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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:

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View trail detour and park construction information.

Current Planning & Projects

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.

study area map, south platte river, weir gulch and harvard gulch

Take the latest survey on final park concepts [CLOSED 4/12/18]


2018 Public Meeting Series

Join Denver Parks & Recreation for a series of public meetings to discuss the future FAIRFAX NEIGHBORHOOD PARK. The Park will be located between on Fairfax Street between East 28th Avenue and East 29th Avenue. Four unique meetings are scheduled to establish a vision and concept for the park that reflects community desires and the unique character of Park Hill.

Your engagement in this process is important! Please plan to join us at Stedman Elementary School (2940 Dexter Street) on the following dates:

  1. Thursday, February 22 @ 5:30PM
    • Meeting purpose: Identify experiences the park should provide the Park Hill Community
    • View meeting minutes (PDF)
  2. Tuesday, March 13 @ 5:30PM
  3. Tuesday, April 3 @ 5:30PM
  4. Tuesday, April 17 @ 5:30PM
    • Meeting purpose: Discuss park concepts and site options

View the Frequently Asked Questions sheet. (also listed below)

To request Spanish language interpretation, please email A sign language interpreter or CART will be provided upon request. Three (3) business days notice is requested.

Contact For any other public accommodation requests/concerns contact


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the status of the land swap?
DPR purchased the Xcel parcel but did not have funding for park design and construction. There was an offer made by the developer to accelerate the park design and construction process by including the park as part of the development. The impetus for conversations with the develop was a lack of secured funding for DPR to design and build the park in the immediate future. DPR acknowledges that it was an error to co-develop a concept for the park with the developer without initiating a public process. 

There is currently no deal regarding a land swap. There is a proposal. DPR will make a recommendation after this process is complete.


Q: How quickly would DPR be able to build the park without outside funds?
The park would be placed on DPR’s list of capital improvement projects. Projects typically remain as a request on the list for several years until funding is secured. It is anticipated to take 2-4 years to secure funding.


Q: There is concern among long-time residents that this park is primarily for people who will reside in the new development. Will the park be open to the public?
This will be a public park accessible to all. DPR has no private parks. When the park is established (fully constructed and warranty periods have concluded), it will be designated as a park. This designation ensures it is protected as a park and open to the public.


Q: The community initiated a park visioning/design process in the fall. What will happen to this work/feedback received?
DPR appreciates the time and effort the community dedicated to facilitating these discussions and initial concepts for the park. Through conversations with community members and attendance at your meetings, we fully understand how important it is to work closely with the community to ensure that this park reflects the neighborhood character and activities that you desire.  

DPR is not starting this process from scratch and this work will be incorporated into the DPR-led public process. We will build upon the feedback received and concepts developed through your community-led process to establish a vision and design for the park that reflects community desires and the unique character of Park Hill.


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.  

Learn more about this project.

Re-Imagine Play

Read the groundbreaking press release.

February 7, 2018 update: A majority of the walls and grading are complete, and sidewalks are being placed. Construction on the slide begins next week (2/12/18) and play equipment is scheduled to be installed mid-March through April. 

Phase 1 Renderings
Aerial Concept Rendering
Site Plan
Mic Tower
Play Structure

Phase 2 & 3 Renderings
Community plaza
Performance stage & music bowl
Recreation area & activity kiosk


Public Outreach

July 29, 2014 Community Meeting
Presentation - English
Presentation - Spanish

October 5, 2014
Community Event

November 12 & 15, 2014
Community Meeting
Presentation (English & Spanish)

March 17, 2015
Community Meeting Presentation

In identifying Paco Sanchez Park in West Denver as the prime location for the re-imagine play project, DPR considered a number of factors, including:

  • Park with pre-existing playground equipment in need of repair or replacement 
  • Park big enough for a large play area that's also in an under-served area of the city in terms of green space and park amenities
  • Location that is accessible through multi-modal transit options
  • Park that's located near an already existing recreation center
  • Location in an area of the city where childhood obesity rates are a growing issue

Original buildings: Statement of Interest

On June 22, 2017 a public meeting was held to discuss the potential re-use of the two existing buildings on the River North Park site. The process to identify funding and  potential partnerships for programming the buildings is underway.

Meeting Summary | Building Analysis | Statement of Interest


River North (RiNo) Promenade

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.

Public Meeting 1: October 25, 2016
Presentation | Meeting Boards

Public Meeting 2: January 11, 2017
Presentation | Meeting Boards

Public Meeting 3: June 22, 2017
meeting summary | building analysis


River North (RiNo) Park

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

Public Meeting 3, Preferred alternatives: December 3, 2015
Presentation | Site plan, Interstate building, Makers Plaza 1, Makers Plaza 2

For questions, please email Sloane Nystrom, Denver Parks/NDCC Project Manager, at


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. 

September 2011 Master Plan Presentation
November 2011 Master Plan Presentation

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


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.

Loop Road Modifications 

Learn more about this project | View the FAQ (PDF)

View the final loop road safety recommendations (PDF)

February 2018 Six Month Safety Review:
At the beginning of January 2018, Denver Parks & Recreation conducted an internal meeting to review the Washington Park Loop Road Safety Improvements project six months since completion. Download the review document to view conclusions and recommendations. (PDF)

Denver Parks and Recreation will continue to assess and review the loop road configuration in the 2018 season to ensure that it is working for all modes of travel. As always, staff welcomes observations and constructive feedback from the public on how their visitor experience can be improved. Please email or call (720) 913-1311 to provide additional comments on the loop road.



Diagonal Road Playground Improvements


Duration: January - June 2018
The playground located at the end of the diagonal road (east of Tennessee & Downing) is being replaced.  The construction period is expected to last until June 2018, unless severe weather causes delays.  The playground will be closed throughout construction.  Visitors are encouraged to use the north playground adjacent to Smith Lake and the Boat House.

Concept Plan (PDF): January 2017

Advisory Committee Meeting: November 13, 2015

Public Meeting 1: November 17, 2015
Presentation | Minutes

Public Meeting 2: March 3, 2016
Presentation | Minutes



Construction on Westwood Park will begin mid-January and is anticipated to be complete later this year in summer/early fall 2018.

Download the sign posted on-site that includes a diagram of the upgrades that will be made to the park.

This project is partnership with The Trust for Public Land, Healthy Places and Westwood Unidos. Thank you for your support!


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.

Existing conditions
Concept drafts

Public Meeting: July 25, 2015

For questions or comments please contact Project Manager, Owen Snell.

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