items that are in the process of getting approval for 2020 include:
* New Floors/Paint for inside of Clubhouse
* Pool sound system upgrade
* Clubhouse sound system upgrade
* Remodel of the pool bathrooms
* Pool Heater replacement
* Pool Filter addition
* Audit on tables and chairs for the Pool is being completed so we can order new furniture as needed
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Reach & Rise Mentoring
What is Reach and Rise?
Reach and Rise is a free group mentoring program of the YMCA, established to provide young people in our community with positive and peer relationships.
2 adult mentors are matched with a group of 6 youth
The group will meet once a week for 2 hours.
The program cycle runs for 8 weeks during the summer and 16 weeks during the fall and spring.
Mentors are meant to serve as role models, friends, and confidants. They’re another source of support for your child. They are not meant to take the role of a parent, babysitter, or financier.
The holidays come alive as we kick off the season with our Holiday Hometown Parade & Tree Lighting. Join our annual celebration on Main Street and get into the spirit of the season with entertainers, floats, music, and special guests – including Santa himself!
The YMCA has put together a virtual fitness class schedule for our residents to utilize. These classes are available and free for everyone. The YMCA has also partnered up with Southlands and will be doing weekly cub club events for the kids.
We hope all of our residents are staying safe and healthy during this time. Tri-County Health issued a public health order this morning which will close our neighborhood playgrounds (both at the clubhouse and the new park).