From Jerry Flannery - CEO and General Manager
HRCA is in full swing with our programs and activities! The temperatures have warmed up and we are finally seeing more of our neighbors after a winter hibernation! The trees and other vegetation are now fully blooming and summer is in the air. Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day Weekend are all quickly approaching.
Events: May starts off with a signature event for HRCA. The Taste of Highlands Ranch is one of my personal favorite events of the year! It is being held at Eastridge Recreation Center the evening of Friday, May 3. That same weekend, on May 5, we are starting our weekly Farmers' Market in Town Center. May 11 is a busy day in the Ranch kicking off with the Mother's Day 5K. Afterwards, head to our Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding event and then the Big Help in the Backcountry Wilderness Area. Find all these events and more on our online calendar at HRCAonline.org/Schedules.
Spring Time in The Ranch: Now that warmer temperatures are upon us, more homeowners are outside using the Backcountry Trails. There are 8,200 acres of conservation space to explore (1,200 not requiring a guide). HRCA members are invited to enjoy the 26 miles of trails and everyone can sign up for various Backcountry activities. Please help us preserve our trails by limiting bike riding when conditions are muddy and leave nature as you found it by cleaning up any trash or debris brought with you. Also, please remember that dogs are not allowed on the Backcountry Trails.
Facility Dates to Note: A few upcoming events you will want to mark your calendar for include the Southridge Annual Maintenance Closure. Southridge will be closed this year from May 6 - May 11. Staff will be busy this week performing annual maintenance projects and doing a deep clean of the entire facility. We encourage our members to check out any of the other three recreation centers and Backcountry trails during the Southridge closure week.
All Recreation Centers will be closing early on Memorial Day, Monday May 27, at 6:00 p.m. Please plan accordingly. Check the web site to keep track of all our facility closures.
Pools are Opening: Mark your calendars, the outdoor pools open for the season on May 24! Time to get outside and enjoy the sun and water. Sign up for individual or group swim lessons, or try of our great aquatic adventure programs like snorkeling or paddleboard. We have something for all ages and stages. For some outdoor fun be sure to check out our Adult Swim Night events that happen monthly in June, July and August.
Short Term Rentals: Short-Term Rentals (STRs) are residential properties available for rent for a period ranging from nightly to 30 days to six months. STRs are commonly asked about and sometimes found as advertised on popular vacation rental sites such as Airbnb and Vacation Rentals by Owner. Per the Highlands Ranch Planning Development Guide (enforced by Douglas County), residential properties in Highlands Ranch are zoned for single family usage. As such, short-term rentals are prohibited in Highlands Ranch. If you have any questions concerning zoning issues; please contact the Douglas County Zoning Department at 303-660-7460. Additionally, the HRCA Residential Improvement Guidelines (RIGs) address the issue in our guidelines. Please see the complete RIGs at HRCAonline.org/Rigs.