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Orange bike and pedestrian trail detour sign.

 

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) is constantly working to improve the 100+ miles of trails in the city's park system. When doing improvements there may be temporary detours due to construction. DPR is committed to providing the safest detours available for the shortest amount of time necessary to minimize impacts to users.

 

Although we make every attempt to keep the public informed about the status of our multi-use trails, there are times when they must be closed immediately and may not be noted on this page.  Please be aware of unforeseen conditions due to weather or other unexpected events and be prepared to use alternate routes if necessary.


Regional Trail Detours in Denver

Cherry Creek Trail @ 14th Avenue Bridge & Speer Blvd.

Late Sept. 2020 - Spring 2021

As part of the Elevate Denver Bond Program, which voters approved in 2017 to fund critical improvements to infrastructure, Denver’s Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) will replace a 60-year-old bridge on West 14th Avenue between NB/SB Speer Boulevard. DOTI will also make safety improvements for those who walk and bike over the bridge, which will include building new pedestrian ramps, wider sidewalks, and installing a raised bicycle track over the 14th Avenue Bridge. 

Construction is anticipated to begin in late September 2020, which will require a section of the Cherry Creek Trail that runs underneath the West 14th Avenue bridge to close while work is underway. Trail users will be detoured onto a closed lane of Speer Blvd. and reconnected with the trail immediately north of Colfax Ave. Detour signage will be in place during construction. 

Download the project information sheet and detour maps (PDF)

Learn more about DOTI projects. 

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E. Iliff Ave. to S. Quebec St. 

Beginning July/August 2019: Concrete Express will begin construction of the Cherry Creek Corridor Improvements Project. Work will occur in and along Cherry Creek  and is anticipated to last approx. 2 years. 

The work includes stream improvements, site grading, revegetation and recreational-use trails. Trail detours are anticipated to begin Fall 2019-- please check back for more details as they become available. 

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Additional Cherry Creek Trail information

August 25 - 26 | Yosemite & Cherry Creek Dr. S:
Tree work will impact the High Line Canal Trail near where the trail intersects Cherry Creek Trail. Please use the posted detour to access the High Line Canal Trail at S. Yosemite St. and Cherry Creek Dr. S. Please follow the posted detour along E. Amherst Dr. 

Additional High Line Canal Trail information

Quebec to Central Park Blvd.

Beginning August 21, 2020: Sand Creek Trail will be closed for approx. one month starting Friday, August 21, 2020. The closure is related to upgrading a sewer pipe associated with the Central 70 project. The lead contractor on the project Kiewit, will be providing a detour for the duration of the closure. Please follow the posted detour route along Quebec, Yosemite, and Central Park Blvd.

Sept. 29, 2020 - TBD | Johnson Habitat Park - W. Mississippi Ave.

The timber retaining wall has failed and the trail will remain closed until the conditions can be made safe for trail users. Engineers were onsite testing the wall when the failure occurred so the work to replace the wall has been accelerated. For safety the trail must remain closed until further notice. Please follow the posted detour route. Thank you for your continued patience.

View detour map (PDF)

 

Construction Projects

A project to repair a drainage pond in Harvard Gulch Park will result in the closure of a segment of East Harvard Gulch Trail through the park. The project will run from October 1 to December 31, 2020. Please follow the posted detour for the duration of the project.

View detour map (PDF)

Beginning Summer 2020:

A two-phase project by Denver Parks and Recreation to repair the trail along Weir Gulch between Alameda Avenue and Barnum Recreation Center (see map) is scheduled to begin Summer of 2020. Phase 1, in green on the map, will repair the existing asphalt trail.

The section of trail between Perry St. and Lowell Blvd. will be reconstructed in concrete as part of Phase 2, orange on the map, scheduled to begin Fall of 2020. This phase will also include replacement of the existing basketball court at Bayaud Ave. near Utica St. 

During construction, both phases will include trail detours. To stay informed of detours and construction schedule visit denvergov.org/traildetours.  For more information about the project contact Jason Coffey at Jason.coffey@denvergov.org or leave a voicemail at 720-913-0676.  

View project map (JPG)

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Reparaciones al sendero de Weir Gulch y cancha de baloncesto

Un proyecto de Denver Parks and Recreation de dos fases para reparar el sendero a lo largo de Weir Gulch entre Alameda Avenue y el Centro de Recreación de Barnum (ver mapa) comenzara en el verando del 2020. La Fase 1, en verde en el mapa, reparará el actual sendero de asfalto.         

La sección del sendero entre Perry St. y Lowell Blvd. se reconstruirá en concreto como parte de la Fase 2, naranja en el mapa, programada para comenzar en el otoño del 2020. Esta fase también incluirá el reemplazo de la existente cancha de baloncesto en Bayaud Ave. cerca de Utica St.

