Jim Hamm Nature Area - 1701 E. County Line Road
Originally developed in 1976, the Jim Hamm Nature Area comprised 24 acres, including a 14 acre pond. This land was donated in
1974 by the Hamm family in memory of USAF Captain Jim Hamm who was shot
down over Vietnam in 1968 and to honor all St. Vrain Valley Veterans who fought in that war. Jim spent his youth exploring and
appreciating the wild environment that once was part of his grandfather's
farm (Elmer Montgomery). The pond in the park is a designated bird sanctuary
that welcomes a variety of waterfowl throughout the year. The panoramic vista
of the Front Range as seen from the park is illustrated on a panel located
near the pond. St. Vrain Valley School children visit this park every year
as part of their environmental education.
In 1998, a masterplan was completed
for the park which recommended additional land be added to the South edge
of the original park site. In 2001, Phase 1 construction for the master planned
park began. A Grand Reopening was held on June 27, 2002. New facilities include
a new Restroom/ shelter, a pond-side shelter, walkway, sensory garden, flagpole,
interpretive signs, site furnishings and new parking lot and entry off County
Line Road. Future improvements are also planned including a boardwalk, bird blind, pergola, additional paved parking and landscaping.
of 17th Avenue in the vicinity of the Hamm Nature Area was completed in 2006. This realignment
softened the impact of traffic on the park and through a private donation, added approximately 7 acres to
the park site. The Nature Area now encompasses 14 acres of
water and 17 acres of surrounding land.
The park is used by the public for passive recreation, the
St. Vrain Valley School District for environmental learning projects and the
VFW and American Legion for Memorial and Veterans Day events. The pond water is
supplied by Ute Creek and Spring Gulch. The water level fluctuates by season
and year, influencing the kind and number of birds that use the pond. The
foothills Audubon Society has conducted several bird counts there over the
years as as many as 80 different bird species have been spotted.
The park has two shelters which may be reserved for a $35.00 fee for resident and $44.00 for non-resident. (link to shelter reservations) . Winterization of the park restrooms begins October 1. Reconstruction of the shelters and restroom began in August 2008.
Jim Hamm West Picnic Shelter and Jim Hamm Restroom Picnic Area
- Picnic with BBQ
- Parking Spaces - 21 plus additional over-flow area
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