Trail Detours & Park Construction

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Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) is constantly working to improve the 100+ miles of trails in the city's park system. When doing improvements there may be temporary detours due to construction. DPR is committed to providing the safest detours available for the shortest amount of time necessary to minimize impacts to users. 

Although we make every attempt to keep the public informed about the status of our trails, park walks and other amenities, there are times when they must be closed immediately and may not be noted on this page.  Please be aware of unforeseen conditions due to weather or other unexpected events and be prepared to use alternate routes if necessary.


Regional Trail Detours in Denver

Bear Creek Trail

No trail detours within Denver at this time.

City of Lakewood | Bear Creek Park

South Suburban Parks & Trails

Cherry Creek Trail

Cherry Creek Trail @ 14th Avenue Bridge & Speer Blvd.

Late Sept. 2020 - Spring 2021

As part of the Elevate Denver Bond Program, which voters approved in 2017 to fund critical improvements to infrastructure, Denver’s Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) will replace a 60-year-old bridge on West 14th Avenue between NB/SB Speer Boulevard. DOTI will also make safety improvements for those who walk and bike over the bridge, which will include building new pedestrian ramps, wider sidewalks, and installing a raised bicycle track over the 14th Avenue Bridge. 

Construction is anticipated to begin in late September 2020, which will require a section of the Cherry Creek Trail that runs underneath the West 14th Avenue bridge to close while work is underway. Trail users will be detoured onto a closed lane of Speer Blvd. and reconnected with the trail immediately north of Colfax Ave. Detour signage will be in place during construction. 

Download the project information sheet and detour maps(PDF, 1MB)

Learn more about DOTI projects. 

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E. Iliff Ave. to S. Quebec St. 

Beginning July/August 2019: Concrete Express will begin construction of the Cherry Creek Corridor Improvements Project. Work will occur in and along Cherry Creek  and is anticipated to last approx. 2 years. 

The work includes stream improvements, site grading, revegetation and recreational-use trails. Trail detours are anticipated to begin Fall 2019-- please check back for more details as they become available. 

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Additional Cherry Creek Trail information

High Line Canal

Winter/Spring 2021 | Stormwater Quality Pilot Project

Beginning mid-March, a water quality project along the High Line Canal will require a closure of the trail within Eisenhower Park. Trail users will be detoured to Eastman Avenue via Dahlia St. and Colorado Ave. Construction is anticipated to be complete fall 2021. 

Find more details about this project.


November 2020 - Fall 2021 | Parker & Mississippi

Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will install an underpass beneath S. Parker Road at E. Mississippi Avenue to continuously connect the Highline Canal Trail and allow people walking and riding bikes to have a safer crossing. The underpass is anticipated to be ready for use in Fall 2021. While work is underway, a section of the High Line Canal Trail that runs adjacent to S. Parker Road at the E. Mississippi Avenue intersection will be closed. Detour signs will be posted to reroute people on bikes to a new two-way bikeway on Valentia Street from E. Mississippi Avenue to Fairmount Drive. Pedestrians will be rerouted to the sidewalk along that stretch of Valentia Street. 

View detour map(JPG, 291KB)

Learn more about the High Line Canal Underpass Project(PDF, 203KB)

Additional High Line Canal Trail information

Platte River Trail

November 16 - December 16 | Blake St. from 1st to Speer:

November 16 through December 16 there will be overhead repairs for the bridge along Blake Street from 1st to Speer. There will be flaggers to “control”  bike flow during these repairs. There will be no detour needed, but trail users should be aware of this work and slow speeds when approaching. 

November 17 - 18 | E. 47th Ave. through E. 50th Ave:

Tuesday, November 17 through 5:00pm November 18 only. There will be a closure on the northern portion of the trail from E. 47th Ave. through E. 50th Ave due to work with the BSNF Railway. There will be signage and a detour for this work. The area of work is north of I-70. 

Sand Creek Greenway

 Q1 - Q3 2021 | Peoria to Quebec

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.

 Download the implementation plan and accompanying detour maps:

 

South Platte River Trail

Downtown Aquarium & 19th Street Bridge Closure 

April 12 - early May: Pedestrian bridges near 19th Street and the Downtown Aquarium will be closed for replacement. Trail users will be detoured through parks along the river (details in maps linked below). Please follow posted signage and allow additional travel time to get through the area. The closure is expected to last three weeks.

Download the 19th Street bridge detour map(PDF, 1MB)

Download the Aquarium bridge detour map(PDF, 1MB)


Johnson Habitat Park to West Mississippi Ave.

