Monthly Blog 2018-03-08T14:00:30+00:00
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Joann Cortez
Communication Director
Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District
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June Blog

          Hyland Hills’ Summer Interns are Amazing I am a one-person department as the Director of Communications for Hyland Hills. Throughout the year, the job is a busy one due to the fact that I work with every department in the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District. My job is to know what’s going on and to communicate that with you, our Residents, about what is happening in the District. We are a large District, serving a 25-square mile area. With 32 parks, three community centers, an indoor arena, Water World, Adventure Golf and Raceway, The Greg Mastriona Golf Courses at Hyland Hills, Ice Centre at the Promenade, and FIT by Hyland Hills, it can get just a little busy around here. Hopefully you know all about Hyland Hills and are actively engaging with our website, [...]

When Hyland Hills Horticulturist John Navant Speaks, People Listen!

Home sweet home for Hyland Hills Water World Horticulturist John Navant are the two greenhouses he calls home when he’s at work for Hyland Hills. It is his job to provide one of the most loved and talked about attractions at Water World, its amazing flowers, hanging displays, tropical gardens and topiaries. Year after year, guests comment about and take pictures of John’s pride and joy. Thankfully, his wife Shaylene, a horticulturist herself, for the City of Westminster, and son Eli, a freshman in Golden, share the same love of beautiful landscaping and amazing flowers. I mean he really cares about, and speaks with such pride about, what he does, so I would imagine dinnertime conversations include one or more tidbits about “work.” Just a couple of months ago, John offered an opinion to Colorado State University’s Flower Trail Garden [...]

April Blog

              Hyland Hills Beginner Basketball Camp Says Thanks to Coach Mike Najera and … HOORAY for ROCKY! Every year, Hyland Hills sponsors a beginner’s basketball camp for youngsters between the ages of 5 – 8 years old. This year’s camp, was held the evening of March 27th at Ranum Middle School. The camp was billed as a 2-hour instructional camp where the young participants would be taught some basic dribbling, passing, and shooting skills along with some development techniques. But this year, Coach Mike Najera had something special in mind. He came to me through the Hyland Hills athletic manager, Chris Robson, and said he had purchased some Denver Nuggets game tickets to use as prizes at the camp, but had been thinking how “cool” it would be to surprise the kids with a [...]

Oh Yes We Did!

                We are so happy to share the news. On March 1, 2019, Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District became the proud owner/operator of the FIT by Hyland Hills fitness center located at 120th and Federal Boulevard! Conversations that began last fall with the past owners yielded a state-of-the-art fitness center for Hyland Hills that will allow us to offer a fantastic new service, and reasonably-priced fitness center memberships to our Residents and guests! This is an exciting purchase for us because the fitness business fits nicely within the scope of services the District currently provides, and we really didn’t have anything like it in the Hyland Hills District portfolio. Plus, the location of the new center will give us more presence in the northern part of the Hyland Hills District, where there [...]

February Blog

ADVENTURE GOLF READIED FOR MARCH 8TH OPENING! You may have visited Adventure Golf & Raceway (AGR) during the holidays, and if you did, we hope you were mesmerized by the beautiful light displays at the Holiday Lights Mini Golf spectacular! Thousands upon thousands of colorful lights and surprises were the order of the season with special visits from character performers and even Santa himself! Well, the park looks a lot different now, as the year-round staff has completed the careful month long tear-down, organizing, tagging and storing of all those lights. Now, the hiring of more seasonal staff is underway and its all-hands-on-deck as everyone prepares for the March 8th re-opening of Adventure Golf & Raceway for the busy spring and summer season. Wait…What…already?? If you are somehow unfamiliar with Adventure Golf & Raceway, you are missing out! What a [...]

