Congress Park Projects

Overview

Learn about improvements underway in Congress Park:

Outdoor Pool (Elevate Denver Bond)

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.

Community Outreach

Public Meeting 3

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.

Download the public Input Infographic(PDF, 1MB)


Public Meeting 2

October 15, 2019
Survey 2: CLOSED as of 12/31/2019


Public Meeting 1

August 12, 2019
Survey 1: CLOSED as of 9/23/2019

 


About the Project

Projected Timeline (as of July 2019)

  • 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 pool to the Congress Park neighborhood is Mestizo-Curtis Pool.  Find the full list of pools at denvergov.org/recreation.

Playground

This project will build on community input to redesign and expand the existing playground to meet play, safety and accessibility needs. The project will complement the improvements made at the adjacent pool and also address the need for improved sidewalk connections throughout the park.

Download the project information sheet

Courts Replacement

April 1, 2022: All Congress Park courts will be TEMPORARILY CLOSED for core drilling this Friday, April 1, from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Once work is complete, the courts will reopen for use. This is in preparation for construction activities slated for later this year. We appreciate your cooperation.

Tennis and pickleball court improvements include surfacing of courts, relocation of pickleball courts inward to the park to reduce noise impacts on adjacent residences, and accessibility improvements. The project is funded by 2022 Capital Funds. Construction is anticipated to begin late 2022.

Download the project sheet(PDF, 2MB)

Public Outreach

Survey closed March 31, 2022. 

The Congress Park pickleball and tennis courts improvement project is underway! Improvements are slated to include reconstructing and resurfacing existing courts, expanding and relocating the pickleball courts internal to the park to mitigate sound impacts to adjacent residential properties and park and court accessibility improvements.

Informational Meeting

This meeting updated the community on the replacement and rearrangement of the existing tennis, pickleball, and basketball courts at Congress Park. The project will also address outstanding ADA access issues. 

Download the informational meeting flyer.(PDF, 333KB)