Program Overview

Thanks to voters, Elevate Denver will enrich neighborhoods, enhance community assets, and elevate our city over the next decade. View the full list of Elevate Denver Bond Program projects, as well as the projects in the first four debt issuances, to learn about the ways Elevate Denver will enrich neighborhoods, enhance community assets and improve our city.

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Program Highlights

Transportation & Mobility

Accelerating progress for Denver's connectivity, mobility network, and safety by upgrading our streets, bridges, sidewalks and bike network.

Whether you are walking, driving, biking or taking the bus, nearly half all Elevate Denver projects will focus on making our streets safer and more efficient for everyone by:

  • Repaving high traffic roads and repair and replace outdated bridges.
  • Improving intersections and building sidewalks throughout Denver to create new connections among neighborhoods, bus stops, and rail stations.
  • Coordinating with other city agencies to accelerate project completion for Denver residents.

Cultural Facilities

Restoring iconic institutions that have educated and entertained Denver residents for over a century.

By maximizing taxpayer dollars through public and private partnerships, Elevate Denver will provide critical improvements to institutions central to the fabric of our city including:

  • The Denver Zoo
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Denver Center for the Performing Arts
  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • Buell Theater

Annual attendance at Denver’s cultural facilities is nearly double that of the city’s four major sports venues combined. Elevate Denver will ensure these culturally enriching spaces are preserved for generations to come.

Denver Health & Hospital Authority

Constructing a new Outpatient Medical Center to increase patient capacity by 50 percent and meet the health care needs of Denver residents.

The new building will centralize numerous specialty clinics including a surgery center, expanded pharmacy, and lab and radiology services. This state-of-the-art facility will provide high-quality care right here in the community.

Currently, Denver Health provides medical care to roughly one-third of Denver’s population. With a new Outpatient Medical Center in the heart of the city, Denver Health can expand its offerings and provide essential treatment for cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, mental and behavioral health, and other treatable diseases in adults and children.

Libraries

Modernizing the Denver Central Library and 10 other library branches to better connect people with information, ideas, and educational experiences.

Denver’s libraries see more than 1.2 million visitors each year. By investing in new technology, redesigning spaces, and improving accessibility, Elevate Denver will amplify the library system’s community impact.

Through the program, the Denver Central Library will see significant safety and security upgrades as well as an expanded and relocated children’s learning area and event space for improved accessibility. Elevate Denver will make additional improvements at neighborhood branches, including:

  • Athmar Park Library
  • Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
  • Byers Library
  • Eugene Field Library
  • Pauline Robinson Library
  • Ross-Barnum Library
  • Ross-Broadway Library
  • Ross-University Hills Library
  • Schlessman Family Library
  • Smiley Branch Library

For more information about construction and planning around library projects, visit the Denver Public Library projects webpage.

Parks & Recreation

Revitalizing recreation centers and parks to bring health and wellness to neighborhoods across the city.

Over 10 years, Elevate Denver will upgrade and improve more than 50 parks and 20 recreation centers, offering residents safe and modern spaces to connect, play, and exercise. These enhancements will improve energy efficiency and update systems for irrigation and water conservation — ultimately saving taxpayer dollars.

In addition to these upgrades, Elevate Denver will build a new recreation center in the Westwood neighborhood and a new indoor swimming pool in the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood. Elevate Denver recently completed Phase II of Paco Sanchez Park, creating a regional playground and community gathering spaces.

For more information about construction and planning around park and recreation projects, visit the Park and Facility Projects webpage.

Public Facilities

Enhancing the efficiency and accessibility of city buildings and services.

Through structural and exterior improvements, Elevate Denver aims to make city buildings more accessible to residents and city staff. Projects will eliminate physical and communication barriers by upgrading ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps and improving exterior and interior routes, accessible parking, and visual alarms.

