Heron Pond, Heller Open Space & Carpio Sanguinette Park

aerial rendering of the planned design for Heron Pond, Heller Open Space and Carpio-Sanguinette Park

This project re-envisions approximately 80 acres of city property and existing open space around Heron Pond to serve as a regional and local amenity. Throughout 2017, a community-driven effort developed a plan for recreational amenities and access to nature along the South Platte River in the Globeville and Elyria/Swansea neighborhoods. The area will become a regional asset as one of the largest remaining open spaces along the South Platte River in Denver. 

Master Plan Information

Master Plan Documents


Project Background

The Heron Pond Master Plan shapes ideas for how the property can:

  • Improve wildlife habitat, community access and safety
  • Enhance connections to the South Platte River corridor and surrounding neighborhoods
  • Unify Heron Pond Natural Area, Heller Open Space, Northside Park, and adjacent city properties 

Portions of the master plan area are located within the Asarco Globe Cleanup Site. The properties have been remediated to remove or contain the contamination. Denver’s Department of Environmental Health participated in the master planning process to ensure recommendations built on the health and safely of the overall site conditions. Thoughtful development of the master plan allowed for a variety of recreational opportunities and natural experiences, while ensuring the environmental remediation's integrity. 

Initial project goals and desired outcomes:

  • Provide residents with connections to the site’s natural areas and recreational amenities
  • Create opportunities for urban youth to participate in environmental education
  • Improve river ecosystem health through habitat restoration and innovative water systems
  • Enhance visibility and connections between Heron Pond and embankments along the South Platte River
  • Provide opportunities for residents to share the history of Heron Pond, Heller Open Space, Northside Park and the South Platte River
  • Engage the communities to unify the various areas within the site into one open space vision that addresses the desires of the community
  • Leverage/complement adjacent redevelopment
  • Position the plan for resourceful and strategically phased implementation and identify early improvements

Master Plan Boundaries

Master Plan boundaries for Heron Pond, Heller Open Space and Carpio-Sanguinette Park



 


Aerial rendering of project area

Aerial rendering of Heron Pond, Heller Open Space and Carpio-Sanguinette Park

Pavilion rendering

Rendering of pavilion at Heron Pond

Pavilion rendering

Rendering of pavilion at Heron Pond

Playground rendering

Rendering of playground at Heron Pond


Questions? 

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