Park & Facility Projects

At any given time, there are dozens of park planning, design and construction projects in progress to maintain, improve, and expand Denver's park system.  Check out the list below to see what's going on in your neighborhood, including upcoming public meetings and open surveys to provide feedback. 

Current Planning, Design & Outreach Projects

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Find more project details and get involved:

29th & Fairfax Park

Fairfax Park is complete and officially opened on August 26, 2021 with a community celebration!  

The preferred concept was developed with robust community engagement and guidance from neighborhood representatives serving as members of Stakeholder Design Committee.

Project History & Outreach

Meeting Summary(PDF, 4MB)  Preferred Concept Plan(PDF, 1MB)  Preferred Concept Sketches(PDF, 3MB)

View project background information and updates from the pre-planning outreach phase(PDF, 150KB)

FAQ(PDF, 46KB) as of May 2018

47th & Walden Park

Project Scope

This park planning project includes a master planning effort to collect a community vision for what park users would like to see in their future park.


The Master Planning process will include community and stakeholder outreach to help inform a park Master Plan with recommendations for community needs and park amenities and a preferred initial concept design by the Fall of 2021.


Community Meeting 1

Wednesday, February 17

Community Meeting 2

Wednesday, April 21 |  5:30 - 6:30PM

Community Meeting 3:

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 | 5:30PM – 6:30PM

Project Contact:
Mallory Roybal, East District Parks Planner



Arkins Promenade

Phase 1 of the Arkins Promenade will convert Arkins Court, from 35th to 38th Avenues, into a new linear park that provides pedestrian connectivity from Globeville Landing Park to Arkins Park along the South Platte River corridor. Improvements will include park amenities such as a river theater and an elevated walkway along the river, public art, a small play area, seating areas, shade and landscaping. The park is designed to reduce impervious paved surfaces and add landscape areas that clean stormwater before it reaches the River.

This project is largely funded by the Elevate Denver Bond Program approved by voters in 2017. Project partners include the Greenway Foundation, the RiNo Arts District and adjacent developments. Design was competed at the end of 2019. Construction is anticipated to begin in September 2020 with the permanent closure of Arkins Court, from 35th to 38th Avenues, at the end of August 2020, and be completed in the winter of 2021.

View the graphic representations of Arkins Promenade created by Wenk Associates:

Axton Ranch

On March 1, 2021, Denver City Council approved an agreement with Starr Peak Holdings, LLC to accept 450-acres of Axton Ranch in Jefferson and Gilpin Counties to the City and County of Denver’s Mountain Parks system. Axton Ranch will be the first acquisition of a new Mountain Park since the donation of James Q. Newton Park in Conifer in 1939. In addition to the 450 acres, the donation also includes a Right of First Offer on an adjacent 38-acres that the Axton Family is retaining.

Learn more about this project.

Bear Valley Tennis Courts (Elevate Denver Bond)

Update as of June 2020:

During environmental testing, small amounts of asbestos were found in the original court surfacing, which was removed in accordance with State and City Departments of Public Health and Environment protocols. This work has been completed and the entire tennis court has been removed.

The construction for the new tennis courts and pickleball courts has received the notice to proceed for construction, and construction will begin summer of 2020. The construction is anticipated to be completed spring of 2021.


Summer 2020: Construction Begins
Spring 2021: Construction Completed

Project Scope

As part of the Elevate Denver bond program, the tennis courts at Bear Valley Park are getting an upgrade along with lighting, site furnishings, sidewalks landscaping and irrigation.

While Elevate Denver funds are slated to cover the cost of the tennis court improvements, DPR was able to find additional funds to accomodate the community's request for pickleball. Four new picklball courts will be added to the tennis court area.

(PDF, 572KB)View the full site plan.(PDF, 2MB)

Bible Park Playground (Elevate Denver Bond)

Project Scope

James A. Bible Park is located in the Hampden neighborhood in Southeast Denver, off of East Yale Avenue and South Quebec Street. Bible Park is a 66.15-acre park, encompassing several biking and walking trails, including the Highline Canal trail, a portion of the Goldsmith Gulch, numerous ballfields, tennis courts, exercise stations and, notably, a playground that is in need of replacement to meet changing needs for play value and safety. The project includes concept design, design development and will conclude with the design being fully constructed for the park users to enjoy. The beginning phases of the project will identify opportunities for enlarging the playground to add capacity and enhance play value to complement the park and surrounding site context.

