Park & Facility Projects

With the responsibility for keeping the parks and facilities of in the best condition for visitor use, the Department must continually maintain, upgrade, and replace its park landscape and facility improvements. At any given time, there are dozens of park design and construction projects in progress to maintain, improve, and expand the park system. The Capital Projects staff consists of skilled project managers that assemble design teams, prepare design and construction documents, competitively bid and oversee the site construction process.

Planning and Construction Projects

In 2007, Denver voters passed the Better Denver Bond program in which $11 million dollars was appropriated for land acquisition and design services for the Central Denver Recreation Center. After a year of research on various sites in the area, the location selected for the new recreation center was Colfax Avenue and Josephine Street. Learn more...

PORT Architecture + Urbanism/Indie Architecture developed the “City Loop” concept. The City will now work to put a contract in place with the PORT/Indie team and begin organizing a broad stakeholder group to move the project forward.

See original concept here.

Design Competition History

Genesee Park Improvement Plan

The City and County of Denver Parks and Recreation Department is developing an implementation plan for the Genesee Park and Katherine L. Craig Mountain Park properties. The purpose of this plan is to define appropriate uses for these properties, which will be based on a natural resource and facilities assessment, interviews with stakeholders and other efforts to understand visitor needs. The result will be an integrated trails and park improvements plan, which will include sustainable strategies for long term management of natural resources and visitor use.

The plan is intended to create an overall vision for the future of recreation and preservation for the Genesee Park and Katherine L. Craig Tract properties. Furthermore, this plan will identify standards, prioritize projects, and refine strategies for implementing and monitoring this vision.

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the creation of the Mountain Park system, and Genesee Park was the first park established in the system. It is fitting to unveil a new park plan for Genesee, as well as the Katherine L. Craig Tract, on the year of this notable anniversary.

Final Plan

Hentzell Park is designated a natural area due to its native vegetation, wildlife habitat and community connections.

The Denver Real Estate Office and Denver Public Schools (DPS) are currently negotiating a proposed land swap that includes 11.5 acres of land located near E. Girard and S. Havana St. Two and a half acres are in the City’s real estate portfolio and the difference of nine acres is located in the Hampden Heights Open Space (Hentzell Natural Area) which is part of Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR). The 11.5 acres will be traded for a 40,000 sq. ft. office at 1330 Fox St.. This is intended to be the future site of the City’s Domestic Violence Center which has been a high priority for Mayor Michael B. Hancock since his election in 2011. In turn, Denver Public Schools will turn the 11.5 acre parcel into a new Southeast school, funded through the school bond which was passed in the November election.

The land swap contract was approved at Denver City Council on April 1, 2013.

The RVIP overview encompasses all of the recommendations from the 2008 River North Greenway Master Plan (RINO) and the 2009 River South Greenway Master Plan (RISO) into a series of prioritized short term, mid term and long term projects.

-Part 1    - Part 2

Confluence Park
   -Community Input
   -Plans and Sketches
   -Park Use Areas

Grant Frontier Park
   -Rendering 1
   -Rendering 2

Sun Valley Community Park
   -Master Plan (Plan View)

   -News Release, 1/19/2012

River North Park Master Planning
Creating a community with a focus on the South Platte River is a unique opportunity in northern Denver.  The concept design for the River North Park is an opportunity to showcase this unique part of Denver and create a recreational focal point for this area.  This park and associated improvements are a critical entry point to the South Platte River Greenway. 

Comments and questions on this planning effort may be directed to David Marquardt, Denver Parks Planning, Design & Construction at

See September 15, 2011 Presentation here.
See November 15, 2011 Presentation here.

The Ruby Hill Master Plan Phase II will be a two part project. The first part will be to develop a 60% plan set for the entire park. The scope of Part 1 will include pedestrian circulation, multi-use path circulation, vehicle circulation and parking for large events, and the addition of an outdoor amphitheater within the park. The scope of Part 2 concentrates on the implementation of the master plan for the upper area and will include the playground partially completed in Phase I, an outdoor activities area with volleyball and basketball courts, a skate skills area, and a new spray pad. Further improvements to the paths and connections to the proposed trails system through the entire park are also part of this scope. Construction will begin in January of 2014. 

Phase II Concept Plans 

Ruby Hill Bike Park Concepts


View the comprehensive list of projects in different stages of the planning process.

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