Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC) are leading an effort with the surrounding communities to re-envision approximately 80 acres of city property and existing open space around Heron Pond to serve as a regional and local amenity. This community-driven effort will develop a plan for future recreation amenities and provide the opportunity for residents to engage with nature along river in the Globeville and Elyria/Swansea neighborhoods. The area will become a regional asset as one of the largest remaining open space areas along the South Platte River in Denver.
The Heron Pond Master Plan will shape ideas for how the property can:
- Improve wildlife habitat, community access and safety
- Enhance connections to the South Platte River corridor and surrounding neighborhoods
- Unify Heron Pond Natural Area, Heller Open Space, Northside Park, and adjacent city properties
Portions of the master plan area are located within the Asarco Globe Cleanup Site. The properties have been remediated to remove or contain the contamination. Denver’s Department of Environmental Health will participate in the master planning process to ensure recommendations build on the health and safely of the overall site conditions. Thoughtful development of the master plan will allow for an assortment of recreational opportunities and natural area experiences, while ensuring the environmental remediation’s integrity.
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