Game Plan for a Healthy City

What is Game Plan?

Game Plan for a Healthy City is Denver Parks & Recreation’s vision for creating parks, gathering places, activities and more that are easily accessed, well-maintained and equitable in every neighborhood. The 20-year plan proclaims easy access to parks and open space as a basic right for all residents. Built from input from more than 6,000 residents, stakeholders, and staff members, Game Plan provides a roadmap for our parks, recreation programs, and urban forest to serve the needs of all Denver residents in the face of population growth and climate change.

DPR Mission & Vision

Vision Statement

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) will be the foundation for the environmental health of the city and physical health of its residents by wisely using resources to create dynamic and sustainable public spaces, innovative programs, and neighborhood connections that are a catalyst for community-building and high quality-of-life for all residents. 

Mission Statement

As stewards of a legacy park system, Denver Parks and Recreation is dedicated to customer service and enhancing the health of residents and the environment through innovative programs and safe, beautiful and sustainable places. 

Annual Reports

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) is excited to present our 2021 Annual Report on Game Plan for a Healthy City—our long-term plan to build a resilient and equitable park system that supports healthy people and a healthy environment.

After an unprecedented time of change and challenge, we were able to begin to find a sense of normalcy. Denver’s parks were used more than ever, supporting the health of the city as communities came together again. Events and celebrations returned to our parks, and activities returned to recreation centers as they gradually restored pre-pandemic hours of operation.   

Despite challenges and uncertainties our parks and recreation system continued to grow, becoming more equitable and resilient as progress on major projects and initiatives moved forward. These improvements are possible because of Denver residents and their willingness to invest in our city’s quality of life—thank you! 

Learn more in the 2021 Annual Report

A young girl with a helmet on her bicycle riding on the new pump track at City Park Playground

View the 2020 Game Plan Report

View the 2019 Game Plan Report

Project Highlights

In August 2020, we welcomed a new park to Five Points complete with green space and river access! Watch the virtual ribbon cutting event at Arkins Park with Mayor Hancock:


In September 2020, we revealed the new Paco Sanchez Park in West Denver! Watch this video to virtually experience the community-led design, including a new plaza and stage: 

In spring 2021, a renovation of Rude Ballfield was complete, bringing it to Tier 1 standards and providing a more accessible, equitable amenity in an underserved neighborhood. 

Guiding Principles

Game Plan projects are focused on adapting to the community’s needs, connecting people to each other through nature and culture, creating diverse spaces, supporting the growth of Denver’s community and fairly reinvesting funds. Learn more about the Game Plan's guiding principles below.

Find details on current park and facility projects and how to get involved.


Adapt to the changing climate and limited resources to maintain Denver Parks & Recreation spaces and services for generations.

Learn more about DPR's Resiliency efforts.


Protect the culture and nature that is uniquely Denver to ensure it’s accessible for generations to come.


Seek to create parks and recreation services that embrace Denver’s uniqueness through programming, outreach and communications.


Utilize existing and new resources for funding, partnerships and collaboration that is focused on equity throughout Denver.


Expand Denver Parks & Recreation to meet Denver’s growth and evolving community.


Download Denver's Game Plan for a Healthy City(PDF, 12MB)