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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.

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Denver Trail Detours

Monaco Parkway

As of January 2020: The Cherry Creek Trail at Monaco Parkway is closed until further notice due to flooding as the result of a beaver dam. Short-term flood mitigation strategies have been evaluated and determined to have too great an impact on the beaver lodge and family at this time.

Discussions with the Mile High Flood Control District on a permanent long-term solution have begun. The goal is to improve trail design and the ability for wildlife and trail users to coexist in this area which is low-lying, making it both prone to flooding and an attractive habitat to beavers.

In the meantime, trail users should exit at Monaco and use the crosswalk at Cherry Creek Dr. N. Apologies for the inconvenience and thanks for your patience as we work to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. 

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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. 


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! 

Dec. 12-20, 2019 | Carpio Sanguinette Park

Metro Wastewater’s interceptor repair project requires a short detour off the paved trail onto a crusher fine side path at Carpio Sanguinette Park on the northern section of the South Platte River Trail. Please use caution in the work zone and follow signs and instructions while traveling through the detour. Thank you for your patience during the detour which is scheduled from 12/12/2019 through 12/20/2019.

View the detour map (PDF)


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. 

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.