Community Outreach & Input Opportunities

Timeline and Funding

This project is funded for playground redesign and replacement and circulation improvements by the Elevate Denver Bond Program, along with additional Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funding from Denver Parks and Recreation. Conceptual Design for the playground will be completed in the fall of this year, with the design development slated for completion in spring of 2020, and construction to be completed in the fall of 2021.

Project Documents

Frequently Asked Questions(PDF, 274KB)

Project Timeline(PDF, 115KB)  

Playground concept, February 2020(PDF, 12MB)

Community Input Summary(PDF, 1MB)

Central & Greenway Park Playgrounds

Project Update:

Construction on playground improvements is delayed due to a variety of constraints in the 2021 construction schedule. Original schedules anticipated construction starting in winter of 2021 and completion by the summer of 2022. Construction now is expected to begin in early 2022, with completion by the end of next year.

View the Final Playground Concept Designs(PDF, 9MB)

Public Outreach Materials

April 2019: Concept Plan Feedback Surveys

Public Open House 2: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Download Central Park meeting boards(PDF, 4MB)   |  Download Greenway Park meeting boards(PDF, 3MB)

Winter 2018
Discovery Session 1: December 1, 2018
Download the Session Summary(PDF, 19MB)

Project Kickoff Survey: Closed 12/20/2018

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the scope of this project?
Central Park and Greenway Park playgrounds are in need of restoration and improvement. The new conceptual design will propose opportunities for redesign for both parks, issued in response to the growing Denver and Stapleton populations, material lifecycles, and the impacts that park users have had on the sites. The playgrounds have some existing play elements that are well suited for the sites and in good condition, while other items need redesign, new concept and function. The goal is to identify the need of restoration as well as recommend opportunities for adding capacity and enhancing play value that  will complement the existing facilities and site.

Location and Existing Conditions
Located within the 76.1 acre park, Central Park Playground is one of the most visited play areas in Northeast Denver.  Located off Martin Luther King Boulevard near Xenia Street, the playground encompasses an eclectic array of site elements including: poured in place play surface mounds, synthetic turf, site furnishings, sand play, a climbing wall and associated play equipment. The artificial rockwork with slide and misting area is also located within the 0.9 acre playground, and the entire area is surrounded by mature trees with a landscape character of native grass prairie and blue grass field open space. The Greenway Playground clusters, located by the picnic shelter, is suggested to include nature play elements that respond to the topography and lower areas that can accommodate occasional flooding that occurs in that area.

Timeline and Funding
Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) has allocated CIP funding for the Concept Design will include: Discovery, Outreach and Concept Design for both Stapleton Central Park and Greenway Playgrounds which is scheduled to be completed early Summer 2019. Funding is also available for construction documentation design and construction for the Central Park Playground Renovation only.

How Can I be Involved?
During winter of 2018, a survey and a discovery session occurred to understand what the community likes about the existing playground and what needs to be updated. This information will be compiled to use in developing concepts of the playgrounds. The next public meeting will be scheduled in mid-March to review results of public outreach and concept designs of both playgrounds. The dates of these events will be shared as soon as they are scheduled.

City Park

Nature Play | Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Help us shape the natural play experiences that will be created in celebration of urban nature in City Park! Please visit for project updates. Sign up for email notices by sending an email to and ask to be added to the project email list.

Learn more about this project and a variety of community engagement opportunities!

City Park Playground

Project Scope:
The wooden playground at City Park is a beloved feature for many generations of park users who visit the park. Denver Parks & Recreation recognizes that Dustin Redd is a special part of City Park and frequently receives feedback that park users love the scale of the playground, it's setting within the meadow's tree canopy and the aesthetic of the playground equipment. Unfortunately, this well-loved playground is showing signs of wear. The playground's condition and associated safety concerns in addition to it's operational demands warrant complete replacement. In November 2017, voters approved of the Elevate Denver Bond package which allocated funds for design and construction of Dustin Redd.

View the Project Summary Sheet(PDF, 3MB)

Funding and Timeline:
Funding for design and construction was through the Bond's 1st debt issuance in 2018. Supplemental construction funding to upgrade the adjacent picnic site will be from Denver Parks Capital Improvement Program. Design is scheduled to complete mid 2020 and construction is anticipated to begin in the 1st quarter of 2021.

