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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.

Denver Trail Detours

Cherry Creek Dam - Confluence Park

May 27, 2020: The US Army Corps of Engineers will be conducting the annual sediment flush from Cherry Creek Dam. This year’s flush will be the big flush and the Cherry Creek Trail will experience flooding. Please use caution if using the Cherry Creek Trail and be prepared for portions of the trail to be submerged. Please do not enter flooded trail segments. 


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. 


Additional Cherry Creek Trail information

October 7 - November 7 | S Parker Rd. to S. Havana St:
Contractors working for the City and County of Denver will be preforming maintenance work on trees along the High Line Canal Trail from S. Parker Rd. to S. Havana St. October 7 through November 7, 2019. The work will take place Monday through Friday only. The trail will remain open but please use caution when crews are in the area and obey all posted signs and flagger instructions. Thank you for your patience during the project.

Additional High Line Canal Trail information

Quebec to Central Park Blvd.

Beginning June 17, 2019: A water quality construction project requires heavy-duty equipment that cause safety risks for trail users. Work is expected to last through the summer and early fall. Therefore, trail users will be routed north along 40th Ave; through the Northfield shopping area; and then south back to the trail.  The trail is anticipated to reopen in March 2020. Thanks for your patience and apologies for the inconvenience! 

May 18, 2020 | Globeville Landing Park

BNSF Railway will be closing the South Platte River Trail near Globeville Landing Park, south of I-70 and north of Washington Street while bridge inspections are underway. The trail will be closed on Monday, May 18 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please follow the signed detour route provided by BNSF. See the map showing the location of the bridge inspection closure.


Park Construction & Detours

Re-Imagine Play Phase 2: Construction continues on Phase 2 of Re-Imagine Play and is scheduled to be complete summer 2020.

Construction Notice: Starting Monday February 11, construction will begin for the Rude Park Ballfield and Access Improvements project.

Please make note of the construction fence around the perimeter for the duration of the project. The portion of Lakewood Gulch Trail being used as the construction access route will be closed – please see map for alternate route (JPG).

Construction should be complete in 6 -7 months. We appreciate your patience, as the improvements will bring a Tier A ballfield, covered dugouts, new fencing, an accessible route from the parking lot to the ballfield, and more. Please email with question. 

Feb. 24 - March 16, 2020 | Sloan’s Lake SE Bridge

On Saturday, February 29 and Saturday, March 7 (weather permitting), the City and County of Denver will remove and replace an aging pedestrian bridge at the southeast corner of Sloan’s Lake Park. The work will require the full closure of 17th Avenue from Perry to Newton Streets. Osceola Street between 16th and 17th Avenues will be open to local traffic only. Work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both Saturdays.

On those two Saturdays when crews are using a crane to remove/replace the bridge, people walking around the lake will be rerouted to the south side of 17th Avenue to avoid the bridge work. When the crane is not in use, people will be able to utilize the crusher fine trail adjacent to the pedestrian bridge for walking.

Fully closing these areas on two Saturdays will allow crews to complete the work more quickly and prevent multiple weekday closures. Crews will also be utilizing the small parking lot just west of the bridge for some equipment staging and storage.

Message boards are in place to alert commuters about the closures and encourage them to use alternate routes. Access to residences will be maintained while work is underway. The public’s patience and cooperation are greatly appreciated. All work is weather dependent and subject to change.

Construction beginning week of Sept. 2, 2019:
Construction on the recently completed redesign of Swansea Park Playground is scheduled to begin the week of September 2, 2019 with an estimated completion date of December 2019. The Swansea Park Playground Renovation is a 0.83 acre update to the existing Swansea Park Playground at Swansea Recreation Center.

The project removes the existing playground equipment and salvages the existing sidewalk. Additional play equipment will be added to the existing play area.

During this time, fencing will remain around the perimeter of the park at the playground areas, closing it to the public. Access to Swansea Recreation Center, the multi-use fields and the parking lot will be unaffected.

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!

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)

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.

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
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