Denver Parks and Recreation broke ground on the new Cuatro Vientos/Four Winds Park on the corner of Alameda Ave. and Newton St. in the Westwood neighborhood today. A vacant lot for many years, this new $2.3 million dollar investment is expected to be open to the public in early summer 2014.
“This is a significant investment in the Westwood neighborhood,” said District 3 Councilman Paul López. “I’m proud to have partnered with the City on this project, transforming an old eye sore into a beautiful community park.”
Thanks to funding partner Great Outdoors Colorado, a Community Block Grant from The Denver Office of Economic Development and Denver Parks and Recreation construction will begin on this park before the end of 2013. This community investment includes a new playground area, a water play feature, a shaded shelter and picnic area, turf playing fields and a concrete walking trail.
“This is the first new park to be built in Westwood in over 30 years,” said Lauri Dannemiller Manager of Denver Parks and Recreation. “Today’s ground breaking marks what will be a great addition to the Denver Parks and Recreation system.”
Currently Westwood neighborhood has only 1.2 acres of park and open space per 1,000 people. This number falls very short of the standards set in the Parks Game Plan for Denver; 10 acres of recreational open space for every 1,000 residents. Knowing this, Denver Parks staff is always looking for creative opportunities to acquire land to add more public open space to the City and County of Denver.