Community Outreach and Concept Plan:
The process was completed in late 2018. The project task was to engage the community and create a Concept Plan for the Dustin Redd Playground  replacement and improvements to the adjacent permitted picnic site.

View the preferred concept meeting boards(PDF, 20MB)

Lily Lake Restoration

 (PDF, 20MB)Lily Lake is the small one-acre pond along 17th Avenue. The pond is frequently used for fishing and hosts fishing programs organized by the Park Ranger team. As the recipient of Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Fishing is Fun grant, DPR is restoring the banks of the pond, creating crusher-fine trail access, and planting wetland species to enhance water quality and habitat. Native shrubs and vegetation will also be planted to help stabilize slopes leading to the water's edge. 

This ecological restoration project is expected to kick-off in early May 2021 and be complete fall 2021.

Citywide Inclusive Play Strategy

Civic Center Park and Bannock Street Concept Design

Congress Park Playground

Public Meeting 2

View recording of Thurs. November 5, 2020 virtual public meeting
Survey, Concept Design Feedback - CLOSED as of 12/04/20

Congress Park Pool (Elevate Denver Bond)

Public Meeting 3: Thurs. April 9, 2020 (canceled)
View the May 2020 Project Update Video
In place of a public forum to provide a summary update of the Congress Park Pool Project, this video will cover the status of design, timeline of events and construction, and an opportunity to provide thoughts to the project team.

Public Input Infographic(PDF, 1MB)

Public Meeting 1: August 12, 2019

Survey 1: CLOSED as of 9/23/2019
Public Meeting 2: October 15, 2019

Survey 2, design options: CLOSED as of 12/31/2019

About the Project

Download the project summary sheet(PDF, 306KB)
Download the final site plan(PDF, 2MB)

Congress Park Pool was selected to be a project on the Elevate Denver Bond list, which was approved by voters in 2017. This pool is one of the city's oldest and has grown increasingly costly to maintain, requiring extensive upgrades. 

The closure of Congress Park Pool in  2021 will result in new pool and facility to serve the community starting in 2022. Built in 1955, Congress Park Pool is one of Denver's oldest outdoor pools, and after 63 years of operation it has also become one of the city's most costly pools to maintain. In recent years, Congress Park Pool has seen multiple opening delays due to major leaks.

Thanks to the Elevate Denver bond, this project is fully funded, and the city can begin the process of building a state-of-the-art, public swimming pool. This project is one of the first bond projects to be launched. While bond projects will continue to roll out over the next 10 years with several fund issuances, work for Congress Park Pool was identified as a priority to start in the first year.

Projected Timeline as of 7/15/19:

  • Fall 2018 | Design & Construction Procurement: Request for Qualifications (RFQs) will be released for both design consultant and construction management
  • Fall 2019 | Initial Geotechnical Work: The ground surrounding the current pool structure will be examined to see what types of issues have been caused over time.
  • Fall 2019 | Community Outreach: The public will be invited to participate in meetings and/or surveys to help inform the design of the new facility.
    • The design process will include various means of gathering community input to ensure the Congress Park Pool remains a special and valued asset for the neighborhood. Local neighborhood organizations, schools, and community groups are encouraged to be involved.
  • 2021 | Construction Begins: It’s expected to break-ground on the project sometime in 2021.

During the construction closure, there are many other indoor and outdoor public pools open to help keep you physically fit and cool during the summer. The closest outdoor pools to the Congress Park neighborhood are Mestizo-Curtis Pool and La Alma Pool.  Find the full list of pools at

Cook Park (Elevate Denver Bond)

Cook (Judge Joseph E) Park, located in the Virginia Village neighborhood will be receiving upgrades to the playground, basketball court and walks as a part of the Elevate Denver Bond Program and Denver Parks and Recreation’s Capital Improvement Program.

Learn more about this project.

Crestmoor Park (Elevate Denver Bond)

Summer 2021 Project Update
Walks and an accessible picnic area have received the notice-to-proceed for construction, and the contractor has begun mobilizing with construction scheduled to start summer 2021. The project is anticipated to be complete late 2021.

