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Plans in Progress

A master plan is a guide for future uses of parkland and may be developed for any regional or community park. A plan results from a collaborative public process, led by park planners and involving residents, business owners, community groups and other stakeholders. Plans guide and ensure the orderly and appropriate development of parks, including such elements as playgrounds, restrooms, sports fields and other recreational amenities. While plans are not law, they do lay the foundation for park maintenance and design standards. We encourage you to get involved in park planning initiatives going on in your neighborhood. 

Plans currently in progress are listed below.

Current list of Planning Projects

Planning Projects in Progress

In 2007, Denver voters passed the Better Denver Bond program in which $11 million dollars was appropriated for land acquisition and design services for the Central Denver Recreation Center. After a year of research on various sites in the area, the location selected for the new recreation center was Colfax Avenue and Josephine Street.  Learn more...

Re-Imagine Play is a concept for a new regional play area within Denver’s Paco Sanchez Park.  The concept is developed around a very simple assertion:  rather than the familiar bounded play area that is tucked discreetly into a corner of a park, the PORT/Indie team has imagined a distributed, fully-accessible play circuit with the capacity to activate and re-orient the entire park toward a one-of-a-kind active landscape.

Read more about Re-Imagine Play (originally City Loop)

Johnson Habitat Park is scheduled to open in June 2015!

The City of Nairobi Park, at East 35th

Avenue and Madison, is in the process of replacing the existing playground. At the Civic Association of Clayton neighborhood meeting on October 4, 2012, Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the design team of Mundus Bishop Design presented background information, historic and current context of the park, and preliminary design concepts. Design will continue through January and construction is scheduled to start late winter 2013. DPR will post an update of preferred concept in November. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Greg Kaiser at 720-913-0621 or

City of Nairobi Park Prelimenary Presentation

City Park Master Plan
City Park is the largest and most notable park in Denver. The park contains the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Ferril and Duck Lakes and a boathouse. It encompasses 320 acres of developed parkland.

    Revitalizing the Legacy of City Park   
    Park Facts
    5280 Trail Alignment
    Arboretum Brochure 

Confluence Park is Denver’s most notable cultural, historic and natural resource in the downtown area.  Over 150 years ago with the discovery of gold, the city was founded at this location where the South Platte River and Cherry Creek converge in the Central Platte Valley.  The face of the confluence has changed considerably over time as adjacent land uses changed from the original mining settlements to industrial dumpsites.  In 1974, the City County of Denver and The Greenway Foundation formed a valuable public-private partnership to reclaim the South Platte River from a place of abuse and abandonment to a recreational and environmental amenity.  The area now known as Confluence Park was the first and highest priority of the partnership to reclaim and revitalize it as a vibrant and inspiring place for Denver and its citizens.  The park is the heart of an extensive 850-mile bike trail network throughout the Denver metropolitan area; and is surrounded by regional attractions, such as the REI Flagship store, Platte River Trolley, Elitch Gardens and the Downtown Aquarium.  The park’s points provide many opportunities for people to enjoy summer concerts, picnic, relax on the “beach” and experience the best whitewater kayaking course along the South Platte River.

Since the dedication in September 1975, Confluence Park has evolved with a number of additional improvements and enhancements, the latest of which will be the reconstruction of Shoemaker Plaza and the South Platte River Trail access.

Confluence Park Master Plan
Confluence Park Master Plan- Executive Summary

Flores Park Playground is being renovated!
Denver Parks and Recreation is in the process of designing an existing small playground at Flores Park. The existing equipment is outdated and in need of replacing. The new equipment will be designed to accommodate younger children that challenge their physical skills and abilities based on the latest play industry standards. The design should be complete by October 2012 and be ready for construction this fall/ winter. Depending on the weather, installation may be complete early spring 2013.  For questions or comments please contact Greg Kaiser at 720.913.0621 or

