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THE OUTDOOR DOWNTOWN

Commons Park Activities

As part of The Outdoor Downtown's goal to create vibrant outdoor spaces in Denver's urban core, free programming is brought to Commons Park during the summer months in partnership with the Riverfront Park Neighborhood Association. 

Drop-in Sketching in Nature
Have fun doing quick and easy nature studies with an experienced and  supportive instructor. Each week you will have the chance to use pencils, ink pens and add a pop of color, and make a great little piece of art to take away. All supplies included for these free drop in classes.

Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 p.m.
June 12 - August 7

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Riverfront Concert Series | Summer 2019
The Commons Park Concert Series is presented by Swallow Hill Music and the Riverfront Park Neighborhood Assocition with the goal of bringing a variety of quality performances to the community.

Concerts take place on "the hill" in Commons Park.

Commons Park | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Season Opener (Saturday)
Jun 15 Brett Dennen

Regular Season (Thursday)
Jun 27 - Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles
Jul 11 - Ricky Earl Band feat. Cherise
Jul 25 - Grown Ass Man Band
Aug 8 - Freddy & Francine
Aug 22 - Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
Sep 12 - Roka Hueka

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2019 Free Summer Programs
June 6 - August 31

Meet instructors near the park's Central Lawn (flyer with map linked below)

FITNESS & WELLNESS WEATHER LINE: 720-913-4540

Yoga on Tuesdays & Thursdays | 6:00 - 7:00pm
This meditative practice includes longer holds to ignite the body's internal heat and allow deep release to occur.
Students learn to balance strength with flexibility and effort to surrender in each pose.

AOA Beginner Yoga on Thursdays | 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
50+ approved class. Experience yoga in a therapeutic and supportive setting to help improve your flexibility, balance, and mind-body connection. Move through a variety of exercises in this class suitable for every fitness level.

Tai Chi on Thursdays | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Often called moving meditation, this is a graceful form of exercise that helps reduce stress and improve overall health through stretching and gentle movement.

Group Training on Saturdays | NEW TIME - 8:00 - 9:00 am
Utilizing a variety of equipment combined with plyometric and agility movements, this station-based class will deliver an incredible, full-body workout in minimal time.

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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Master Plan Background Information

Denver Parks & Recreation and the Downtown Denver Partnership are collaborating to create an innovative master plan for downtown Denver’s outdoor spaces.  The 20-year plan will focus on enhancing quality of life in the downtown area through investment in parks and public spaces.

These outdoor spaces will create a vibrant, sustainable downtown that supports a growing city and economy.

The master plan will serve as a supplement to the 2007 Downtown Area Plan and Denver Parks & Recreation Game Plan.

Through community input, stakeholder feedback and pilot programs, the plan asseses current and future land use and helps determine the department's priorities for:

  • recreational needs
  • programming & partnership opportunities
  • necessary policies
  • operations & management
  • financing future assets & acquisitions
  • implementation strategy

Why now?

This is a defining decade in the history and development of Downtown Denver. The city is experiencing unprecedented economic and population growth. Nearly 20,000 people call Downtown Denver home – a 279% increase since 2000. That number is expected to grow to more than 22,000 residents by 2020 according to the May 2016 State of Downtown report. In 2016, we saw the construction of 1.6 million square feet of new office space, with an additional 1.1 million square feet planned for development.

Traditionally, metropolitan areas have sought to meet a baseline standard of 10 acres of parks land for every 1,000 residents. Currently, Denver's downtown area has only 5.7 acres of park space per 1,000 residents, well below typical national standards and continually dropping as new development occurs.

Urban areas often struggle to meet this standard due to space constraints, steep costs for land acquisition and rising population growth. City planners are now focusing on access to quality space over quantity, with a goal of all residents living within 3 walking minutes to quality outdoor space and 5 walking minutes to a neighborhood park.

Public outreach began in 2014 and continued through early 2016. Park planners and other city staff attended many public events such as Meet in the Streets, Civic Center EATS, and other festivals in the downtown area. 

Meet in the Streets Gehl report

Roundtable Discussion: November 17, 2014
Key themes

Public Meeting 1: December 9, 2014
145 participants
presentation | summary | boards | existing spaces

Public Meeting 2: October 13, 2015
117 participants
presentation

Public Meeting 3: January 26, 2016
85 participants
presentation

 

October 2017: Read the final plan for The Outdoor Downtown (PDF)

 

If you are unable to access this plan document, please send an email to parksandrecreation@denvergov.org.

If you are unable to access any of the documents linked on this page, please submit a comment in the "Contact Us" box to the right and someone will be in touch with you.

 
News, Events & Resources

2017 Year-End Summary

This document summarizes "a year in the life" of Downtown parks, public spaces and those who care for them, comparing changes from 2016 to 2017. 

Read the Summary (PDF)

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Final master plan now available!

October 3, 2017: Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City Officials, Downtown Denver Partnership and Community Partners Celebrate The Outdoor Downtown Plan

Read the plan now: download the PDF

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Off-Leash Dog Area @ Speer Blvd. Park

This temporary pilot is now over. Please check back for updates on future pop-up parks!

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Other Downtown Projects & Events

Events & Activities at Skyline Park
(Downtown Denver Partnership)

The Square on 21st
(Summer 2017 partnership with Denver CPD & DDP)

The Mall Experience
(Denver Community Planing & Development)

The Next Stage
(Denver Performing Art Complex)

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