Jul 27, 2017
Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR), Councilman Paul López (Dist. 3), Nettie Moore, 92-year resident of the neighborhood, city officials and community members today celebrated the groundbreaking of Re-Imagine Play at Paco Sanchez Park.
Re-Imagine Play is an innovative approach to playground design that goes beyond traditional equipment such as swings, slides, and monkey bars, to create a multi-generational play environment offering different activities that keep park users engaged, entertained and active.
“Whether you’re 92 or 2 years old – gone will be the days of parents or grandparents sitting on the bench while watching their kids play on the swing set – Paco Sanchez will be a place where everyone gets to play,” Mayor Hancock said. “The new design of this park will play a transformative role in how children and families connect with the outdoors and recreational activities here in West Denver.”
The 30-acre park, located just west of Federal Boulevard and south of Colfax Avenue, is located within an area identified as underserved for parks and recreation amenities. The need for meaningful access to recreation, coupled with overwhelming community support, made Paco Sanchez Park the ideal setting to locate the project.
“Community input and collaboration have been the key to the different design elements of this project, “said Happy Haynes, Executive Director of Denver Parks and Recreation. “This is a state-of-the-art project and we are proud to make a significant investment in the health and vitality of the neighborhood. Re-Imagine Play will inspire anyone, no matter their age, to spend time outdoors and increase activity levels in a fun, dynamic setting.”
The design for Re-Imagine Play takes advantage of the site’s existing topography to provide a series of challenges and experiences throughout the park. Rich colors and patterns celebrate the heritage of the neighborhood with a musical theme that pays homage to Paco Sanchez’s legacy as the first Spanish language disc jockey in Denver.
Phase 1 of the project will include the Play Plateau area and portions of the Play Loop. This area is near the existing playground and will feature large custom climbing structures and play equipment that honor the spirit of Paco Sanchez’s musical background. The focal point of this area will be the Mic Tower, a large climbing structure that will resemble a vintage microphone and stand nearly 30’ tall. The Mic Tower will be ADA accessible and offer physical challenges for users of all ages. Phase 1 construction is anticipated to be complete in late spring of 2018.
Phase 2 of the project, funding for which is part of the proposed 2017 GO Bond package currently being considered by Denver City Council, will include an equipment rental kiosk, community plaza, performance stage, the remainder of the Play Loop, and the Fitness Loop. The kiosk building will serve as a mini outdoor recreation center that will have recreational equipment available for check-out and serve as a gathering place for the community with a variety of programmed activities such as healthy cooking classes and group athletic classes. The stage will be available for events such as live performances and movies in the park. The Fitness Loop will provide a quarter-mile walking track with opportunities for outdoor recreation.
About Denver Parks and Recreation
Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities are unrivaled in the Rocky Mountain West. The DPR system spans over a 149-year history, from the first park created in 1868 to nearly 20,000 acres of urban parks and mountain parkland today. A variety of amenities and activities are available within our 27 recreation centers, as well as outdoor programs and sports for all ages and abilities.