Over the next decade, six roofs and four HVAC systems will be replaced at city-owned buildings. Several city buildings will also receive general repairs, including: 

  • Richard Castro Human Services Building
  • Northeast Montessori Center
  • Denver City and County Building
  • Arie P. Taylor Building

Public Safety

Prioritizing the wellbeing of Denver residents and the first responders who keep our city safe.

Elevate Denver will replace or renovate two police stations and half of Denver’s fire stations. Many of these facilities are more than 40 years old and need critical upgrades and improvements.

  • Across the city, 19 fire stations will receive updated equipment, bathrooms, and living spaces to improve the day-to-day working environment and ensure better gender equity. A new fire station will be built at 72nd and Tower Road to meet the needs of our growing city and improve emergency response times.
  • The District 5 Police Station, serving the Montbello, Central Park, and Green Valley Ranch neighborhoods — and the District 6 Police Station, serving the Capitol Hill, Civic Center, Five Points, and Downtown neighborhoods, will be replaced to improve policing operations and better facilitate community engagement.

 Program Overview Map

Elevate Denver Bond Program Overview Map

If you are unable to read any part of this map please contact us at elevatedenver@denvergov.org for assistance.


Our Vision

Elevating Denver toward a vibrant tomorrow that’s rich with environmental, economic, and community vitality. 

Our Mission

Achieve the Vision by delivering projects consistent with community expectations utilizing engaging, transparent, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches.

Our Goals & Objectives

Project Equity

Deliver valuable and high-quality projects equitably across the City that are consistent with the community’s expectations.

  • Objective 1: Define values, plans, processes, and procedures at both the project and overall program level to provide uniformity and predictability in the performance of each individual project as an integral part of the program.
  • Objective 2: Deliver the program using an integrated organization staffed by City and consultants, complying with City regulations, and using effective practices.
  • Objective 3: Uphold a commitment to enrich the community through a balanced implementation of the City’s mobility, parks and recreation resources, cultural assets, safety, and other public facilities.

Budget & Scheduling

Complete projects within the established budget and anticipated schedule, while helping to achieve reduced long-term operating and maintenance costs.

  • Objective 1: Use effective practices to plan, measure, monitor, and manage the on-time, and on-budget performance of the program — and each of its projects.
  • Objective 2: Use effective practices to ensure that the operating costs of each project will be kept to a minimum, consistent with projects’ intended benefits following the delivery of the completed projects.

Design & Construction

Use effective design and construction practices to produce projects that improve quality of life by enhancing environmental, economic, and social sustainability.

  • Objective 1: Achieve sustainability certification for projects throughout the program, such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Globes, Envision, Green Streets, or other applicable certifications, at or above the level required by City executive orders.
  • Objective 2: Enhance community quality of life through improved natural, social, and built environments for current and future generations of Denverites. Support the City’s core business value of sustainability.

Project Delivery & Management

Instill effective project delivery and program management practices that can be replicated for the benefit of future City projects and programs. 

  • Objective 1: Build upon and continue to implement effective program management practices and legacy systems derived from the Better Denver Bond Program.
  • Objective 2: Develop and implement staff development for the program requirements that are scalable for other City projects and programs.
  • Objective 3: Steward tax dollars through effective procurement and efficient project delivery packages that benefit the community while encouraging participation of industry, including disadvantaged businesses.

Business Opportunities

Proactively identify opportunities for small business enterprise and minority/woman-owned business enterprise participation, as well as for workforce development.

  • Objective: Increase contracting opportunities for certified professional services, construction, and goods and services firms through the Division of Small Business Opportunity.

Communication

Actively, consistently, and accurately communicate the status of the program to stakeholder groups and the Denver community.

  • Objective 1: Launch public-facing dashboards communicating project information and progress.
  • Objective 2: Engage the community by leveraging multiple communication strategies and tactics to provide project updates, establish program branding, and build community support.
  • Objective 3: Implement effective internal communication to ensure alignment and coordination with other projects and activities within the city.

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