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Park Improvements

When are park and recreation improvements coming to my neighborhood?

Small fixes like broken sprinklers or playground equipment can be reported through for immediate review from our operations team. Larger projects like playground and court upgrades take longer to complete. Every quarter, planning and park operations management meet to look at department's improvement requests and maintenance reports, using several factors to determine levels of need and priorities throughout the city's 250+ parksand 29 recreation centers.

How are new projects and upgrades in parks and recreation centers prioritized?

Improvements and upgrades are decided on through the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) process: Each quarter, park operations & planning management reviews the list of inquiries and reports that have come in via or Denver 311 (720-913-1311). From there, repairs and upgrades are prioritized based on multiple factors such as safety issues, available resources, location and other current projects going on in the area. Project scope is also considered—sometimes short-term repairs are not completed right away to save resources if a more extensive replacement or upgrade is ultimately needed.

How can I get involved in a volunteer project?

Volunteers are vital in helping Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) provide quality spaces and amenities to the city’s residents, and are needed year-round in urban and mountain parks—visit to connect with our volunteer community, and to sign up for one-time or ongoing projects. Visit to learn more about the various volunteer opportunities within DPR, or to contact the DPR Volunteer Coordinator.


Park Rules

How can I report a problem in a park?

Residents should report issues to or 311 (720-913-1311) so that a case can be generated, routed to the appropriate agency/team, tracked and closed.

How can I report park rule violations?

Park users who witness behavior that violates Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) Rules and Regulations can report the activity while it is occurring to the Denver Park Ranger Office by calling 311 (720-913-1311). Depending on resources available, a Ranger can be dispatched to the area to further assess the situation. For emergencies, call 911.

Who are the Park Rangers?

The mission of Denver Park Rangers is to protect park resources, maximize public safety in parks, and to provide visitors with resources. Rangers patrol daily from 3:00am until 10:30pm by foot, bicycle and motorized vehicles, making contact with park visitors to educate them about the reasons for various rules, regulations and policies. Additionally, Denver Park Rangers host free, educational youth and family activities such as Fishing is Fun and the Jr. Ranger program. Visit for schedules and additional details.

What are the rules on trails?

Bicycles are only allowed on park roads and designated off-street trails and must obey the posted speed limit of 15 miles per hour. Crusher-fine trails are designed with erosion, intersections, landscape and other obstacles in mind to optimize safety and maintenance resources. When joggers and walkers veer off-trail to create shortcuts, surrounding vegetation is damaged which causes further erosion to the trail, increasing maintenance costs and creating collision hazards. Denver Parks and Recreation’s complete list of rules and regulations can be found on

Can I ride electric scooters or bicycles on off-street trails?

Motorized vehicles are defined as any vehicle, device, or trailer (whether or not attached to a motorized vehicle) including but not limited to an automobile, truck, van, sports utility vehicle, recreational vehicle, motorcycle, motor scooter or bike.

The regulation of such devices is important to the safe and harmonious public use of park facilities. City and County of Denver staff are actively working to evaluate current ordinance language and determine the best location for users to operate these types of toy vehicles in the public right-of-way in order to maintain both public safety and infrastructure. Safety for all users of our transportation network is of utmost priority as we review options and evaluate the pilot program.

Learn more about Denver’s policies regarding dockless electric scooters and bikes, including general guidelines for users of these amenities.


Park Operations

When do parks open and close?

Parks are open daily. Urban parks are open from 5:00am to 11:00pm. Mountain parks are open from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset. Remaining in any park property after hours is prohibited.

When do I need a park permit?

Permits are required for gatherings larger than 25 people and for exclusive use of picnic sites and shelters, along with athletic fields. The Park Permit Office can be reached at or 720-913-0700.  Picnic sites are available for reservation April 1–October 1 in urban parks, and May 1–September 30 in mountain parks. Picnic permit requests are accepted each year beginning in mid-February. Visit for more information or to book a site.  

Where can I find a schedule of events in parks?

The Denver Office of Special Events maintains an event calendar of all public events held on city property. Find the schedule at

How do I know if athletic fields are closed?

Athletic fields open in mid-March and close the first week of November, except for synthetic turf fields which are open during the winter season by permit only. Conditions and closure notices can be found by calling the Athletic Field Hotline at 720-865-6978, which is updated daily at 2:00pm. For weather impacts, the hotline is updated at 6:30am Monday-Friday, and 7:30am on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit

Can I park my vehicle in a park overnight?

Overnight parking in parks is prohibited in all parks to minimize potential noise and traffic impacts on neighbors. Parking is only allowed in designated areas during park hours (urban parks: 5am – 11pm; mountain parks: 1 hr. before sunrise – 1 hr. after sunset).