Virtual Public Meeting
Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Join using this link:

As funded by the Elevate Denver Bond, Denver Parks and Recreation is improving walks and the picnic site at Crestmoor Park to make them more accessible to the neighborhood and the community. Crestmoor Park is a 37 acre park located in the Hilltop neighborhood in Denver.

Funding and Timeline:
The design and construction is funded through the Elevate Denver Bond Program. Concept design for the park walks and picnic area is underway with an expected completion of Fall 2020. Construction is anticipated to begin in Summer 2021. 

For more information, email Project Manager Lindsay Koehnke at

Green Valley Ranch Pool Addition (Elevate Denver Bond)

The Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center, built in 2006 and located at 4890 Argonne Way, was designed to accommodate a future building expansion to include an indoor pool and other support services. Thanks to Denver voters and the Elevate Denver Bond program, an indoor aquatic facility is under construction!

Learn more about this project.

Godsman Park

Tennis & Basketball Courts

Godsman Park tennis courts are up for replacement! With input from the community, the tennis courts are getting replaced with one (1) tennis court and one (1) full-sized basketball court. Additional amenities including seating, hopscotch, foursquare, and bike racks will also be provided.

Please note that tree removal on the eastern side of the tennis courts will be needed to accommodate full-sized courts. To mitigate this loss, 11 new trees will be planted.

Construction is expected to start in Q1 2021 and be completed in Q3 2021.

Questions? Email the Associate Project Manager



Harvard Gulch West Trail (Elevate Denver Bond)

Denver Parks and Recreation is planning to add trail connections near the College View Recreation Center and re-purpose the playground located on West Water Avenue near the intersection of Zuni Street.

We want to hear from you! Please email the Project Manager by July 24, 2020 with your comments on the draft concept design which includes converting the existing playground into a picnic and nature-play area. Learn more by watching the recorded public meeting from May 27, 2020.

Public Meeting 1:

For more information, email Project Manager Lindsay Koehnke at

Harvey Park Irrigation

Expected completion: Summer 2021

This multi-phase project is scheduled to be complete later this year and includes the conversion of Harvey Park's irrigation system to raw water, aligning with the department’s Game Plan for a Healthy City and its resiliency goals.

January 2021 update: Internal park sidewalks around the lake and a new sidewalk along Evans are complete. The Evans sidewalk is open for public use. The internal sidewalks will remain closed until snow has cleared and they are safe, as snow removal is not taking place until the new concrete has fully cured.  This portion of the project is scheduled to be complete this spring.

As part of the irrigation upgrade, a new 600’ deep raw water well will be installed at the SE side of the lake and used for water storage and back-up irrigation supply. A temporary noise mitigation wall will be constructed, as continuous drilling will be required for a two-week period.


Inspiration Point Park (Elevate Denver Bond)

Download the project information sheet(PDF, 522KB)

About the Project

Inspiration Point Park is a 25.5 acre Community Park in northwest Denver with over 5 acres of Designated Natural Area. The hillside park features mostly passive uses and is noted for its landscape character of bluegrass upland forest and mixed-grass prairie with expansive views of the Front Range. The Inspiration Point neighborhood is bounded by I-70, Sheridan and I-76 leaving few means for accessible play options within a neighborhood walking distance.

In November 2017 voters approved the General Obligation Bond (Elevate Denver) which allocated $2,135,000 for Inspiration Point Park improvements to include a new playground, picnic sites, shade shelter and restoration of the historic masonry wall at the point.

Funding & Timeline

Funding for full design was through the Bond’s third debt issuance in October 2019. The design completed in the fourth quarter of 2020. Construction funding came from the Bond’s fourth debt issuance in late 2020. As the schedule stands with funding issuance, construction would begin 2nd quarter 2021 and complete in late 2021. 

Community Outreach & Vision Plan

This process was completed late 2018. The project task was to create a Vision Plan of the park for future improvement projects in addition to a Concept Plan for the Elevate Denver Bond improvement items: View the summary memo(PDF, 2MB)

Illustrative Renderings

The following illustrative renderings are from the final construction document package and depict the western overlook and the new playground space. 

View the playground rendering(PDF, 675KB). | View the western overlook rendering(PDF, 637KB)


Kennedy Golf Course Master Plan

The master plan discussion will include desires for the clubhouse, improved golf holes, a practice area, a new parking lot, and more. The final master plan is intended to provide goals and guidance for future design needs.

