Last update 4/20/2011 6:32 pm
Will-O-Wisp (WOW) is a Covenant Controlled Community located off Highway 285 (near mile marker 228) in beautiful Bailey, Colorado. We are 1 mile past Pine Junction - Rt 285 & Rt 126 (Mt. Evans Blvd.) We are in the foothills at approx 8400 Ft above Sea Level.
A tight knit community of 116 homes, Will-O-Wisp offers an incredible way of life, both for the single and adventurous, as well as for families.
With numerous community recreational choices including over 200 acres of recreational space for riding and hiking, volleyball, catch-and-release fishing and ice skating. Adults and children of all ages enjoy what Will-O-Wisp has to offer!
Additionally, with an easy 30 minute commute (approx 24 miles) to metro Denver, Will-O-Wisp makes driving home feel like a vacation each and every day.
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For any questions about our local wildlife or to report wildlife in the area, contact:
District Wildlife Manager - Bailey
Dept. of Natural Resources
State of Colorado
Voice Mail (303) 291-7155
WOW Volunteer Program
We are looking for folks to help out around the neighborhood.
If you have any interest in the following areas, please contact Vickki at 303-859-1336.
areas of interest: pond maintenance, general open space maintenance, trash pick up, painting of rec building and equipment, event planning, give us a call if you have any additional comments or questions.
Water and Sewer Rate Increase
The WOW Board has voted to Increase the Monthly Water and Sewer Rate from $68 per month to $76 per month effective January 2011. This was approved at the December 2010 Board meeting. The Board has worked hard to keep expenses down and not increase rates, however expenses like the plant's electric bill, etc. have been increasing every year. Our Electric bill alone has gone from $12,500 per year to over $17,000 in 2010. We have seen similar increases in chemicals, sludge hauling, labor, legal, etc. This along with a decrease in other revenue, such as your Property Valuation which reduces the amount we receive via the Mill Levy, Specific Ownership fees which is the amount we receive from your car license tags, and the interest the District receives on it's reserves has resulted in the District having a shortfall this and next year. An Analysis of the past 5 years and our 2011 Budget is available under District Business.
Repair and Paving of Will-O-Wisp Roads - Update
The Roads are completed! Thanks to our Park County Commissioners, Road and Bridges and your WOW Road Committee, John Howell, Cindy Ermi, and Rick Angelica, who worked hard to get our roads done.
Please remember to Thank Your Elected County Commissioners and Dave Kintz at Road and Bridges:
Dick Hodges 719-836-4209
John Tighe 719-836-4210
Mark Dowaliby 719-836-4211
Park County Road and Bridges 303-838-5080
To keep the Roads in great Condition, Please read and pay special attention to your culverts and make sure they are clear and drain properly. For more Information Click Here
High Country Conservation Center
Platte Canyon Area Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Group
To learn more and attend the meeting, Click Here
A Green Community!
Will-O-Wisp is one of the few "Green Communities" in the mountains. Since the mid 80's, here is how we strive to make our environment better:
In the face of our consistent need for clean water amid changing environmental conditions, communities today are focusing on innovative conservation and purification technologies. Through our Waste Water Treatment Plant and our Water Conservation, Will-O-Wisp returns approx 95% of the water taken out of our wells, and returns it back into our environment.
Preventing sprawl saves larger streaches of land, which in turn preserves green space in a community. By increasing density, a community reduces the threat of traffic and human encroachment on local ecosystems. Will-O-Wisp has approximately 200 acres of open space, trails for walking, hiking, biking, along with fishing, ice skating, etc.
Will-O-Wisp encourges recycling, Mountain View Waste (303) 838-0560 provides recycling and trash collection for Will-O-Wisp. Also remember that all WOW residents that use Mountain View Waste weekly trash service are entitled to drop off two truck loads of trash per year for free at the Transfer Station on Rt 285. Just check-in at the office, and show your drivers license or proof of address.
Some additional information about Water:
Please check all of your faucets and toilets:
A dripping faucet wastes 24 Gallons of Water per Day!
A running toilet wastes 230 Gallons of Water per Day!
Fresh Water is Scarce
Most of the Earth's water is saltwater (97.5%) with much of the remaining freshwater frozen in polar ice or otherwise inaccessible to us. In fact, humans and all other life that requires freshwater must share less than 0.5% of the water on Earth. That's only about the size of this marble in comparison to the size of the Earth. Source: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
It takes approx 6 liters of water to make 1 liter of bottled water. Bottled water costs approx 1,000 times more then tap water, it takes about 72 billion gallons of water a year, worldwide just to make the empty bottles.
You may actually be drinking tap water
Dasani, a Coca-Cola product. Despite its exotic-sounding name, Dasani is simply purified tap water that’s had minerals added back in. For example, if your Dasani water was bottled at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Denver, you’re drinking Denver tap water. But that's not the only brand of water that relies on city pipes to provide its product. About 25 percent of all bottled water is taken from municipal water sources, including Pepsi’s Aquafina. The Will-O-Wisp Metro District has some of the best water in Colorado. We meet or exceed all State and Federal requirements for drinking water. Our water is constantly being tested for purity, etc. The latest Will-O-Wisp Metro District Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report can be found under District Business.
Our Recommendation: Fill your reusable water bottles with tap water.
What NOT to Flush!
Click Here for a list of items NOT to Flush down yor toilet. By following these rules, you help keep our treatment plant running efficiently and reduce your costs.
Energy rebates available April 19!
On April 19, 75,000 rebates from the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) will be launched for an estimated 22 million dollars in savings, a portion of which is earmarked for rural communities including Park County.
The launch will include a comprehensive GEO website and call center, as well as a local helpdesk sponsored by the High Country Conservation Center(HCCC), which is working with the GEO to advise communities on incentives.
Rebates for Energy Star appliances include clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, gas condensing furnaces, hot water heaters and gas boilers.
Residential energy efficiency rebates include insulation and air sealing, duct sealing, whole-house energy monitoring and whole-house energy audits.
For More Information Click Here
Noxious Weed Information
We have information regarding noxious weeds for you to review. These weeds are taking over many parts of Park County, and while some of them look like flowers, they are very destructive, displacing natural plants, driving away wildlife, increasing soil erosion, etc. Please review the information and if you have any of these in your yard, we would appreciate if you remove them. We are currently planning to do some spot spraying in the open space, but we would appreciate your help in reducing the number of weeds and also our costs. The Noxious Weeds in our communityNoxious Weeds Page 1 Noxious Weeds Page 2Noxious Weeds Page 3Noxious Weeds Page 4
This website has been designed to give our residents the most complete and up to date information about the community we all love, WOW! Our goal is to supply you with current news and events within our community as well as a place to network and get to know your neighbors. As we expand and grow the site, we'll be adding additional features. In the end, we hope to have a web site that compliments the wonderful place we live.
So have a look around, kick the tires and see what we have for you here on the Will-O-Wisp Community Portal web site. Please click the various banners & advertisers we have on the site.
Please visit 285Social.com - It is a community based social networking web site for residents and businesses along the 285 Corridor and the many local foothill communities of Colorado. FREE to join! Share photo's, videos, as well as start your own blog, post to the forum, even write articles. Hope to see you there!