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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

Tues. Oct 1 - Thurs. Oct. 3 | Wynkoop St. to Confluence Park

The pedestrian side of Cherry Creek Trail from Wynkoop St. to Confluence Park will be closed to repair damaged concrete. Pedestrians will be detoured onto the sidewalk along Speer Blvd. Parkway. 

View detour map (PDF)


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 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! 

Monday Oct. 7 - Tuesday Oct. 8 | Cuernavaca Park - Park Ave:

South Platte River Trail will be closed October 7-8, 2019 for BNSF Railway to work on the rail bridge south of Park Avenue. The trail passes under the bridge and for safety during the project the trail must be closed. Please follow the posted detour route provided by BNSF. Thank you for your patience during the project.

View detour map (PDF)


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.