Learn more about this project.

Kentucky & Irving Pocket Park

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) is collaborating with The Trust For Public Land (TPL) and Cool Connected Westwood on this pocket park project that will convert an old Xcel Energy substation into a park geared toward children ages 10 and up. The proposed pocket park is located on the corner of Kentucky Avenue and Irving Street in the Westwood neighborhood.

Skate features, climbing features, and art that celebrates Westwood’s culture, are all ideas that have been identified as potential park features in accordance with community feedback. While the park will be designed as a comfortable and welcoming space for all ages, the community wants to ensure that this park serves older children who do not currently have a park that meets their unique needs and desires.

This project also lines up the city’s Westwood Via Verde project. Via Verde will be a loop around the entire Westwood neighborhood that promotes safe access for pedestrians, bikers, and automobiles. The intersection of Kentucky Ave. and Irving St. will become a part of a pedestrian greenway, dramatically improving safe access in the future. Many of the outreach events are in collaboration with this project.

Fiesta 1: Oct. 15, 2018 | 5:30-7:30PM | Kepner Middle School
Flyer(PDF, 889KB)  Presentation(PDF, 19MB)  Survey

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) está colaborando con The Trust For Public Land (TPL) y Cool Connected Westwood en este proyecto de miniparque que convertirá una antigua subestación de Xcel Energy en un parque dirigido a niños de 10 años en adelante. El miniparque propuesto se encuentra en la esquina de Kentucky Avenue e Irving Street en el vecindario de Westwood.

Las características de patinaje, características de escalada y arte que celebra la cultura de Westwood son ideas que se han identificado como características potenciales del miniparque de acuerdo con los comentarios de la comunidad. Mientras el parque se diseñará como un espacio cómodo y acogedor para todas las edades, la comunidad quiere asegurarse de que este parque sirva a niños mayores que actualmente no tienen un parque que satisfaga sus necesidades y deseos únicos.

Este proyecto también se alinea con el proyecto Westwood Vía Verde de la Ciudad. Via Verde será un circuito alrededor de todo el vecindario de Westwood que promueve el acceso seguro para peatones, ciclistas y automóviles. La intersección de la avenida Kentucky. e Irving St. se convertirá en parte de una vía verde peatonal, mejorando dramáticamente el acceso y seguridad en el futuro. Muchos de los eventos de divulgación están en colaboración con este proyecto.

Fiesta 1: Oct. 15 | 5:30-7:30PM | Kepner Middle School
Flyer(PDF, 889KB)  Presentation(PDF, 19MB)  Survey

McNichols Park Playground (Elevate Denver Bond)

Project Scope
The playground at McNichols Park – located in the East Colfax neighborhood – is currently being redesigned with input from the surrounding community.  Accessibility upgrades and improvements to the adjacent picnic facilities and landscape may also be included as the project budget allows.

Funding & Timeline
This project is being funded by the Elevate Denver Bond Program with additional Capital Improvement Program (CIP) dollars.  Design is scheduled to be complete by mid-2020, with construction beginning early 2021. 

As of summer 2021, construction is underway and is anticipated to be complete by late 2021.  

How Can I Be Involved?
Upcoming community outreach events include:

New, May 2020: View the park design rendering(PDF, 6MB)

This project is funded through the Elevate Denver Bond Program, approved by voters in 2017 to enhance mobility, safety, and quality of life across Denver.

McWilliams Park (Elevate Denver Bond)

As part of the Elevate Denver Bond Program, DPR is upgrading the playground, picnic area and basketball court. The redesigned park will be compliant with current safety standards and improve upon the well-known 'dinosaur' playground theme.

Find more project details.

Montbello Central Park

Thanks to a generous grant from the Denver Foundation, a new pump track will be installed in Montbello Central Park. To share your thoughts on this project, please complete our survey by June 2, 2021.

In addition to the pump track, Montbello Central Park is getting lighting, irrigation upgrades, asphalt-concrete sidewalk conversions and additional picnic spaces. 


Montclair Park (Elevate Denver Bond)

Thanks to voters who passed the Elevate Denver Bond Program, Montclair Park will soon see upgrades to the tennis courts, horseshoe pits and picnic area. With the community’s input, these improvements will make the park safer and more accessible. 

