Existing Conditions Report
The existing conditions report culminates the first phase of the 2017 Game Plan Update for Denver Parks & Recreation. Its purpose is to document the existing state of the system as a whole in order to uncover the key issues that the Game Plan should address. Read the report.
In a city as active and outdoor-oriented as Denver, our great parks system is essential to our quality of life. In 2003, the community envisioned the future of its park system and created the Game Plan, which emphasized the vision of “a city in a park” and a set of core values: the environment, engagement, equity and sound economics. The plan kept us focused on providing quality recreational amenities citywide, especially in the neighborhoods that needed them most.
Now it’s time to update the plan for the next 20 years. Your input can help define new parks and recreation centers, relevant programs, and how existing assets are maintained and enhanced in the face of financial constraints, climate change, shifting demographics and increased visitor usage.
The Game Plan’s previous emphasis on the vision of “a city in a park” and the core values of environment, engagement, equity and sound economics influenced how Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) invested in park and recreational amenities throughout the city. These core values will provide a foundation as we look to the community to update the Game Plan.
Below are some of the Game Plan goals that have been accomplished since it was adopted in 2003:
Increased parkland & recreation centers
Increased Denver’s tree canopy
Reduced water used in park irrigation
Improved pedestrian and bike connectivity
Responded to evolving recreational needs
Protected and Enhanced Natural Areas & Healthy Waterways
Revitalized and Protect Mountain Parks
Protected, preserved and rehabilitated historic parks, parkways and structures
Denver has experienced considerable growth since 2003. Because of these changes, it’s time to think about the continued evolution of our park and recreation system, taking into account the city’s population growth, changing recreational needs, natural resource conflicts and opportunities, as well as sustainability and resilience in the face of climate change. We invite you to help us update the Game Plan, and build the framework for future DPR investments and policy.
Great parks systems are the result of intentional planning, engaged community members, and public investments that inspire creativity, social gatherings, and the enjoyment of the environment.
Through community involvement, the Game Plan will help Denver Parks and Recreation identify and address key issues, opportunities and challenges; specifically as it relates to limited finances, changing demographics, climate change realities and pressures from increased visitor usage.
Your input can help define:
These important issues and others will be discussed during the Game Plan planning process. Join us!
|Florence Navarro, co-chair||Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board|
|Darrell Watson, co-chair||Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Past President|
|Sharon Alton||Downtown Denver Partnership|
|Jay April||Denver Golf Advisory Board|
|Mark Bailey||The Park People|
|Erin Brown||Denver Office of Children’s Affairs|
|Rebecca Born||Northeast Neighborhood Area Resident (Park Hill)|
|Brad Cameron||INC (Parks and Recreation Committee)|
|Councilman Jolon Clark||Denver Council District 7|
|Fran Coleman||Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board|
|Noel Copeland||Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board|
|Tracy Davis||Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee|
|Chris Frampton||East West Partners|
|Julie George||Southeast Neighborhood Area Resident (Southmoor)|
|Anthony Graves||Mayor’s Office Director of Regional Affairs|
|Michael Guiietz||Northwest Neighborhood Area Resident (Jefferson Park)|
|Jennifer Hale||Southwest Neighborhood Area Resident (Harvey Park)|
|Karen Higel||Denver Public Schools Athletics|
|Fabby Hillyard||Mountain Parks Foundation|
|Mike Hughes||Central Neighborhood Area Resident (Hilltop)|
|Cindy Johnstone||INC (Parks and Recreation Committee)|
|Michael Leccese||Urban Land Institute|
|Sonrisa Lucero||Denver Office of Sustainability|
|Jeremy Matsen||Denver Department of Finance|
|Jackie Miller||Great Outdoors Colorado|
|Jennifer Moreland||Denver Public Health|
|John Noble||Far Northeast Neighborhood Area Resident (Montbello)|
|Councilwoman Deborah “Debbie” Ortega||Denver Council At-large|
|Erik Ortiz||Colorado Health Foundation|
|Jason Robinson||Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board|
|Kendra Sandoval||Historic Denver|
|Catherine Dockery||Denver Commission on Aging|
|Ken Schroeppel||University of Colorado Denver|
|Rachel Steele||The Greenway Foundation|
|Regan Suhay||Boys & Girls Club Metro Denver|
|Myles Tangalin||Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee|
|Jamie Torres||West Central Neighborhood Area Resident (Villa Park)|
|Tim Wohlgenant||Trust for Public Lands|
Public Open Houses: March 21-23, 2017
Task Force Meeting 4: March 23, 2017