From Jerry Flannery - CEO and General Manager
Happy May Day everyone! Spring blooms are starting to appear and summer weather is quickly approaching.
Events: This month there are several exciting events being offered to kick off the warmer months ahead. The Farmers Market at Town Center is on Sundays, the Spring Trunk Sale is May 22, and Culture on the Green at Civic Green Park is on May 21. See events calendar and details: Events Calendar
Southridge will be closed for their annual cleaning and maintenance week May 3-8. The three other recreation centers and the Backcountry trails will be open this week. Please take this opportunity to utilize one
of the other facilities.
COVID-19 Update: After a year of fluctuating operational changes, we are thrilled to be extending our operating hours, eliminating reservations for fitness areas, and indoor pools and offering facility rentals once again. We appreciate the community’s support and understanding during this past year. Please remember that necessary safety protocols are still in place. Changes are continuously being made based on state requirements, so please check the web site for regular updates.
Member Education: This quarter I want to provide some basic information about HRCA’s authority and jurisdiction. HRCA is a Non-profit 501 c (4) private membership organization. We own, operate and maintain the (4) Recreation Centers in Highlands Ranch as well as the land associated with each of the facilities. We also own and manage over 8,000 acres of open space in our Backcountry Wilderness Area.
We produce almost 100 community and special events each year, we are a referral agency for commercial projects submitted within the community and we also enforce the exterior design and landscape guidelines for all homes in Highlands Ranch.
In contrast, Douglas County is responsible for land use/zoning and permitting, most road construction and maintenance, adult/child protective services, animal control, emergency services, public infrastructure, snow removal and health and human Services. Douglas County is a political subdivision of the state and has taxing authority. We often get calls and comments from homeowners about these departments. However, since we are two separate agencies, the HRCA has little to no influence on the operations of these departments. We encourage all homeowners to get in touch with the appropriate entity when necessary. More information about the services of HRCA can be found at www.HRCAonline.org.
Douglas County info can be found on their web site at https://www.douglas.co.us/.