Sept. 29, 2020 - TBD: The timber retaining wall has failed and the trail will remain closed until the conditions can be made safe for trail users. Engineers were onsite testing the wall when the failure occurred so the work to replace the wall has been accelerated. For safety the trail must remain closed until further notice. Please follow the posted detour route. Thank you for your continued patience.

View detour map(PDF, 901KB)

Other Detours & Construction Projects

Eisenhower Park

March 2021 | High Line Canal Detour

Beginning mid-March, a water quality project along the High Line Canal will require a closure of the trail within Eisenhower Park. Trail users will be detoured to Eastman Avenue via Dahlia St. and Colorado Ave. Construction is anticipated to be complete fall 2021. 

Find more details about this project.

Hampden Heights Park

Feb. - June 2021 |  Walk Renovation

This project entails removal of existing asphalt walkways and replacement with concrete walkways to improve safety and accessibility within certain areas of Hampden Heights Park. Stormwater culverts will also be installed to improve drainage adjacent to walkways. Associated site work includes asphalt removal, grading, installation of culverts, concrete walkways, and signage, wood fence removal, curb ramp replacement, crosswalk striping, and tree planting. This reinvestment in existing infrastructure to provide improved walkways and drainage is in alignment with Denver Parks and Recreation's Game Plan for a Healthy City.  

Construction start date: February 2021
Expected completion date: June 2021

The trail will be closed between Hampden Heights Park and Kennedy Municipal Golf Course. Trail users will be detoured through the northern portion of Hampden Heights Park and the Cherry Creek Trail through Hentzell Park.

Download the detour map.(PDF, 3MB)

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.

Hentzell Park

Bridge Closure

Beginning Mon. March 29, the pedestrian bridge along Cherry Creek Trail off of Geneva Street will be closed for a deck replacement. Please follow detour along the soft surface trail. Construction will take two weeks to complete. The bridge will be open and accessible on the weekends.  

Download the detour map(PDF, 165KB)  

Weir Gulch

Summer 2020 | Trail & Basketball Court Repairs

 A two-phase project by Denver Parks and Recreation to repair the trail along Weir Gulch between Alameda Avenue and Barnum Recreation Center (see map) is scheduled to begin Summer of 2020. Phase 1, in green on the map, will repair the existing asphalt trail.

The section of trail between Perry St. and Lowell Blvd. will be reconstructed in concrete as part of Phase 2, orange on the map, scheduled to begin Fall of 2020. This phase will also include replacement of the existing basketball court at Bayaud Ave. near Utica St. 

During construction, both phases will include trail detours. To stay informed of detours and construction schedule visit denvergov.org/traildetours.  For more information about the project contact Jason Coffey at Jason.coffey@denvergov.org or leave a voicemail at 720-913-0676.  

View project map(JPG, 269KB)

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Reparaciones al sendero de Weir Gulch y cancha de baloncesto

Un proyecto de Denver Parks and Recreation de dos fases para reparar el sendero a lo largo de Weir Gulch entre Alameda Avenue y el Centro de Recreación de Barnum (ver mapa) comenzara en el verando del 2020. La Fase 1, en verde en el mapa, reparará el actual sendero de asfalto.         

La sección del sendero entre Perry St. y Lowell Blvd. se reconstruirá en concreto como parte de la Fase 2, naranja en el mapa, programada para comenzar en el otoño del 2020. Esta fase también incluirá el reemplazo de la existente cancha de baloncesto en Bayaud Ave. cerca de Utica St.

Durante la construcción, ambas fases incluirán desvíos. Para mantenerse informado sobre los desvíos y el programa de construcción, visite denvergov.org/traildetours. Para obtener más información sobre el proyecto, contacte a Jason Coffey a su correo electrónico, Jason.coffey@denvergov.org o deje un mensaje de voz al 720-913-0676.

View map(JPG, 269KB)

Washington Park

North Playground Replacement

As envisioned by the 2011 Washington Park Master Plan,(PDF, 4MB) the new playground (Aug. 2018) along the park's diagonal road replaces the north playground by the boathouse as the regional playground for the area.

In September 2018 the north playground was removed, as the wooden structure was past its useful life and posed safety concerns.

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) will conduct a public process with the neighborhood to discuss design ideas to re-envision this space based on the park’s master plan.(PDF, 4MB) Timing for this project is TBD. Stay tuned for public outreach details!
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Basketball Court/Ditch

The basketball court on the west side of Washington Park has been decomissioned and will serve as the construction stage for the adjacent ditch project, currently in the design phase and scheduled to be complete sometime in 2021. This will help minimize construction impacts in the high-use area. Once the ditch project is complete, DPR will demolish the old asphalt and restore the area with sod.

Learn more about current park projects and upcoming public meetings.