Is there a lost and found?

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) does not maintain a lost and found system. Park Operations staff rarely come across personal items—it is more likely that other park visitors pick up lost items or that their owner finds them by re-visiting the location. If you come across an item you’d like to turn in, email to be connected with the most appropriate maintenance shop or recreation center.

When do park restrooms open?

Park restrooms open mid-April but may close temporarily when temperatures drop below freezing. Portable toilets are deployed at permitted athletic fields the last week in March, and the last week in April at picnic sites. Denver Parks and Recreation tries to keep restrooms open through the permit season but may close them early due to frost.

When are water fountains turned on?

Drinking fountains are activated in early May and kept on until early October. Decorative and interactive play fountains are turned on in late May, usually around Memorial Day, once the threat of frost has passed. Interactive play fountains operate daily from 11:00am – 7:00pm.

Why are some drinking fountains not turned on?

Some drinking fountains were constructed prior to Denver Water implementing upgraded pipeline standards for drinking water. These older drinking fountains do not comply with potable water requirements and are therefore non-operational.

When are flowerbeds planted?

Annual flower displays are planted between mid-May and early June each year and remain in parks until early-mid October when flowerbeds and irrigation systems are winterized.

Why can’t parks be irrigated at night only?

Parks are irrigated during overnight hours into the morning. Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) irrigation systems start at 9:00pm and run through the night in different zones. Because of water flow limitations and the large size of some parks, irrigation zones may run into the morning hours when people are more likely to use parks and trails. Specific days and run-times of certain zones vary significantly due to changing seasonal water needs, rain holds, mow schedules, seed/sod establishment, and associated adjustments to mow schedules. DPR realizes this may cause an inconvenience for some park users and appreciates the public’s understanding of maintenance requirements and scheduling limitations.

What does Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) do about weeds in parks?

An increase in dandelions is common in April and May, following a dry winter and spring. Mow schedules begin late April, making them much less noticeable by summer. If there are still concentrations of weeds in the fall, and in high-traffic turf, operations staff will do their best to spot-spray those areas. Fall is the best time to spray post-emergent perennial and biennial broadleaf weeds such as dandelions, as the herbicides are more likely to reach the root system.

DPR’s goal is to implement Best Management Practices to support a strong turf management program, reducing the need for post-emergent herbicides on broadleaf weeds such as dandelions. DPR’s Best Management Practices include proper irrigation, mowing, fertilization and aeration—which is the most effective way to reduce weed competition in turf and is practiced in the 2,500+ acres of turf maintained by Denver Parks and Recreation.

Why do dog parks close sometimes?

Off-leash areas require continual upkeep which is a shared responsibility with dog park users. Deteriorating conditions due to accumulating pet waste, holes from digging, litter, etc. may result in the closure of a dog park. Signage is posted outside each dog park indicating the status of its condition which is monitored by park staff:

  • Green: Off-leash area is in good condition
  • Yellow: Off-leash area needs attention and will close soon if not cleaned up by dog park users
  • Red: Off-leash area is in poor condition and is closed until a volunteer cleanup is organized

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) established the Adopt-A-Dog Park program to enable civic groups, neighbors, individuals and businesses to help keep their local dog park clean. To organize a volunteer group, visit, fill out the Adopt-a-Dog Park Agreement and return to



How do I sign up for recreation activities?

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) hosts a variety of programming for all ages at the city’s 28 recreation centers and pools. Visit to find drop-in fitness classes along with membership information and our comprehensive activity guide (also available in all Denver Recreation Centers).

When do outdoor pools open?

The outdoor pool season begins the first week of June and lasts until mid-late August. Some pools open earlier and close later than others due to maintenance issues and/or staffing resources. Visit for pool schedules and closure announcements. Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) makes every effort to extend the outdoor pool season as long as possible, but staffing limitations are frequently a challenge, as many lifeguards’ availability is impacted by school schedules. DPR Aquatics offers free lifeguard certification training in an effort to continually recruit team members of all ages. Email for more information.

With the responsibility for keeping the parks and facilities of in the best condition for visitor use, the Department must continually maintain, upgrade, and replace its park landscape and facility improvements. At any given time, there are dozens of park design and construction projects in progress to maintain, improve, and expand the park system. The Capital Projects staff consists of skilled project managers that assemble design teams, prepare design and construction documents, competitively bid and oversee the site construction process.

View DPR's full capital projects list (PDF)

Open Surveys

To gather public feedback and improve planning and design processes, online surveys are open periodically.
Check out the list below to see what's going on in your neighborhood:

Construction & Planning: Current/Recent Project Details

Dustin Redd + South Meadow Concept Design

Open House 3: Saturday, Dec. 15 | 10am-12pm
Carla Madison Recreation Center

Join DPR for the unveiling of the preferred concept for Dustin Redd Playground! This is a an opportunity for the community to provide final input on the design.

