On Saturday, May 18, the City of Lone Tree, in partnership with RidgeGate and South Metro Denver Chamber, celebrated the official opening of the highly anticipated Southeast Rail Line Extension (SERE), which kicked off service to three new light rail stations, with Station Sensation. The festival, which took place at the Sky Ridge Light Rail Station, attracted over 300 people.
“Saturday was the celebration of a project that started more than 20 years ago with an inspired vision for the future,” said Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet. “It became a reality thanks to the strong partnership and collaboration with local jurisdictions, developers, business community and RTD.”
The lively street festival was a full day of activities and entertainment that included dancers, music, art, carnival games, performances and food trucks. Guests had the chance to compete in a watermelon eating contest, face painting, a climbing wall and watch live music, stilt walkers and magicians. A variety of local leaders and dignitaries were on-site during the event to discuss how this milestone will impact the City of Lone Tree, further economic development and make RidgeGate the most connected community in the metro area
“Transportation and economic development go hand in hand. This extension and the three new light rail stations will enhance end-of-line conditions for commuters, support 500 acres of mixed-use development and be a catalyst for new employment and economic development opportunities in Denver’s South Region,” Keith Simon, VP of Development for RidgeGate. “The Southeast Rail Extension is a symbol of progress and expansion for our region. It affords a unique opportunity to support this world-class region as it attracts high-caliber businesses and encourages smart development.”
RTD’s Southeast Rail Extension brings three new light rail stations - Sky Ridge Station, City Center Station adn RidgeGate Station - to Lone Tree with 2.3 more miles of track and 1,300 new parking spaces at the end-of-line RidgeGate Parkway station.