Outdoor Adventures & Alternative Sports Master Plan

Robinson Park Playground (Elevate Denver Bond)

Project Scope
Located in Denver's Hilltop neighborhood, Robinson Park playground and basketball court have been redesigned with input from the surrounding community.  Accessibility upgrades, including an attached walk along 2nd Avenue, and improvements to the adjacent picnic facilities and landscape will also be included.

Funding & Timeline
This project is being funded by the Elevate Denver Bond Program with additional Capital Improvement Program (CIP) dollars.  DPR would also like to formally thank the Hilltop community for raising supplemental funds to support additional play elements.  Design should be complete by mid-2020, with construction beginning in early 2021.  The project has an anticipated completion date in the Fall of 2021.

How Can I Be Involved?
Upcoming community outreach events include:

New, May 2020: View the park design rendering(PDF, 16MB)

Rocky Mountain Lake Park (Elevate Denver Bond)

Rocky Mountain Lake Park is located in northwest Denver at the intersection of Lowell and 46th. The Park features a nearly 23 acre lake surrounded by an asphalt multi-use trail and an established tree canopy. Originally an Elevate Denver Bond project to remove and replace just a portion of the existing deteriorated asphalt trail with a new concrete multi-use trail, the project has grown considerably through city agency partnerships.

Denver Parks and Rec (DPR) identified additional funding to improve the permitted picnic site by incorporating new picnic tables and barbeque grills. DPR’s Natural Areas program has provided new funding for bluegrass conversion area and a soft surface trail along the south extent of the lake, lake edge stabilization efforts near the roundabout, and additional lake edge enhancements and fishing access points on the east and north side of the lake. Lastly, in late 2019, DPR and the Department of Transpiration & Infrastructure (DOTI) Sidewalk Gap program partnered to supplement the original Elevate Bond funding to add the remaining extent of deteriorated asphalt walks to the project’s replacement scope and also improve and expand the crossings on 46th for greater neighborhood connectivity. The partnership between the City agencies will see almost 1.5 miles of new concrete multi-use trail and .5 miles of new soft surface trail completed at the Park.

Funding and Timeline
The project is fully funded. Phase 1 - Concept Design was initiated summer 2019 and completed late 2019. Phase 2 - Design kicked off spring 2020 and will conclude late 2020. Construction is anticipated to being 4th quarter 2021 and complete late fall 2022.

View the concept plan schematic graphic(PDF, 3MB)

Russell Square Park

Improvements being implemented at Russell Square Park in Denver’s historic Cole neighborhood are the culmination of a multi-year community process that began in 2016 when the My Outdoor Colorado Cole Coalition was awarded the Inspire Planning grant. Through an engaged planning process, the Cole community identified Russell Square Park as a neighborhood place where people can safely connect and reconnect to nature and the outdoors through coordinated programming efforts that allow for structured and unstructured play and enjoyment.

Find more project details.

Sand Creek Regional Greenway

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway Project will complete a continuous paved trail from Peoria at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to I-70 and Quebec St. The project includes approximately 3.1 miles of new trail for walking, jogging and bicycling along Sand Creek. The project will protect existing waterways and trees while restoring habitat and native vegetation. Parking will be provided to access the trail from Smith Road.

Find project updates and trail detour information.

Skyline Park (Elevate Denver Bond)

Sloan's Lake Park

Project Scope
The south playground and picnic facilities at Sloan’s Lake Park (at the intersection of West 17th Ave. and Utica St.) have been redesigned with input from the surrounding community.  Improvements to adjacent parking, landscape, and accessibility upgrades will also be included. The south tennis courts at Sloan’s Lake Park (at the intersection of West 17th Ave. and Raleigh St.) will be removed and replaced with a post-tensioned slab consisting of three tennis courts and four pickleball courts.

Funding and TImeline
The project is being funded by Capital Improvement Program (CIP) dollars from Denver Parks and Recreation.  Conceptual design should be complete by the end of 2019, followed by design development and construction documents in early 2020.  Construction is slated to begin in early 2021, with an anticipated opening in early 2022.  

