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.
View the comprehensive list of projects in different stages of the planning process:
The Denver Urban Waterways Restoration Study
is a project to identify restorative improvements to three major urban waterways (Harvard Gulch, Weir Gulch, and the South Platte River from 6th to 58th Avenues) in the City and County of Denver: sponsored by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD), City and County of Denver (CCD), and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB). Learn more.
Construction on the Dunham Park is scheduled to start as early as Monday, April 17. Work will include replacing playground equipment and surfacing, and adding sidewalk connections along the basketball court.
Public Meeting 1: Sept. 17, 2016
Public Meeting 2: Wednesday, October 26
Master plan concept meeting boards:
For more information, please contact ADRIENNE BURTON | East Parks Planner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ames Construction will be starting construction activities for the Globeville Landing Project Phase 1A in mid-late December. Phase 1A includes the construction of all drainage infrastructure. This phase of the project is expected to be complete in Spring 2018. This phase of construction will be followed by the construction needed for the park amenities (Phase 1B), which is expected to be complete in Fall of 2018.
The first construction activities will include fencing of the construction site which will limit access in the Globeville Landing Park as well as reduce parking in the Coliseum parking lot.
Denver Parks and Recreation is in the process of planning improvements to Mestizo-Curtis Park. These improvements will follow the investment made by The Trust for Public Land in the recently renovated playground.
Public Meeting #1: February 11, 2016 | Meeting Boards
Public Meeting #2: April 12, 2016 | Final Concepts
The proposed promenade will run between 29th and 38th Streets and can serve as a linear park for the neighborhood providing a place for leisure, outdoor recreation, connection to the river, and flexible festival space.
River North Park will sit along the Promenade at 35th Street.
Public Meeting 1, Visioning: August 13, 2015
Public Meeting 2, Concept design: October 15, 2015
Contact Brian Wethington, DPR Project Manager, with questions.
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.
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.
Sun Valley Community Park
-Master Plan (Plan View)
-News Release, 1/19/2012
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
Public Meeting 2: September 27, 2016
Denver Parks and Recreation will begin restoration and repair of the southern portion of Sullivan Gateway beginning Monday, April 18 as part of a multi-phased enhancement to the City Park Esplanade.
Sullivan Gateway, built in 1917, marks the south entry of the City Park Esplanade, part of the City Beautiful Parkway Historic District. The restoration of the terracotta walls and lion-head fountains begins the restoration of an important architectural feature of the City Park Esplanade.
The first phase implementation includes refurbishing both the east and west lion head fountains to include new mechanical and electrical work for operation and rehabilitation of the historical terracotta wall adjacent to the fountains. Future phases will include the restoration of the remaining terracotta crescent walls on both the east and west side and associated landscape improvements to the area.
The work area site will be fenced off early next week with project completion anticipated by fall of this year.
The Sullivan Gateway Phase 1 project work was paid for in part by a $200K History Colorado – State Historical Fund Grant and Denver Parks and Recreation Capital Improvement Fund.
For more information about this project, contact email@example.com.
In the early 20th century, the national “City Beautiful” movement, inspired by Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair, aimed to elevate the human spirit by making communities aesthetically attractive by building parks, planting greenery, adding sidewalks and paving streets. Denver Mayor Robert Speer, elected in 1904, was an enthusiastic supporter of the City Beautiful movement, and he became the driving force behind the creation of Civic Center and other areas identified for Denver’s City Beautiful master plan. After the turn-of-the-century, the park benefitted from the city’s investment in the City Beautiful concept. The park was linked, as originally envisioned, to a wider system of parks using parkways and grand boulevards. During this period, monumental sculpture was also introduced, consistent with City Beautiful philosophy, including the McLellan Gateway, the Sopris Gateway, the Monti Gateway, the Sullivan Gateway, and the Thatcher Memorial Fountain, which mark park entrances.
Denver Parks & Recreation Department, in partnership with The Trust For Public Land, Healthy Places and Westwood Unidos, is in the process of conceptual planning of Westwood Park in preparation for replacing the existing playground, walks and adding new fitness equipment.
A public outreach and input process is underway with design expected to be complete by the end of 2015. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in spring 2016.
For questions or comments please contact Project Manager, Owen Snell.