Flores Park Concepts pdf

Garland Park Playground
Denver Parks and Recreation and their design consultants, Stream Design + Urban Play Studio presented a new playground concept for David T. Garland Park at the Cook Park Rec Center on Tuesday evening, February 12, 2013. Garland Park is in southeast Denver (S. Monaco and E. Cherry Creek North Dr.) and has two existing playgrounds that are scheduled for removal and relocated in the fall of 2013. After conducting a neighborhood survey and site analysis, the new playground concept combines the play activities into a larger, easier accessible playground near the beach volley ball courts and adjacent to the recently built restroom. Please contact Greg Kaiser at 720-913-0621 or

Garland Park Play Area Site Selection pdf

The Genesee and Katherine L Craig Mountain Parks – Park and Trail Improvement Plan will be available to download shortly.  Please check back.

Genesee Final Plan

Genesee Park Improvement Plan
The City and County of Denver Parks and Recreation Department is developing an implementation plan for the Genesee Park and Katherine L. Craig Mountain Park properties. The purpose of this plan is to define appropriate uses for these properties, which will be based on a natural resource and facilities assessment, interviews with stakeholders and other efforts to understand visitor needs. The result will be an integrated trails and park improvements plan, which will include sustainable strategies for long term management of natural resources and visitor use.

The plan is intended to create an overall vision for the future of recreation and preservation for the Genesee Park and Katherine L. Craig Tract properties. Furthermore, this plan will identify standards, prioritize projects, and refine strategies for implementing and monitoring this vision.

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the creation of the Mountain Park system, and Genesee Park was the first park established in the system. It is fitting to unveil a new park plan for Genesee, as well as the Katherine L. Craig Tract, on the year of this notable anniversary. 

How Can You Help?
Throughout this planning process, the City and County of Denver will be soliciting input from a project advisory group as well as the general public to help inform the planning team throughout the planning process for the Genesee Park and Katherine L. Craig properties.  After several months of collecting information and meeting with the advisory committee, a series of alternatives will be developed for the properties, resulting in a preferred alternative that will be presented to the public.

Open House #1 - Site Assessment Plan, July 26, 2012

Please refer to the exhibits below that were presented at the first public open house.

Existing Conditions / Site Assessment Boards

Challenge Course  
Day Use Areas  
Genesee Exit  
Genesee Mountain Flagpole  
Genesee Mountain Group Use  
Chief Hosa Campground and Lodge  
Chief Hosa North Campground  
Katherine L. Craig Tract  
Overall Facilities Map  
Overall Facilites Key Map  
Patrick House Map  
Visitor Survey  
Welcome Board

Open House #2 - Program Concept Alternatives
Please refer to the exibits below that were presented at the second public open house. 
1. Genesee Vision and Goals
2. Project Program - Overall Site
3. Genesee Program - Sites
4. Alternatives
5. Natural Resources

Open House #3 - Preferred Concept
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Chief Hosa Lodge

In 2006 the Metropolitan Denver area took an ambitious step towards more sustainable development by launching the Mile High Million (MHM) Tree Initiative. The MHM goal is to plant one million trees by 2025. Thus far 250,000 trees have been planted. There is growing recognition that trees provide long-term environmental, economic, and health benefits critical to vibrant and livable cities. Read more about the Urban Forest Assessment here.

Final Report (3/2013)

Urban Forest Information by the Numbers (graphic)

Overland Park Improvements
The Greenway Foundation and the City and County of Denver
Parks and Recreation Department will be making improvements at
Overland Pond Park in the Spring / Summer of 2013. The improvements
are being funded through a State of Colorado “Fishing is Fun” grant and
managed by both the Greenway Foundation and Denver Parks and Recreation.

The project generally includes three elements:

#1 – Overland Pond Dock Replacement
This work involves the removal of an existing wood dock structure and replacing with a new dock structure. The old dock pier/footings will be
removed and new pier/footings will be installed. The dock is located on the south side of Overland Pond.

