Parker Branch to Open This Summer
All the years of hard work and persistence to open new libraries in Douglas County are starting to come to fruition.
Three branches of Douglas County Libraries (DCL) will open this year in Parker, Lone Tree and Castle Pines as part of the No Leaf Unturned campaign, which was originally announced in 2013.
The first facility, located at 360 Village Square Lane in Castle Pines, celebrated its grand opening on April 21. The Lone Tree branch will open July 9 at 10055 Town Ridge Drive, The Parker branch, the largest of the three, is expected to open at 20105 E. Mainstreet this summer.
The Certificate of Occupancy is expected to be completed on June 27, according to DCL Facilities Manager Rick O’Dell, who says it will take at least four to five weeks after that until the facility is open.
The Parker library will have a unique form, derived from the shape of the site, to leverage views to the west and over the Town of Parker’s planned park and plaza northwest of the building.
When it opens, area residents will enjoy a facility that is twice the size of its current location, growing from the current 20,000 square feet to about 40,000 square feet on two floors.
And all library patrons will appreciate the fact that the new building will have 163 parking spaces, about 2½ times the number at its current location, with almost 40 additional spaces at the adjoining park.
It also will have lots of high-quality interactive features for children and a creativity lab for people of all ages and skill levels.
For example, there will be a fun, interactive children’s area that includes what library staff call a baby pool, which is not an actual pool but an area where infants can crawl around, protected by a rounded bumper to ensure baby safety.
That space will be adjacent to a structural wall that encourages youth to climb and explore, says Nanci Marr, the library district’s marketing and communications supervisor. And there will also be a kids’ corner with retractable/movable walls so it opens into larger space.
Parker’s library will also have The Studio, a media lab with state-of-the-art software and equipment, including a green screen and professional-quality editing equipment, that will be available for library cardholders who want to create various products for fun or business purposes, including manga or anime videos, musical compositions and short films or videos.
Library staffers also envision residents recording stand-up comedy routines to upload to YouTube, digitizing old home videos, recording video resumes and converting those old VHS tapes to DVD.
Thanks to a generous donation, The Studio will grace the name of the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary of Parker, the first organization to lend its name to the Parker facility. Among the other contributors were Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA), which sponsored the flagpole, and Janiece Murphy, who sponsored the Maureen “AJ” Ramey Memorial Garden in memory of her daughter.
Finally, the library will offer a drive-through book deposit, flexible community event space, two public meeting/conference rooms, six study rooms, a quiet reading den, dedicated Storytime/kids’ event space and a second floor loft that seats 40 and includes a portable media center.