Durante la construcción, ambas fases incluirán desvíos. Para mantenerse informado sobre los desvíos y el programa de construcción, visite denvergov.org/traildetours. Para obtener más información sobre el proyecto, contacte a Jason Coffey a su correo electrónico, Jason.coffey@denvergov.org o deje un mensaje de voz al 720-913-0676.

View map (JPG)

North Playground Replacement

As envisioned by the 2011 Washington Park Master Plan, the new playground (Aug. 2018) along the park's diagonal road replaces the north playground by the boathouse as the regional playground for the area.

In September 2018 the north playground was removed, as the wooden structure was past its useful life and posed safety concerns.

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) will conduct a public process with the neighborhood to discuss design ideas to re-envision this space based on the park’s master plan. Timing for this project is TBD. Stay tuned for public outreach details!
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Basketball Court/Ditch

The basketball court on the west side of Washington Park has been decomissioned and will serve as the construction stage for the adjacent ditch project, currently in the design phase and scheduled to be complete sometime in 2021. This will help minimize construction impacts in the high-use area. Once the ditch project is complete, DPR will demolish the old asphalt and restore the area with sod.

Learn more about current park projects and upcoming public meetings.

 

E-Device Rule Directive: May - Nov. 2019

Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) is implementing a 180-day Rule Directive that will allow e-devices on Denver trails and park facilities. During this pilot period, DPR will evaluate how e-device use can safely interact with other park activities.

E-devices are defined as electric and/or battery-powered bicycles, scooters, skateboards, “Segways”, unicycles and similar standing or sitting low-powered mobility devices.

Read the full 180-day Rule Directive. (PDF)

Why
E-devices have become increasingly popular in the past couple of years, prompting city agencies and officials to take a closer look at rules that govern public rights-of-way and how they impact mobility options for people traveling throughout Denver. DPR is aware that e-devices are being used in parks and on trails and must evaluate how to best manage this activity.

When
To accommodate the growing number of e-bike and scooter users, DPR has decided to formally evaluate how these devices impact park and trail visitors via the 180-day Rule Directive.

The 180-day directive will be in place May 17 – November 11, 2019 with a public hearing with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and pending public feedback.

What is an e-device?
E-devices are defined as electric and/or battery-powered bicycles, scooters, skateboards, “Segways”, unicycles and similar standing or sitting low-powered mobility devices.


Where will e-devices be allowed?
With some exceptions, e-devices will be allowed wherever bicycles are currently allowed.


What yield pattern should be followed?

E-devices must yield to everyone and bicycles must yield to pedestrians—all must keep right and announce to pass on the left.


What is NOT allowed on trails?

If a device can be registered for street use, it is not allowed on off-street trails or sidewalks. Additionally, no device more than half the width of a trail is allowed (trails are about 10 feet wide in most areas)—everyone should be conscious of riding side-by-side and refrain from doing so in crowded areas.


Can trails now be accessed for commercial use?

Current rules regarding vending and commercial use still apply. Anyone using park facilities for commercial operation must only be passing through and cannot stage within DPR facilities.


How will rules be enforced?
The DPR Park Ranger program will continue hiring additional seasonal staff to accommodate system-wide needs during the busy warm-weather months. As always, Park Rangers will proactively patrol DPR’s most heavily-used facilities to help identify problem areas and educate visitors about park rules, public resources, trail etiquette, safety issues and more.


How can residents report concerns?
During the pilot period, residents were able to report concerns via an online tool that included detailed location information. Park use violations should be reported to 311 (720.913.1311) while the activity is occurring so that a Park Ranger can be dispatched if necessary.


How will this pilot be evaluated?

Please report any incidents related to the use of e-devices via the online evaluation tool which will be used to track potential problem-areas and challenges related to e-vehicles in parks and on trails.

At the end of the 180-day pilot period, DPR will evaluate issues reported via this online tool, 311 and pocketgov reports, along with incidents logged by Park Rangers. DPR recognizes the popularity of e-devices as a convenient method of transportation and may implement rule modifications to help make them a successful transportation option while maximizing the safety of other park and trail users. 

For the safety and enjoyment of all park users, cyclists, e-device users and pedestrians must follow trail rules and etiquette: 

  • Speed limit: 15 MPH (as conditions allow—slow down if necessary!)
  • Yield when entering the trail
  • Yield to pedestrians
  • Do not stop in travel lanes
  • Stay to the right; announce to pass on the left
  • Lights must be on after sundown
  • Always wear a helmet!
  • Do not occupy more than half the width of the trail, either single-device or side-by-side
  • Call 311 (720.913.1311) to report incidents, camps, crashes & concerns
  • Submit feedback on the Rule

NOTE: This rule impacts Denver Parks and Trails ONLY.

 

Denver Parks & Recreation

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201 West Colfax Ave, Dept. 601
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 913-1311
ParksandRecreation@denvergov.org
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