Download the flyer (PDF)

Survey 2:

Take the 2nd survey on the Vision Plans: 
[survey CLOSED as of 12/3/2018]

Download playground design graphics:

Vision A: Overall (JPG) | Vision A: Playground (JPG)
Vision B: Overall (JPG) | Vision B: Playground (JPG)

Open House 2: October 17, 2018
Meeting Boards Part 1 (PDF) Meeting Boards Part 2 (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the scope of this project?
Dustin Redd
concept design will include the playground, picnic sites and adjacent walks. Dustin Redd is envisioned to be a community-based playground rather than regional destination. Building upon 2018 City Park Master Plan Update outreach initiatives, continued discussions with the community will inform playground features and design.

Play and picnic will remain in the meadow it is today and will be comparable in size and scale to the existing footprint. The footprint’s location and configuration may shift to enhance relationships between picnic sites, play features and site features (trees, views, adjacencies) and ensure accessibility for all users and adequate buffers from vehicular circulation.

South Meadow concept design will further refine the 2018 City Park Master Plan Update vision for the South Meadow. The master plan established a vision for a variety of linked spaces in City Park’s southeastern corner, including the forested groves, south meadow, Box Canyon, DeBoer Waterway, Pinetum and Lily Pond.

How can I be involved?
During the summer and fall of 2018, there will be open houses and we will be in the park conducting surveys and hosting pop-up events to ensure we engage everyday playground users. Additionally, there will be online surveys and project updates at

I LOVE Dustin Redd Playground! Why is it being replaced?
DPR recognizes that Dustin Redd is a special part of City Park and frequently hears that park users love the playground’s scale, setting within the meadow’s tree canopy and aesthetic.

Unfortunately, this well-loved playground is showing signs of wear. The playground’s condition and associated safety concerns and operational demands warrant complete replacement.

In November 2017, voters approved the Elevate Denver Bond package which allocated funds for design and construction of Dustin Redd. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2020.


Community Outreach

Click here to view feedback from the Open House on September 11, 2018


City Park Master Plan

Learn more about this project.


The  Denver Urban Waterways Restoration Study
is a project to identify restorative improvements to three major urban waterways (Harvard Gulch, Weir Gulch, and the South Platte River from 6th to 58th Avenues) in the City and County of Denver: sponsored by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD), City and County of Denver (CCD), and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB).  Learn more.

study area map, south platte river, weir gulch and harvard gulch

Frequently Asked Questions

What was the impetus for the property exchange?

While purchasing land from Xcel Energy in 2015 presented an opportunity to increase neighborhood access to parkland, funds were not immediately available to develop the empty lot into a park. HM Capital presented DPR with an opportunity to accelerate park design and construction through financial support for a park on the east side of Fairfax Avenue. The east parcel is comparable in size, location and zoning to the former Xcel Energy parcel.  HM Capital would not otherwise be required to provide any open space, but this is a unique opportunity to leverage resources for a shared goal of providing more open space for Denver residents.

View map of project area and properties involved in the exchange (JPG)


What is status of the property exchange?

In 2017, the City developed a Letter of Intent to evaluate and outline the terms of this option. Prior to formalizing an agreement, the process was halted to allow DPR to lead community engagement efforts.

A series of community meetings were facilitated, some hosted by The Greater Park Hill Community and others by DPR, to understand what residents wanted in a new neighborhood park and to discuss the various perspectives of developing a park on the west or east side of Fairfax. In a survey with over 170 respondents, DPR gained a better understanding of the type of activities and amenities that residents favored.  While many were strongly opposed to the building of the park on the east side of Fairfax, even more were ready for a park to be built on the east side and as soon as possible.

DPR is committed to working with the Park Hill neighborhood to deliver a high quality public park in an area with a shortage of open spaces for the community to gather, recreate, and enjoy together. DPR is moving forward to secure ownership of land on the east side of Fairfax between 28th and 29th Ave. for a new park, based on feedback from the community and with the support of Councilman Chris Herndon.


What are the next steps in this process?

The City and County of Denver will move to secure ownership of the east parcel in equal exchange for the west parcel, which requires city council approval. HM Capital will provide funds to DPR to financially support the accelerated design and construction of the park, which also requires city council approval. If all is approved, DPR will then re-engage the community and start the design process using the input and conceptual plans from the community meetings and a Greater Park Hill Community report.

