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Washington Park Loop Road Improvements

Denver Parks and Recreation will begin improvements to the Washington Park Loop Road in order to create a safer and more enjoyable experience for visitors while maintaining the unique character of Washington Park.

Washington Park’s Loop Road is a 2.2-mile internal park road that roughly follows the perimeter of the park and is popular for cycling, walking, rollerblading and jogging.    It is unique in that it offers the only continuous loop in Denver available to cyclists and other wheeled recreational travel.

Modifications to the road will address major congestion points, parking access, and unsafe areas near entrances and parking lots where cyclists, pedestrians and cars come together. The new configuration will also create better separation between differential speed groups, as well as clearly define user-circulation to raise safety awareness. 

Weather permitting, construction will begin the week of June 19 and is estimated to be completed in approximately 4 weeks. During construction, access to all interior parking lots will be available, and detours will be clearly identified with temporary signage and barriers.

Prior to construction, parallel parking along the Washington Park Loop Road will be removed to improve safety and widen lanes to establish a more uniform and intuitive lane configuration as recommended in the 2015 Washington Park Loop Safety Plan and the 2011 Washington Park Master Plan. Temporary signage will be posted notifying park users of the upcoming lane reconfigurations and the schedule and removal of the remaining parallel parking spaces on the Loop Road. 

Modifications will include: 

  • Lane configuration improvements comprised of a two-way pedestrian lane separated by a two-foot painted buffer from two unidirectional lanes that accommodate wheel-based recreation
  • Crosswalk and car traffic zone improvements consisting of hatched buffers, flexible bollards, green dashed pavement markings, shared lane markings, pavement markings, and painted crosswalks
  • Signage improvements and the addition of new lane configuration signs, speed limit signs and vehicular regulatory traffic signs. These signs will be installed in strategic areas throughout the park to ensure maximum opportunity for education and awareness of the rules and regulation along Loop Road and throughout Washington Park.