Mushroom Pond Open Space
West of Federal Boulevard at about 110th Avenue.
This 20.42-acre open space features the hidden 4.3-acre Mushroom Pond. The pond is not visible from any public street and not easily accessible by car but well worth the effort to visit. This open space is bordered on the east by the 5.19 acre Foxshire Park and the 9.32 Farmers' High Line Canal Open Space, and on the south by 23 acres of Legacy Ridge Golf Course. This open space was acquired through separate acquisitions in 1989, 1994 and 2010. A portion of this property was adopted as open space in 2001.
The golf course, park, canal and open space encompass a 57.5-acre natural area east of Federal Boulevard. Because of this large protected area, wildlife is frequently observed in this area, such as fox and coyotes and waterfowl including white pelicans. A trail encircles the pond which is ringed with trees, shrubs, and wetland plants. The Farmers’ High Line Trail abuts the south edge of the pond. Further to the south is an attractive grove of trees and shrubs, which are the remnants of a no longer used pond.
The open space is on the site of a former savory mushroom farm and company, which was reportedly the largest mushroom farm west of the Mississippi River until it ceased operations in 1953. The company produced Savery Savory brand mushrooms. All that remains is the water tower which was restored by the city and is a Westminster historic landmark. Learn more about the Savery Savory Mushroom Tower.
Rehabilitation work on the farm site started in February 2012, and included redistributing over 16,000 cubic yards of soil to create more natural-appearing hills; adding trails, signage and a small trailhead parking area; and revegetating the site with native grasses. The city worked hard to secure additional grant funding from Adams County Open Space to make this restoration project possible.
Photo: Courtesy Mike Smith
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