January Blog

          Happy New Year from Hyland Hills, where we are all wishing you a wonderful and prosperous 2019! This year, you’ll notice that we will be continuously celebrating throughout the entire year at our facilities because we have many, many delightful reasons to do so. * The Greg Mastriona Golf Courses at Hyland Hills continues to let the good times roll. In the early 1960’s, Hyland Hills applied for and received the first Federal Open Space Grant for golf course land acquisition, to build the first ever golf course in Adams County. Over the years, the golf course has played host to thousands of tournaments and hundreds of thousands of golf memories made by dedicated lovers of the game. * Water World isn’t too far behind, splashing in at 40 years old in 2019. The park [...]

December Blog

                  Please Donate a Toy to the Adams County Sherriff’s Foundation Today! When a couple of representatives from the Adams County Sheriff’s Foundation came to Hyland Hills last year to ask for help in finding toys for needy children, it was quickly made very clear that Hyland Hills employees had the heart and compassion to listen. Why? Because our team realized that we are so fortunate to be able to come to work each day, allowing us to have a regular stream of income to help us navigate through life and its everyday challenges. We learned that this is not the case for a lot of the families with children that the Adams County Sheriff’s Department interacts with during the holiday season. Often, those interactions are the result of a traumatic, sometimes [...]

November Blog

                Holiday F-U-N at Hyland Hills! Residents of Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District have some special things to incorporate into their family holiday fun this year! The celebrating started early for the District with the opening of Holiday Lights Mini Golf at Adventure Golf & Raceway on November 2nd.  Long gone are the days where the park would go dark after a busy summer and fall season. Adventure Golf & Raceway now hosts one of the Denver metro area’s most spectacular holiday light displays – and by popular demand it includes miniature golf, weather permitting. The 54 unique and creative holes of golf literally jump out of the darkness with millions of brilliant, colored lights and surprises at every turn. The amazing themed structures and beautiful pathways include Woody, the giant talking [...]

October Blog

Hyland Hills Volunteer Coaches Honored        The Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District is really fortunate to have some amazing volunteer coaches who give generously of their time and talent to the youngsters of our community. On September 26th, the District honored dozens of volunteer coaches at the annual Coaches Banquet. It was held at Adventure Golf and Raceway, with more than 200 people in attendance. It was so great to see the coaches, who brought their families with them, to enjoy a special BBQ, drinks, and unlimited use of our miniature golf courses, racetrack, ropes course and bumper cars for the evening. The site was selected so the coaches could experience our popular facility, located at 96th & Sheridan in Westminster, with their own kids and to have some fun together! We truly value what the coaches do [...]

September Blog

Hyland Hills PARKFEST to be an Annual Event! Hopefully, you were able to join about 500 or so of your fellow Hyland Hills Residents on the evening of September 14th at Clear Creek Valley Park for a really great community celebration! It was the annual Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District PARKFEST event and the weather could not have been better. The District’s flagship regional park was absolutely in its full glory! Hyland Executive Director, Yvonne Fischbach, envisions the FREE entry event as a one that will occur every year, around September, at Clear Creek Valley Park, located at 58th and Tennyson Street. She says it’s a big THANK YOU to the community for supporting the Hyland District’s park project for so many years before it actually came into fruition to be enjoyed by all. The inaugural event actually took [...]

August Blog

  This month we have a VLOG (Video Blog) about Clear Creek Valley Park! Please watch the video to hear what we have done already at this beautiful park, and what is still to come. Thanks!

July Blog

Movies in the Park and a Great Partnership with the Adams County Fair! In June and July, our ongoing partnership with the Adams County Fair yielded two wonderful community movie nights for Hyland Hills’ residents and guests. We have been partners since the Adams Fair team hosted their first ever movie night in 2016. That movie night, was held in the Water World parking lot and to date remains their highest-ever attended movie night with more than 600 people attending the event. It was the movie “Grease” that drew the big crowd, and praise from the Hyland Hills community for hosting such a great family event. This past June, we brainstormed an idea to bring the next movie to the beautiful golf course space immediately adjacent to Adventure Golf & Raceway. We thought, why not make it an added bonus [...]