Welcome! Grab a cup of tea, and enjoy browsing some of the photos and stories. As the 'teawife,' it is my duty to watch and listen and be a supportive friend, and a loving mum and wife. I should post more often, but sticking my nose into everyone's business keeps me busy! Kathy the teawife

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tranquility in the Foothills

On a neighborhood forum, someone mentioned the opening of an amazing park on the westside of Loveland, Colorado. I’m a relative newcomer to the area, and I don’t know much about the history of the Mehaffey park land, which was purchased from the Mehaffey family by the city in 1997. 
From what I gleaned in reading online, the park had some starts and stutters in the transformation from empty open fields to a tranquil escape of winding and circular trails nestled in the foothills. 
Some of the delays in construction included the 2010-11 economic downturn and the September 2013 Big Thompson River flood, which diverted city money to repairing existing parks and recreational facilities. However, finally, this August, the city’s vision for this park was completed.
One morning this week, I finally made my way to Mehaffey Park, and I was truly impressed. I can see that I’ll be spending many more days strolling around the grounds. 
Mehaffey Park also includes: extensive picnic shelters, a dog park, an adventure play area, sports courts, pond, rolling green fields, prairie landscaping, and more, spread over 69 acres. 
This time, I only had my iPhone with me to snap some shots. I’ll take my heavy-duty SLR Canon on future occasions to capture the changing of the seasons, including snow topped mountain peaks in the distance.
I have no doubt that this new Loveland park will become one of the most popular in the area.