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Granby prepares for Raffety Park build-out

A conceptual design drawing of what Raffety Park will look like after all seven phases of construction are completed.

Grand County is defined by its recreational amenities.

From alpine ski resorts to expansive backcountry opportunities, Middle Park abounds with options for fun and adventure. This year the town of Granby will add to the outdoor infrastructure of the county with the first phase of the Raffety Park Project. Granby officials provided an update on the status of the project during a Feb. 6 planning commission meeting.

Raffety Park is more of an idea than a reality at this stage. Located on Diamond Court between the East Grand Middle School and Indian Peaks Charter School, the 7-acre park is currently little more than a dirt and gravel-covered field crisscrossed by ditches eroded from spring runoff. The Granby Soccer Dome and Granby Tennis Courts rest on the parcel, which is most commonly used for snow storage.

Phase one of the project will include earthwork, drainage improvements, grading, installation of utility stub-outs and planting of native seeds. Construction bids were due to Granby by the beginning of February. The rough construction schedule provided by the town states construction is anticipated to begin in April and be finished by Oct. 15.

The Raffety Park master plan was developed in 2010 along with the larger Granby Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Granby officials have spent several years working to secure funding for the project. In April 2016 Granby was awarded a Great Outdoors Colorado Grant for $335,000 to apply to the initial phase.

According to documentation provided by Granby, the first portion is expected to cost roughly $350,000. The same documentation estimates the total cost of all phases of the project at roughly $3.5 million.

The project includes seven phases in total, which will be completed over a prolonged period of time. Phase two is expected to include the creation of a partial parking lot, sidewalks, a picnic area, entryway landscaping, installation of a water line for a future field house and pouring of some curbs and gutters. Phase three will include relocating temporary buildings currently on the property to storage locations. Construction of a field house, installation of boulder retaining walls and additional curb and gutter work are also a part of phase three.

Phase four will involve the installation of a playground, the playground plaza, fitness stations and creation of an access point into the park for Indian Peaks. Phase five will see the construction of a multi-use field at the park, establishment of a crushed-rock pathway, creation of trail access points from local schools and drainage planting. Phase six is anticipated to include development of the park's west parking lot, improvements to the park's drainage, completion of a planned loop trail and the installation of additional fitness stations.

For the seventh and final stage of the Raffety Park project, town planners expect to install an ice rink, an outdoor plaza, a shelter area and complete a nature trail around the park.

Raffety Park is named for Granby's former mayor Ed Raffety who was a champion of recreational amenities in the community and who passed away in 2015.