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Heron Pond, Heller & Northside Open Space Master Plan

Open space land surrounding Heron Pond

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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Community input will guide the master plan priorities. The project's initial goals and desired outcomes include:

  • Provide residents with connections to the site’s natural areas and recreational amenities.
  • Create opportunities for urban youth to participate in environmental education.
  • Improve river ecosystem health through habitat restoration and innovative water systems.
  • Enhance visibility and connections between Heron Pond and embankments along the South Platte River.
  • Provide opportunities for residents to share the history of Heron Pond, Heller Open Space, Northside Park and the South Platte River.
  • Engage the communities to unify the various areas within the site into one open space vision that addresses the desires of the community.
  • Leverage/complement adjacent redevelopment.
  • Position the plan for resourceful and strategically phased implementation and identify early improvements. 

Public Meeting 2

Date: Wednesday, July 19
Time: 530-7:00PM
Location: Garden Place Elementary School | 4425 Lincoln Street Denver, CO 80216

Come join us at this upcoming public meeting and get involved in the master plan project! Visit the Facebook Event here.

Refreshments and child care will be provided. Spanish language translation services will be provided. A sign language interpreter or CART will be provided upon request. Three business days’ notice is

requested. Contact For any other public accommodation requests/concerns,

If you are unable to attend the public meeting, please go to for more information and to sign up for email notifications.

Public Meeting 1

Date: Wednesday, February 22
Time: 5:30PM—­7:00PM
Location: Garden Place Elementary School Gymnasium | 4425 Lincoln Street Denver, CO 80216

Community Picnic

Date: Saturday, May 13
Time: 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Location: Northside Park


public outreach timeline illustration

Heron Pond Master Plan Boundary

plan boundaries map including heller open space, northside park, and heron pond

Steering Committee

Meeting 1: 1/17/2017
notes (PDF)

Meeting 2: 2/16/2017
notes (PDF)

Meeting 3: 4/20/2017
notes (PDF)

Meeting 4: 5/23/2017
notes (PDF)


Public Meetings

Meeting 1: February 22, 2017
notes | community feedback

Project Status: Community Outreach

Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) and the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC) will host several public meetings and online surveys to gather feedback from the community on project priorities. 

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Project Contacts

Cinceré Eades, Project Manager
Denver Parks and Recreation

Todd Wenskoski, Deputy Director
North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative

Celia Vanderloop, Environmental Projects Manager
North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative

Sarah Anderson, Water Quality Program
Public Works