It’s hard to believe that 20 years ago, the story of Park Meadows mall was just getting underway. Yet here we stand today with this pillar of the community serving as not only a major economic force, but also as an integral piece of our local culture. With these thoughts leading the way, join us as we celebrate Park Meadows’ impending 20th birthday in August by looking back at its history, as well as what’s next for this cornerstone of the Lone Tree community.
Digging into the Park Meadows Story
Naturally, the reason why this story is worth telling in the first place starts with delving into the groundbreaking history of the facility. As the team over at General Growth Properties (GGP) – the current owners of Park Meadows – notes, this mall serves as the only retail resort of its kind in Colorado. In other words, thanks to the creative use of wood beams and open spaces, visiting Park Meadows is more like enjoying the hospitality of local mountain lodge than trekking through a traditional mall.
The Denver Business Journal goes on to explain that Park Meadows’ over 1.5 million square feet of retail space was once good enough to earn the distinction of being the largest mall in the Denver. Even though this facility no longer lays claim to this title, it is still a proud recipient of the Urban Land Institute’s Award of Excellence and the International Council of Shopping Center’s (ICSC) Design and Development Award.
Enjoying 20 Years of Community Involvement
Of course, the men and women who operate behind the scenes at Park Meadows have done so much more than just run a world-class shopping destination; they’ve also always been heavily involved in making Lone Tree one of the crown jewels on the map of Colorado. Specifically, Joe Rubino of The Denver Post points to being a repository of over $1 million worth of locally-crafted art as a shining example of this concept in action.
Outside of putting the culture and heritage of Lone Tree on display, this burgeoning civic center’s general manager, Pamela Shcenck-Kelly, also serves as a prominent member of both the Douglas County Planning Commission and the Denver South Economic Development Partnership. Taking on an active role with these groups is far from easy and speaks to the dedication of Park Meadows to bolster the local experience for not only the people of Lone Tree, but also incoming tourists who are new to the area.
Laying out a Framework for a Prosperous Future
As far as what comes next for this pillar of the local community, the sky is clearly the limit. From an ever-expanding presence within the municipal happenings of Lone Tree to the imminent arrival of multiple first-time retailers to the complex, Park Meadows is clearly committed to making our city’s future as bright as possible. With this in mind, congratulations are in order for our friends over at Park Meadows on a great first 20 years in business – and here’s to hoping that the next 20 years are even better!
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