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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

CLOSURE ALERT: Cherry Creek Trail by Cook Park

The Cherry Creek Trail by Cook Park will be closed starting THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 at 7:00 AM until FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 due to repairs. View the closure map and detour.


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

Quebec to Central Park Blvd.

Beginning June 17, 2019: A water control construction project requires heavy-duty vehicles 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.  Work is scheduled to conclude in late October. Thank you for your patience & apologies for the inconvenience! 

Thurs. August 22, 2019:

Work will be conducted on the BNSF Railway bridge next to Globeville Landing Park-- north of Washington Street and Ringsby Court, resulting in a one day closure of the South Platte Trail on 08/22/2019 while scaffolding to protect trail users is installed.

The trail will reopen once the scaffolding is in place, which will remain in place over the trail for the duration of the BNSF project. 

The August 22 detour will route trail users onto the sidewalk on Washington Street at 45th Avenue and Arkins Court, north and south of the railway bridge.

Alert 8/30/2019: Rail bridge at Phil Milstein Park has been damaged by a fire but the repair work has not resulted in a trail closure. While there is work taking place on the rail bridge, flaggers are present to stop trail traffic as equipment crosses the trail.  Please use caution while traveling through the construction area and obey all signs and flagmen instructions. View the emergency repair location information.


Park Construction & Detours

Construction Notice at Cranmer Park, 4501 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80220

Upgrades will begin soon at Cranmer Park! The Terrace will be getting a new look and other updates. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2018.

June 3, 2019: Due to safety risks, the climbing tower at Paco Sanchez Park is CLOSED until further notice while damage to the structure is repaired; at this time estimated to be 2-3 weeks. Other play elements remain open for normal use. 

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 work on the soft-surface loop trail will begin Monday, November 12, 2018. Learn more about this project.

Construction beginning week of Sept. 2:
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

Update as of Aug. 31, 2018: 
Thank you to all who came out to celebrate the opening of the new Washington Park regional playground! As envisioned by the 2011 Washington Park Master Plan, this new playground replaces the north playground by the boathouse as the regional playground for the area.

Beginning September 2018, the north playground will be removed, as the wooden structure is past its useful life and poses safety concerns, such as splinters, for children playing on it. Demolition of the north playground is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 17, 2018.

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) will conduct a public process with the neighborhood starting in late 2018, to discuss design ideas to re-envision this space based on the park’s master plan. We look forward to working with the community to discuss ideas for this area.

Learn more about this project and upcoming public meetings.