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THE OUTDOOR DOWNTOWN

Commons Park Activities

As part of The Outdoor Downtown's goal to create vibrant outdoor spaces in Denver's urban core, free programming is brought to Commons Park during the summer months in partnership with the Riverfront Park Neighborhood Association. 

Register for art classes now!

Come and enjoy the outdoors while learning a few drawing techniques such as fast sketches, washes, blending, color, composition and more. Please bring a portable chair, such as a lawn chair, water to drink, and sunscreen. 

Free class for a maximum of 8 people, registration required. Teacher: Heather Williams. Meet in the park near the intersection of Little Raven and Bassett Circle.

Fri. June 8: 6-8pm

Fri. June 15: 6-8pm

Mon. June 18: 1-3pm

Fri. June 22: 6-8pm

Mon. June 25: 1-3pm

Mon. July: 2 1-3pm

Fri. July 6: 6-8pm

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Register for art classes now!

Download the printable Arts & Culture schedule  (PDF)

The Commons Park Concert Series is presented by Swallow Hill Music and the Riverfront Park Neighborhood Assocition with the goal of bringing a variety of quality performances to the community.

Concerts take place on "the hill" in Commons Park.

June 3 | Blue Canyon Boys

June 17 | Grown Ass Man Band

July 1 | The Currys

July 15 | Alan Bibey and Grasstowne

August 5 | Half Pint & The Growlers (Gypsy Jazz!)

August 19 | Magnolia Mama

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Download the printable Arts & Culture schedule  (PDF)

Free Weekly Activities: June 4 - Sept. 1, 2018

Meet instructors @ the art sculpture in center of the park's Central Lawn (flyer with map linked below)

Meditation | Tuesdays | 8:15-9:00AM

Lean how to focus the mind using a variety of techniques, including moving meditation, guided visualization and deep breathing to reach a state of relaxation. 


Yoga
| Tuesdays & Thursdays | 5:30-6:30PM

Balance, strength and flexibility will improve with each pose in this meditative class.


Beginner Yoga | Wednesdays & Thursdays | 10-11:00AM

50+ approved class where you'll move through a variety of seated and standing exercises. Suitable for every fitness level.


Oula® | Wednesdays | 5:30-6:30PM

Dancemania for the soul! Rooted in cardiovascular endurance and movement, this high-energy. light-hearted and unique class will have you breaking a sweat!


Tai Chi | Thursdays | 9-10:00AM

Often called moving meditation, this class is a graceful form of exercise that helps reduce stress and improve overall health and well-being through stretching and gentle movement.


High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
| Saturdays 9-10:00AM

Join us for an enhanced form of interval training that alternates between short periods of intense anaerobic exercise and less intense recovery periods.


Walking Group
| Sundays | 9-10:00AM

Meet friends during a beautiful walk around the park. A fun, low-impact way to stay in shape! Groups are self-led. A half-mile and one-mile loop are recommended: download the map (PDF)

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Download the printable schedule (JPG)

Master Plan Background Information

Denver Parks & Recreation and the Downtown Denver Partnership are collaborating to create an innovative master plan for downtown Denver’s outdoor spaces.  The 20-year plan will focus on enhancing quality of life in the downtown area through investment in parks and public spaces.

These outdoor spaces will create a vibrant, sustainable downtown that supports a growing city and economy.

The master plan will serve as a supplement to the 2007 Downtown Area Plan and Denver Parks & Recreation Game Plan.

Through community input, stakeholder feedback and pilot programs, the plan asseses current and future land use and helps determine the department's priorities for:

  • recreational needs
  • programming & partnership opportunities
  • necessary policies
  • operations & management
  • financing future assets & acquisitions
  • implementation strategy

Why now?

This is a defining decade in the history and development of Downtown Denver. The city is experiencing unprecedented economic and population growth. Nearly 20,000 people call Downtown Denver home – a 279% increase since 2000. That number is expected to grow to more than 22,000 residents by 2020 according to the May 2016 State of Downtown report. In 2016, we saw the construction of 1.6 million square feet of new office space, with an additional 1.1 million square feet planned for development.

Traditionally, metropolitan areas have sought to meet a baseline standard of 10 acres of parks land for every 1,000 residents. Currently, Denver's downtown area has only 5.7 acres of park space per 1,000 residents, well below typical national standards and continually dropping as new development occurs.

Urban areas often struggle to meet this standard due to space constraints, steep costs for land acquisition and rising population growth. City planners are now focusing on access to quality space over quantity, with a goal of all residents living within 3 walking minutes to quality outdoor space and 5 walking minutes to a neighborhood park.

Public outreach began in 2014 and continued through early 2016. Park planners and other city staff attended many public events such as Meet in the Streets, Civic Center EATS, and other festivals in the downtown area. 

Meet in the Streets Gehl report

Roundtable Discussion: November 17, 2014
Key themes

Public Meeting 1: December 9, 2014
145 participants
presentation | summary | boards | existing spaces

Public Meeting 2: October 13, 2015
117 participants
presentation

Public Meeting 3: January 26, 2016
85 participants
presentation

 

October 2017: Read the final plan for The Outdoor Downtown (PDF)

 

If you are unable to access this plan document, please send an email to parksandrecreation@denvergov.org.

If you are unable to access any of the documents linked on this page, please submit a comment in the "Contact Us" box to the right and someone will be in touch with you.

 
News, Events & Resources

Final master plan now available!

October 3, 2017: Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City Officials, Downtown Denver Partnership and Community Partners Celebrate The Outdoor Downtown Plan

Read the plan now: download the PDF

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Off-Leash Dog Area @ Speer Blvd. Park

This temporary pilot is now over. Please check back for updates on future pop-up parks!

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Other Downtown Projects & Events

Events & Activities at Skyline Park
(Downtown Denver Partnership)

The Square on 21st
(Summer 2017 partnership with Denver CPD & DDP)

The Mall Experience
(Denver Community Planing & Development)

The Next Stage
(Denver Performing Art Complex)

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