How can I be involved?
Community outreach events include:

South Playground Update

Survey 2 [CLOSED as of Dec. 31]: View survey results(PDF, 342KB)

View the final preferred concept(PDF, 8MB)

Public Outreach:

Open House #2: Thursday, January 9 | 5-7pm

Wed. November 13: The project group will be presenting at the Sloan's Lake Citizens Group meeting: 7-8:30 p.m. | Del Norte VA Apartments (2635 N. Federal Blvd.)

Strategic Acquisition Plan

Project Scope

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) has developed a Strategic Acquisition Plan to guide the growth of an equitable, sustainable and resilient parks and recreation system for a healthier Denver. The Strategic Acquisition Plan builds off Game Plan and the Legacy Fund Five-Year Plan to provide the foundation upon which the Acquisition Program will be built and implemented. The plan provides a clear framework for decision-making that identifies priorities, describes strategies and explains criteria for success associated with completing and funding future acquisitions. The plan also identifies a toolbox that combines funding mechanisms and real estate techniques. 

Download the final plan(PDF, 4MB)

View the StoryMap to see highlights on recent and current acquisitions.

View a visual summary of the Strategic Acquisition Plan.


To assist with this planning effort, DPR has hired Design Workshop which has a long track record of working with both the City and County of Denver and other local and regional municipalities on strategic planning.

DPR is committed to a collaborative planning process with multiple opportunities for public engagement. Outreach efforts will include online engagement tools such as surveys and virtual meetings and presentations. Until guidelines allow in-person contact and exposure all public input opportunities will be virtual.

The acquisition planning process begins with extensive research and analysis on the historic development of Denver’s park system and best practices and case studies as well as mapping related to the acquisition focus areas. The Strategic Acquisition Plan’s vision, goals and outcomes will be developed by community input, Technical Focus Area Groups, a Technical Partners Group and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

Public Hearing

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) heard public comments on the proposed Strategic Acquisition Plan on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at their regular meeting. 
View the presentation(PDF, 3MB) | Review the draft plan(PDF, 4MB) 

Public Survey 2:

[survey closed 4/12/2021]

Public Meeting 2:

Thurs. March 11, 2021 | 5:30 p.m.
Watch the video recordingEn español

Public Survey #1

[Survey closed 12/2020]

Public Meeting 1:

Thurs. October 22, 2020
View meeting presentation  

For questions and more information, email the project manager. 


St. Charles Recreation Center Park

Sunken Gardens Master Plan

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) is launching a master planning process for Sunken Gardens Park.

The goal is to improve the park visitor experience by developing a long-term plan that respects the historical context, period features, and landscape character of the park, while accommodating changing use patterns and programming needs of the community.

Denver has experienced substantial, sustained growth in the last twenty years with 25,000 people now living in downtown Denver. Last year alone, 3,000 new residents moved downtown. The surrounding center city neighborhoods have seen a similar population boom, growing by 10.5% in 2019 to 88,670 residents. As density goes up, green space becomes increasingly important for social, environmental and human health. 

DPR is committed to a collaborative planning process with multiple opportunities for public engagement, including the formation of an Advisory Committee representing diverse community interests. Outreach efforts will also include, online engagement tools such as surveys, information blasts, stakeholder interviews, and virtual workshops and presentations. Until guidelines allow in-person contact and exposure all public input opportunities will be virtual.

The master planning process begins with an assessment of existing conditions of the park and the immediate neighborhood. Goals and planning objectives will be developed with community and Advisory Committee input. Alternatives will be developed for review and comment resulting in final recommendations for park improvements and programming. The planning process is anticipated to be 8 to 12 month duration to ensure maximum community involvement. 

Virtual Public Meeting
Watch the November 18, 2020 virtual public meeting 
View the virtual public meeting flyer (english and español)(PDF, 104KB)
View the presentation slides(PDF, 7MB)
View the Questions and Answers from the public meeting(PDF, 488KB)

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Verbena Park

Project Scope

Located in the East Colfax neighborhood, Verbena Park playground and basketball court will be redesigned with input from the surrounding community. The project will include accessibility upgrades for the playground; athletic field drainage; and improvements to picnic facilities as budget allows.

Funding and Timeline

This project is funded by DPR's Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

  • Mid-2021: Conceptual design complete
  • Late 2021: Design development and construction documents complete
  • Early 2022: Construction to begin


Public Meeting #2: May 6, 2021

Public meeting #1:
March 18, 2021
Public Survey #1:



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