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A Master Plan for 80 Acres of Open Space in North Denver

Public Meeting, Dec. 13, 5:30pm, Laradon Hall, 5100 Lincoln St.

Following a one year public process, a master plan for the 80 acres of open space combining Heron Pond, Heller Open Space, and Carpio-Sanguinette Park (formerly Northside Park) will be shared at a public meeting on December 13th, 5:30pm at Laradon Hall in Globeville (5100 Lincoln St).

The 80-acre master plan includes: a new playground, an overlook at the S. Platte River, a picnic area, permanent bathrooms, a pavilion for community gatherings, a tree-shaded Alameda (promenade) that doubles as event space, an amphitheater, an athletic field, a trail system, a variety of wildlife observation platforms and nature overlooks, a bird blind, improved lighting, and better parking. 

The reimagined 80 acres in north Denver will provide a rich natural resource for the region, support the overall health of the community, and coordinate with ongoing community improvement projects including Washington Street and the new National Western Center. The park plan includes increased wildlife habitat, a stormwater management feature, as well as recreational and natural resource improvements.  Through phased construction and rehabilitation, the park will be an attractive, safe, and healthy amenity for the local community and the metro area.

The Heron Pond/Heller Open Space/Carpio-Sanguinette Park Master Plan is a joint effort by the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC). The plan unifies three City properties – Heron Pond, Heller Open Space, and the newly renamed Carpio-Sanguinette Park (formerly Northside Park).  The Heron Pond portion of the site is overseen by the Denver Department of Public Works, and the master plan must meet their stormwater requirements.  The Environmental Protection Agency awarded DPR a Small Urban Waters Grant to support the development of this master plan.

Local and regional stakeholders helped guide the planning and public outreach process. Neighborhood representatives, parents from nearby schools, community leaders, members of the business community, and representatives from conservation groups and entities associated with the National Western Center made up a steering committee that helped guide the broader public process, which included three public meetings and two weekend events in the park.

The park master plan is grounded in goals and values developed by the community through the community process.  These include:

• Provide residents with connections to the park’s natural areas and recreational amenities.

• Create opportunities for urban youth to participate in environmental education.

• Improve river ecosystem health through habitat restoration and innovative water systems.

• Enhance visibility and connections between Heron Pond and the South Platte River.

• Share the history of Heron Pond, Heller Open Space, Carpio-Sanguinette Park, and the South Platte River.

•Unify the areas within the park into one open space vision.

• Leverage/complement adjacent redevelopment.

• Position the master plan for phased implementation and identify early improvements.

 The final Master Plan map and report will be available online on the project website at denvergov.org/heronpond