Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Parker Newsletter - January 2017

PARKER INSIDER – January 2017

PACE, Recreation Center, and Fieldhouse will be closed Sunday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.
Town Hall will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2 for the New Year’s Day holiday.

Parents’ Night Out
DATE: Jan. 7
LOCATION: Parker Fieldhouse
TIME: 6-10:30 p.m.
COST: $20 first child; $15 sibling. Fee increases by $5 day of event. Pre-registration is encouraged
CONTACT: 303.805.6304
Parents, grab some friends and enjoy a night with adults while we watch your kids. Our talented staff will keep your kids active and entertained so you don't have to. We host plenty of games and activities, crafts, movies, climbing, and skating to keep your kids busy. Children must provide their own skates. For kids who need a little down time, we show a family-friendly feature film and mini-films in the activity rooms. The movie title will be posted at check-in. Concessions will be available to purchase. To ensure your child's spot, pre-registration is strongly encouraged! Staffing is determined by the number of pre-registered participants and walk-ups may be turned away.

Performances at the PACE Center
Jan. 20- Feb. 12- Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Be Our Guest for A Tale as Old as Time! The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale. Featuring all of the wonderful characters and songs you know, this musical is sure to enchant the whole family.
For more information contact 303.805.6800 or www.ParkerArts.org
Town Hall closed Monday, Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Free Christmas Tree Disposal
The Town of Parker will host its annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program from Dec. 26 through Jan. 22. This year’s drop-off site will again be the east paved Salisbury Park ballfields parking lot, at 11920 Motsenbocker Rd.
The drop-off is available solely for Parker residents to recycle their Christmas trees. Additional yard waste and tree branches are not permitted. No commercial tree lot disposal is allowed as our elves have a hard time removing all of the tags.
Both green and flocked REAL trees are accepted. Before dropping off any Christmas trees, please remove all plastic tarps, tree stands and nails, ornaments, lights, garland and tinsel. No artificial trees, garland or wreathes with wire backing will be accepted.
Please drop off during park hours only, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and do not illegally dump any other items at the drop-off location.
The trees collected by the program will be chipped into mulch, which will be available at the same site at no charge to residents beginning Jan. 2. Remaining mulch will be utilized throughout the Town and not discarded in a landfill.
Residents should not place Christmas trees in garbage containers. Keeping trees out of the landfills helps extend the life of landfills and produces a useful resource. The annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program is just one of many ways that Parker residents can reduce, re-use and recycle.
Please contact the Town of Parker at 303.840.9546 with further questions.

Saturday Skate Night
DATE: Jan. 14
TIME: 5:30-9 p.m.
LOCATION: Parker Fieldhouse
CONTACT: 303.805.6309
COST: $3 for skaters or any age. Non-skating adults with skating children are always free.
Grab some friends and your roller skates or blades for Skate Night! Participants can skate around the rink and listen to great, family-friendly music. The time is designated for open skating with no hockey allowed. This event is great for all ages and teens looking for something to do on a Saturday night.

Snow Plowing
Be Prepared for Snow Snow Operations Policy Although the Public Works Department has a snow plowing priority system in place, the time required to clear the roads depends on several variables such as the snowstorm intensity, duration, wind and temperature. The Town of Parker sees approximately six feet of snow during an average snow season, which is typically spread over several dozen snow events. Arterial roadways are our first priority and will be cleared first. These are the major roadways that carry the most traffic volume, such as Stroh Road, Hess Road, 20 Mile Road, Cottonwood Drive, Canterberry Parkway, Lincoln Avenue, Jordan Road, Pine Drive, Hilltop Road and Mainstreet. Collector streets are our second priority, including, but not limited to, Dransfeldt, Riva Ridge, Motsenbocker, J. Morgan, Nate, Bradbury Parkway, Clark Farms Drive, Pine Lane, Apache Plume, Crown Crest Boulevard, Tallman, Omaha and Canterberry Trail. These streets provide access to the arterial roadways and will be cleared once the arterial roadways have been plowed. School bus routes not already plowed under the second priority are our third priority and will be plowed when accumulation exceeds three inches. Per Town Council policy, local residential roads and cul-de-sacs that provide traffic flow within subdivisions and access to homes are not plowed unless an average of at least 10 inches of snow has accumulated on pavement or if major drifting has occurred. Snow depths are determined by actual snowfall measurements on streets in a variety of locations throughout Town. When residential streets are plowed, only approximately an 18- to 20-foot-wide path will be cleared. A map of the Town of Parker’s snow routes is available online at ww.ParkerOnline.org/SnowMap. For more information on the Town’s snow policy, email Public Works or call 303.840.9546.

Snow Tips for Residents
* It is the homeowner’s responsibility to remove snow and ice from all sidewalks adjacent to their property within 48 hours of the end of any snow, sleet or freezing rain. Failure to do so in the specified time frame is a violation of the Town’s municipal code and can result in a fine to the homeowner.
* Avoid shoveling or blowing snow into the street. If your street is plowed, some snow will get back on your driveway and we understand that this can be frustrating. You can help by shoveling snow from sidewalks or driveways into your yard as any snow placed in the street will likely be pushed back into your driveway by a passing snow plow. In addition, snow placed in the gutter may cause icing issues.
* Park vehicles off of the street when it snows. This keeps vehicles from being plowed in, protects them from passing vehicles and gives snow plows more space to maneuver.
* Stay at home if possible and avoid the stress of driving in poor weather conditions. Every car left at home reduces the number of potentially stranded vehicles which can slow down plowing operations. When there are fewer vehicles operating on the roadways, the quicker the streets can be cleared.
* Keep children out of the street. Remind your children to avoid playing on snow piled on the road or in cul-de-sacs. Equipment operators may not see children playing due to low visibility or other causes.
* When driving near a snow plow, slow down and use caution. If you can’t see the snow plow’s mirrors, the driver probably can’t see you.

New Mounted Patrol
The Parker Police Department’s new Mounted Patrol Unit made its debut leading the Carriage Parade in downtown Parker in December. Sergeant Joe Cummings was riding Alaska and Officer Troy Gordon was on Bobby Sue. In an effort to provide our community with continued outstanding police services, the Parker Police Department has created a Mounted Patrol Unit for parades, community policing events, crowd control, crime prevention, park and trail patrols, and to assist with searches of lost persons.
The Town of Parker has always taken a proactive approach to community policing and building partnerships with its citizens. The addition of a Mounted Unit will continue to build on the culture of the department allowing officers to utilize horses as yet another means to connect with the public in a positive manner. If you see Alaska and Bobby Sue, be sure to say hi…and don’t forget Sergeant Cummings and Officer Gordon.