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.
Through community input, stakeholder feedback and pilot programs, the plan asseses current and future land use and helps determine the department's priorities for:
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.
The free weekly activities at Commons Park have come to an end for the 2017 season. Whether you participated in these activities or just have thoughts on what was offered, this survey is for you! Let us know what you thought by taking our survey here. This survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete and will help decide which activities might be available in the future. We look forward to your feedback!
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
Public Meeting 2: October 13, 2015
Public Meeting 3: January 26, 2016
Read the plan now: download the PDF
This temporary pilot is now over. Please check back for updates on future pop-up parks!