Central Denver Recreation Center


Mayor Michael B. Hancock, joined by Denver City Councilwoman Jeanne Robb (Dist. 10) and Councilman Albus Brooks (Dist. 8), announced that the design and construction of the highly anticipated Central Denver Recreation Center will move forward. The estimated 60,000 sq. ft. center will be located at Colfax Avenue and Josephine Street in Council District 8. Learn more...

Project details

As we continue through the design and construction process of the new Central Denver Recreation Center, we will maintain an open line of communication and look forward to on-going feedback from the public on any aspect of the project. Just send an email with your comments, questions or ideas! We will continue to update our list of Frequently Asked Questions to keep you informed.

Public meetings are a great way to understand many aspects of the process of this project, in addition to staying up to date as we continue moving forward. These meetings are open to everyone and we strongly encourage and welcome your attendance. Any upcoming meetings will be highlighed in the "Upcoming Events" box at the top right of the page. 

Review the list of public meetings and presentations and/or notes for each.


Share your Ideas through our CDRC Email!

In addition to public meetings, we offer another avenue to continue open communication throughout this process. If you have ideas, comments, concerns or additional feedback you would like to share, just send us an email at CDRC@denvergov.org. A Denver Parks & Recreation staff member will respond to you if requested, or ensure to share your comments with our project management team. 

Stakeholders for the Central Denver Recreation Center serve as a sounding board throughout the process of the project. Each member was appointed by a Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) within a two-mile radius of the new recreation center site. The stakeholder committe is comprised of representatives from the Bluebird Business District, the Colfax Business Improvement District, Denver Public Schools, real estate and development professionals in the surrounding neighborhood, along with Councilwoman Jeanne Robb and Councilman Albus Brooks.

2005
•  Denver recreation center needs assessment conducted

2006
•  Denver recreation center needs assessment results presented

2007
•  Denver voters passed the Better Denver Bond program in which $11 million dollars
    was appropriated for planning, design and land acquisition (not construction)


2008
•  Site selection study completed

2009
•  Land Acquisition: Church in the City parcel acquired (2.6 acres)
•  Land Acquisition: negotiations to purchase “Sun Mart” stalled (0.3 acres)
•  Public Meeting: September 15  |  Site Selection Process - Presentation

2013
•  Land Acquisition: negotiations with “Sun Mart” restarted
•  Public Meeting: June 27  |  Community Update - Presentation

2014
•  Press Briefing: January 13 (Mayor Hancock announces the project plan)
•  Public Meeting: March 5  | Recreation Center Trends - Presentation
•  Public Survey: April 1 - Ongoing (facility features and services)  |  Take the Survey
•  Public Meeting: June 3 |  Survey Results and Public Input - Presentation

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