The Outdoor Downtown

The Outdoor Downtown Master Plan

The Outdoor Downtown is a 20-year master plan to provide the City of Denver with a visionary and actionable list of policies, programs, and projects that will make Downtown's parks and public spaces world-class destinations. This vision is being implemented through various projects and programs in the downtown area.

Read the plan for The Outdoor Downtown(PDF, 19MB)

Downtown Denver Parks: 2022 Highlights and 2023 Look Ahead 

New murals, pollinator gardens, visioning, and more! Check out highlights of improvements to Downtown Denver parks and learn about what’s upcoming in 2023.

Download the PDF for Downtown Denver Parks(PDF, 5MB)

Civic Center Next 100: Park & Bannock St. Concept Design

Located at the heart of the city and surrounded by many of our key civic and cultural institutions, Civic Center has served as Denver’s most significant gathering spot for cultural events, festivals, and First Amendment rallies for over 100 years. It is Denver’s first National Historic Landmark and honoring its history is critical as we envision its future. The project partners are working together to bring the 2005 park Master Plan to life by creating a vision for key features of Civic Center that will accommodate its traditional uses and also encourage daily active use. Learn more.(PDF, 888KB) En Español.(PDF, 864KB)

Anticipated Schedule: 

  • Concept Design + Public Engagement: Quarter 1, 2021 - Quarter 1, 2022
  • Final Design + Public Engagement: Quarter 2, 2023 - Quarter 2, 2024
  • Construction Phase 1: Quarter 3, 2024
  • Substantial Completion Phase 1: Quarter 4, 2025
  • * Phase 1 Implementation includes improvements to the Greek Theater and Central Promenade

Download the final concept plan(PDF, 13MB)

Public Outreach:

Workshop #1

February 11, 2021

The first public meeting covered Civic Center's history and current conditions and invited feedback from the community on how key features of the area should be used, bringing the 2005 park Master Plan to life.

Workshop #3

September 23, 2021

At the final public workshop, preferred concept designs were reviewed with the community.

Learn more about the Phase I Bannock Street improvements.

Learn more about the Civic Center Conservancy.

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Skyline Park Improvements

The Skyline Park Improvements project is underway! Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR), in consultation with the Elevate Denver Bond Program and local stakeholders, is leading an effort to assess, reimagine and transform Skyline Park to once again become an iconic and vibrant civic park at the heart of downtown Denver. In alignment with the Outdoor Downtown Plan, this plan will be driven by the foundational goals of a Social, Recreational, Connected, Cultural and Sustainable downtown. Through a community driven process that took place in 2020 and 2021, a Concept Design was created which lays out a new vision for the future of all three blocks of Skyline Park. DPR is now working with stakeholders and other city agencies to make this vision a reality. The implementation for Phase 1, which is the middle block of Skyline Park (between the 16th Street Mall and 17th Street) began in winter 2022 and will involve final design and construction documentation.

Anticipated Schedule: 

  • Q2, 2020 - Q3, 2021: Concept Design + Public Engagement [Complete - See the concept plan
  • 2022 - 2024: Final Design and Construction Documentation for Phase 1 Implementation [Currently Active]
  • Q3, 2025: Construction Phase 1
  • Q3, 2026: Substantial Completion Phase 1
  • * Phase 1 Implementation includes improvements to Skyline Park Block 2 (between the 16th Street Mall and 17th Street)  

Download the project information sheet(PDF, 105KB)


Project visioning and construction of phase one are being funded by the Elevate Denver Bond Program for a total of $2.5 million. Additional funding is being provided by Denver Parks and Recreation. 

Public Outreach

Current Phase

The Concept Design completed in 2021 was shaped by over 2,370 channels of public input. Community engagement will continue to be an integral part of the design process in this current phase of Final Design and Construction Documentation for Phase 1 (the middle block of Skyline Park between 16th and 17th). To make sure you don’t miss any updates on public input opportunities for Skyline Park or other downtown Denver parks, join our email list

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