#2 – Accessible “Boat” Launch
A proposed accessible boat launch is planned for the site. This boat launch is located at the northern edge of Overland Pond and will consist
of a gravel trail and a faux rock/concrete structure at the pond edge. (The boat launch will be used for stocking the pond and fishing events.
The launch will also provide another accessible area to fish from.)

#3 – Warm Water Fish Habitat Creation
Three areas of Overland Pond will be excavated to create deeper warm water fish habitats in Overland Pond.
A total of 250 cubic yards of material will be excavated and hauled off-site.

We anticipate constructing these improvements during the spring/summer of 2013.

See flyer here.

River South (RISO) Greenway Master Plan Completed
The River South Greenway Master Plan is a park, recreation and open space plan that sets a vision for the South Platte River and creates development, financial and regulatory guidelines for parkland along the River between 20th Street to the Denver-Englewood/Sheridan city limits on the south.

    - Chapter 2
    - Chapter 3
    - Chapter 4
    - Appendix

For more information, contact Jeff Shoemaker:  303-818-8078.
River North Greenway Master Plan Adopted (RINO)
RINO Master Plan (Final)

River Vision Implementation Plan (RVIP)

- Part 1    - Part 2

Confluence Park
   -Community Input
   -Plans and Sketches
   -Park Use Areas

Grant Frontier Park
   -Rendering 1
   -Rendering 2

Sun Valley Community Park
   -Master Plan (Plan View)

   -News Release, 1/19/2012

The Ruby Hill Park Master Plan is the result of a public participation planning process in 2003.

Phase II Concept Plans 

English Survey 

Spanish Survey 

The Ruby Hill Master Plan Phase II will be a two part project.  The first part will be to develop a 60% plan set for the entire park.  The scope of Part 1 will include pedestrian circulation, multi-use path circulation, vehicle circulation and parking for large events, and the addition of an outdoor amphitheater within the park.  The scope of Part 2 concentrates on the implementation of the master plan for the upper area and will include the playground partially completed in Phase I, an outdoor activities area with volleyball and basketball courts, a skate skills area, and a new spray pad. Further improvements to the paths and connections to the proposed trails system through the entire park are also part of this scope. Construction will begin in January of 2014.

Ruby Hill Bike Park Concepts

The South Platte River Corridor: Completing the Vision


Washington Park Diagonal Improvements
master planning and design for the diagonal area. (The diagonal area is the area adjacent to the diagonal road located on the south side of the Great Meadow and on the north side of Grassmere Lake; this area includes the playground, picnic area, tennis & basketbal courts, diagonal road and parking areas.)

Documents from Meeting #1:
Washington Park Diagonal-PowerPoint-Public Meeting #1
Washington Park Diagonal-Meeting Notes-Public Meeting #1

Documents from Meeting #2
Washington Park Diagonal-PowerPoint-Public Meeting #2
Washington Park Diagonal-Meeting Notes-Public Meeting #2

Documents from Meeting #3
Washington Park Diagonal-PowerPoint-Public Meeting #3
Washington Park Diagonal-Meeting Notes-Public Meeting #3

November 22, 2011 Documents
Washington Park Diagonal Area Plan
Washington Park Diagonal Concept Visualization Plan

Denver Parks & Recreation is in the planning process for the Washington Park “Loop Road.” The goal of this planning process is to make loop road recommendations leading to a safer, more enjoyable amenity within the park. 

DPR’s approach is to invite the public to three phases of planning: 
1) Data gathering
2) Analysis and develop alternatives
3) Future recommendations

Throughout each phase, DPR will publish documents for public review and comment. Below, please find documentation associated with each of the three phases:

Data gathering phase documents

Analysis and alternatives documents

Future recommendations

Washington Park Southeast Entry Improvements
Overview: design for the southeast park access improvements. These improvements will be located at the primary access location at Louisiana Avenue and Franklin Street and at the secondary access location at Louisiana Avenue and Gilpin Street.

