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Media Previews Shoemaker Plaza at Confluence Park Ahead of Grand Opening

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) today provided the media a preview of the newly renovated Shoemaker Plaza at Confluence Park as construction wraps up in advance of the public grand opening celebration this coming Saturday.

The completion of Confluence Park marks the first project of Phase II of River Vision—the expanded plan to improve the South Platte River corridor and make it the premier outdoor recreation destination and environmental educational resource for the city and the state. Since 2012, multiple partner organizations have joined together and raised nearly $50 million toward the renovation of parks along the South Platte River. Phase I of River Vision created more than 30 acres of new parkland and greenways, and Phase II will include 4 additional revitalization efforts north of Confluence Park.

“For our growing city, it’s never been more important to protect, preserve and grow our parks and recreational opportunities, and reclaiming the river has been vital in celebrating and cultivating new outdoor experiences for Denver residents,” Mayor Hancock said. “Phase I of the River Vision investment has already transformed the banks of the South Platte into a spectacular network of parks for residents to enjoy, and there are more great improvements to come.”

Phase I of River Vision broke ground in 2013 and wrapped up this past spring with the completion of Grant Frontier Park and also included Johnson Habitat, Vanderbilt and Pasquinel’s Landing. In addition to Shoemaker Plaza, Phase II will include:
Globeville Landing Park
• Heron Pond/Northside Park Master Plan
River North (RiNo) Park
• RiNo Promenade

The completely rebuilt Shoemaker Plaza is now ADA compliant and includes improved bicycle and pedestrian flow, increased river access, and new gathering places that will create a vibrant environment at Denver’s historic birthplace.

On Saturday, October 14, Mayor Hancock, DPR and other city leaders, the Greenway Foundation, Great Outdoors Colorado and other community partners will celebrate the grand opening of Shoemaker Plaza at 1 p.m. Festivities will include a live performance by the Cherry Creek Dance Performing Company, music, local food trucks, and river recreational demonstrations including kayaking, fly fishing and paddle boards.

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.

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