11 Reasons Why City Parks Make a Difference

Proof of how City Parks can make a difference! Read the American Planning Association’s 11 studies showing how City’s use parks — from community revitalization to helping children learn.

During the Great Recession, Kissimmee, Florida (pop. 64,000) did something many found unbelievable – spent $35 million to renovate a major park as an economic development initiative. The mayor decided that to revitalize downtown, it was imperative to redo the park, which included repositioning lakefront property and improving adjacent streets.

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Grant Frontier Park: 1858 mining camp to Denver’s golden park

Located in the same spot on the South Platte River where gold miners founded Denver’s first settlement in 1858, Grant Frontier Park has experienced more bust than boom times.  A 1-year, $3.8 million renovation by ECI has transformed the once bleak park into an award-winning urban treasure.

Grant Frontier story - newsletter designed

$4.3M Wellington park


If Wellington builds it, they will stay.

At least that’s the attitude some have about the 30-acre park and two baseball fields under construction in north Wellington, where the Wellington Community Park is expected to be partially open by the end of October.

“We really didn’t have any attractions…”


Link to Cherry Creek Improvement News Article and Video

Cherry Creek Eco Park Video


Greenway Foundation RiverSweep

Greenway Foundation RiverSweep

For the second time in 2014, ECI proudly participated in the Greenway Foundation’s biannual RiverSweep to improve the safety and natural beauty Denver’s rivers.  It’s a terrific opportunity for families to volunteer and gather for games and activities afterwards.  With ECI’s ongoing improvement project along the South Platte River at Johnson-Habitat Park, we look forward to continuing to contribute to Metro River beautification programs.

ECI Site Management News

ECI Completes $15.7M in Projects – Press Release

ECI Site Construction Management Completes $15.7 million in Recreation Projects Across Front Range

LOVELAND, COLO. ‒ June 4, 2013 – ECI Site Construction Management’s 30 years of building parks and recreation facilities, and revitalizing downtowns and open spaces – projects proven to boost lifestyle satisfaction of communities – continued with the recent completion of three Front Range projects totaling $15.7 million.

  •  Margaret Carpenter Park – An $11.4 million project in Thornton, Colo., this park features a nod to sustainability with thoughtful consideration of natural habitats and the addition of a community historic carousel refurbished to become a park highlight. ECI constructed a skate park, 500-seat amphitheater, tennis and basketball courts, fishing piers, and many additional amenities.
  • 75-acre Cherry Creek Ecological Park – A $3.2 million project in Centennial, Colo., this challenging job realigned a stretch of Cherry Creek to reverse the effects of severe storm-runoff erosion. ECI collaborated with five different government agencies to revive a natural riparian area home to abundant wildlife and native plant species. ECI created a mile-long channel to divert Cherry Creek during the two-month project, installed 14,000 tons of rock and excavated 60,000 cubic yards of soil.
  • Erie Skate Park – A $1.1 million project in Erie, Colo., this 17,000-square-foot plaza is the world’s first Street League-certified public skateboarding plaza. Endorsed by Street League founder Rob Dyrdek – creator of the popular DC clothing and skateboard collections, and star of the “Fantasy Factory” reality show on MTV2 – the park likely will bring professional competitions to Erie.


“My joy is seeing the pleasure people experience at our project sites,” said Brian Peterson, ECI

President. “I recently attended my grandson’s football game at Spring Canyon Community Park in Fort Collins. It was a beautiful day and as I watched hundreds of people enjoying the park, I thought to myself, ‘ ECI’s efforts have a fulfilling, lasting impact on the community.’”


According to the American Planning Association, recreational projects like those ECI builds “…provide formal and informal gathering places for building community. They help to positively influence property values. They give city dwellers a place to connect to the natural world. They make our urban areas more inviting for living, working, and relaxing.”


About Environmental Construction Management

ECI, based in Loveland, Colo., is a 30-year-strong general contractor considered the go-to firm that helps design and build community parks, athletic fields, specialty sports parks and civil projects  across the state.

The company prides itself in delivering projects that build a sense of community.  ####


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Laura Dowling

Cherry Creek Eco Park Opening

A rubber duck race, ribbon cutting and individuals and families viewing wildlife highlighted the opening of the 75-acre Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park on July 11. For the Cherry Creek restoration project, ECI teamed with 5 governmental agencies. To ensure that site improvements were completed with minimal land/creek disturbance, ECI built a new mile-long channel to divert Cherry Creek, installed 14,000 tons of rock in the original channel area, excavated 60,000 cubic yards of soil, and placed more than 12,000 cubic yards of concrete grade control structures and 300,000 square feet of Coir Erosion Control Blanket.

ECI Site Management News

ECI Among Top 5 Fastest-Growing Companies in Northern Colorado

ECI Site Construction Management Among Top 5 Fastest-Growing Companies in Northern Colorado

LOVELAND, COLO., May 21, 2013 – ECI Site Construction Management’s astounding 95 percent revenue growth – even during the downturn of Colorado’s construction industry the past five years — is Northern Colorado’s fifth fastest-growing company.

The Northern Colorado Business Report awarded ECI a Mercury 100 Award for its rapid growth at a ceremony last week in Fort Collins. From 2010-2012, revenues of the Loveland-based general contractor nearly doubled and the company added eight full-time employees. ECI (www.ecisite.net), which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, today employs 23 staff members.

ECI continues to be the go-to firm that helps design and build community parks, athletic fields, specialty sports parks and civil projects  across the state.

“We pride ourselves in delivering projects that build a sense of community in cities across Colorado,” said Brian Peterson, ECI president. “When you see families at a park ECI built, kids enjoying a skate park, and residents using downtown areas and open spaces we helped revitalize, it truly makes our work exhilarating.”

Among the many projects ECI has completed over the years:

  • a $3.2 million, 88-day infrastructure overhaul of Main Street in downtown Fort Morgan, Colo.;
  • 100-acre Spring Canyon Community Park in Fort Collins that received an award for outstanding park design from the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association;
  • Erie Skate Park, the world’s first Street League-certified skate park; and
  • the $2.9 million habitat and water-quality improvement of Berkeley Lake alongside I-70 in Denver, which included enhanced fishing habitats, a renovated dog park, an updated trail system and additional ponds.


For more information about ECI, visit www.ecisite.net or call 970-669-6291.


Media contact:  Laura Dowling, 970-218-6601