Washington Park Southeast Entry -  Entry Wall Column Details
Washington Park Southeast Entry -  Entry Wall Site Plan

FAQ: Proposed Cross-Country Ski Trails

What is the Denver Nordic Ski Association?

The Denver Nordic Ski Association (“Ski Denver”) is a membership-based nonprofit organization dedicated providing free, public access to groomed cross-country ski trails in Denver. The nonprofit officially formed in June 2012. More info:

What is the mission of Ski Denver?

Ski Denver’s mission is to provide access to well-maintained and sustainable cross-country ski areas in Denver, in order to encourage healthy outdoor winter activity, inspire stewardship of public spaces and enrich local communities.

What is the goal for a pilot project?

By establishing groomed skate trails and classic tracks, Ski Denver hopes to encourage skiers to remain in a defined area of a golf course and away from trouble spots such as putting greens and tee boxes, as well as private property. This will help preserve Denver’s terrific public golf courses and also will enable cross-country skiing to remain sustainable in Denver open spaces.

Will skiing be free?

Yes. Skiing will be free for the public to enjoy.

Will this cost the city money?

No. Ski Denver is raising money to buy all necessary grooming equipment and plans to groom trails with an all-volunteer staff. Annual, voluntary Ski Denver membership dues and other fundraising will support grooming operations.

How many ski days do you expect?

The Boulder Nordic Club has a 20-year history of grooming ski trails in Boulder parks. Based on historic averages reported by BNC and data gleaned for the Wellshire area, we anticipate anywhere from five to 20 ski days during the ski season.

Will golf operations be affected?

No. Skiing would only be allowed on days when golf is not possible at the course. Skiing would only occur when enough snowfall accumulates to groom courses with no impact to the ground.

What equipment will be used to groom trails?

Ski Denver is raising money to purchase a snowmobile to groom trails. The snowmobile would operate at slow speeds (less than 10 miles per hour) and only when snow conditions allow for grooming. Ski Denver plans to use similar equipment to that used by Boulder Nordic Club and others that groom trails in a residential setting.

 Will there be snowmaking?

There are no plans to incorporate snowmaking at the proposed pilot project at Wellshire Golf Course.

 Where will the trails be?

Please refer to the attached proposed course map. Access to trails would begin from the Wellshire clubhouse, and skiers would be encouraged to park at the clubhouse parking lot instead of nearby neighborhood streets.

When will trails be open for use?

Trails would be accessible from dusk to dawn on days approved by Denver Golf. 

When will grooming take place?

Grooming primarily would take place during morning hours following a significant snowfall. 

Who will monitor ski operations?

Ski Denver volunteers will monitor the course on all ski days and intermittently on non-ski days to ensure skiers are educated about rules and respectful to the course and surrounding neighborhood. Ski Denver will adjust operations as needed in consultation with the City and residents. 

Why was Wellshire Golf Course selected as the pilot?

Wellshire Golf Course was selected, in consultation with Denver Golf, for a number of factors. For one, the course is closed more days during winter than most Denver public golf courses and centrally located for public enjoyment. Also, due to its relatively high elevation and terrain, the course retains a relatively high amount of snowfall, allowing more potential ski days than most courses. The rolling terrain is ideal for an enjoyable ski experience for beginners and advanced skiers alike. And trails can be set away from private residences.

Do other cities groom ski trails on public land?

Yes, quite a few. Boulder Nordic Club has groomed cross-country ski trails in Boulder public spaces for 20 years, including at North Boulder Park where the club currently operates. The club allows free public access to the trails it grooms using similar equipment proposed by Ski Denver. Minneapolis has perhaps the most extensive network of cross-country ski trails in the continental U.S. The trails are on public golf courses and in parks and are available to the public to use. Groomed cross-country ski trails are available to residents in cities throughout snowy regions, even places with less annual snowfall than Denver. A Nordic ski center lies just 20 minutes outside of Boston. Others exist on golf courses throughout Colorado, the West, Midwest and Northeast states.

Non-Skiing Areas - Overall Map