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Croke Reservoir will start filling by end of September
8/1/2008
Credit:
City of Northglenn http://www.northglenn.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=420&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0
Water will start to fill Croke Reservoir by the end of September and the nature area will be reopened to the public by mid-fall.

The reservoir has been empty since late 2007 as part of an intense renovation project to improve the fishery and wildlife conditions at the nature area, located one block north of 104th Avenue, just off Huron Street.

The $3.33 million Croke Reservoir Shoreline Improvement Project includes removal of sediment from the bottom of the lake and the addition of a fishing plaza to provide greater access for angling, as well as a new overlook.

The eastern shoreline was stabilized with rock and mortar and extended 40 feet to the west. It will also have a trail that will connect with the city’s Greenway Trail System.

Handicap and pedestrian accessibility was a major consideration in the design. Also, the city conducted two public hearings in 2006, where citizens expressed their desires for the area.

At the July 24 Northglenn City Council meeting, council voted to add the Naiad Trail Improvements Project to the Croke Reservoir.

The city allocated $1,886,917.24 from the 2007 and 2008 Capital Improvements Project budget for the project.

Additionally, the Adams County Open Space Tax provided $1.24 million. The city also received $199,925 through a Great Outdoors Colorado grant.

The city saved nearly $250,000 on the project through a trade-out with the Farmers and Irrigation Company for the boulders on the eastern shore.

In December 2006, Northglenn City Council designated Croke Reservoir and its immediate surroundings a nature area to protect it from development.

Croke Funding ­­
Distribution of funds for the Croke Reservoir renovation:
2007/08 City of Northglenn Capital
Capital Improvement Budget $1,886,917.24
Adams County Open Space Tax $1,242,891
Great Outdoors Colorado grant $199,925

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Total $3,329,733.24