Currently, the request is set for an updated presentation to the LUTI Committee on August 7, which could have it tentatively reach City Council on the 20th. You can stay updated on these dates as they are confirmed, on or agendas can be found here as they are published:


There is concern among residents that this park is primarily for people who will reside in the new development. Will the park be open to the public?

This will be a public park built and maintained by DPR and accessible to all. DPR has no private parks. When the park is established (fully constructed and warranty periods have concluded), it will be designated as a park through a formal City Council vote. This designation ensures it is protected as a park and open to the public for the future.


The community initiated a park visioning/design process in the fall of 2017. What will happen to this work/feedback received?

DPR appreciates the time and effort the community dedicated to facilitating these discussions and initial concepts for the park. Through conversations with community members and attendance at your meetings, we fully understand how important it is to work closely with the community to ensure that this park reflects the neighborhood character and activities that you desire.  The initial design provided a great concept for desires for this park space, however, DPR must adhere to its processes to ensure a safe and maintainable space and follow public process requirements. DPR will work with professional landscape architects with experience in developing quality park spaces in order to achieve this.

DPR is not starting this process from scratch and this work will be incorporated into the DPR-led public process. We will build upon the feedback received and concepts developed through your community-led process to establish a vision and design for the park that reflects community desires and the unique character of Park Hill.


Will this park have the same rules and regulations as all other Denver parks?

Yes, this park will have the same rules and regulations as all other parks in Denver, as it will be a Denver Park.


Who will maintain (and pay to maintain) this park?

Denver Parks and Recreation will maintain this park.


Why isn’t the park developed before the surrounding lots are developed?

Only park concepts have been established so far, and the design process is not completed for this park. The developer’s building design is complete and ready for construction. There is a benefit to complete the private edges first, so the park is not interfered with or harmed by neighboring construction.


What is the current zoning of the parcel(s) on the west side of Fairfax?

A. The current zoning of the parcel across from the proposed park site is E-MS-2 which is an Urban Edge, Main Street District.  The parcel on the east side of Fairfax is also E-MS-2.


What is the escrow amount on this deal?

The escrow amount provided by HM Capital is $650,000


Why didn’t Real Estate pursue a deal with the brewery owners across from the proposed park site, which offered to buy the substation and turn it into a park as well?

The offer made by the Brewery was not a viable offer. The offer was to sell the property and for the site to become a private open space controlled by the Brewery.


What will be the full cost to build the park and how will it be funded beyond what is provided by the developer?

Ultimately, the final design of the park will determine the approximate cost of the park, however, an approximate cost for construction is typically in the range of $40-$50 per square foot for this type of park.  It is the intent of the Department to provide the additional funding as needed to cover the cost of the construction of this park.  As with many projects, if the design exceeds these cost expectations, the option to phase some park elements (i.e., an expensive water feature) may be necessary.


Update: August 3, 2018

The Fairfax Neighborhood Park agreement is now formally scheduled for an updated presentation to the Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure (LUTI) Committee on August 7, 2018. This will be a presentation and an agenda item. Next steps should be a reading at Mayor Council on August 14, and City Council on August 20. Dates are tentative until agendas are posted on the City Council website. LUTI meetings are held in the City and County Building, Room 391, at 10:30AM and are open to the public. 

Update: July 5, 2018:

The predicted schedule for the Fairfax Neighborhood Park agreement is delayed. The Fairfax Neighborhood Park ordinance will not appear at City Council on July 16, as originally predicted. As a reminder, the pending agreement does not include a finalized design of the park – DPR will arrange time to meet with the neighborhood following the city council process to ensure community interests are met and addressed. 

Find City Council meeting agendas and learn more about the legislative process.

Update: May 9, 2018:

Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) is committed to working with the Park Hill neighborhood to deliver a high quality public park in an area with a shortage of open spaces for the community to gather, recreate, and enjoy together. We are moving forward to secure ownership of land on the east side of Fairfax between 28th and 29th Ave. for a new park, based on feedback from the community and with the support of Councilman Chris Herndon.

As many in the Park Hill neighborhood have long understood, this area of town is a “park desert” where many residents have over a 10-minute walk to the nearest park. This decision will save taxpayer dollars and expedite the creation of a neighborhood park for you and your family.

Next steps in the process:

  • The City and County of Denver will move to secure ownership of the parcel on the east side of Fairfax in equal exchange for a parcel on the west side, which requires city council approval.
  • HM Capital will provide funds to DPR to financially support the accelerated design and construction of the park, which also requires city council approval.
  • If all is approved, DPR will then re-engage the community and start the design process using the input and conceptual plans from the community meetings and a Greater Park Hill Community report.
  • You can stay updated on these dates as they are confirmed, on or agendas can be found here as they are published:

We want to make sure all neighbors understand the following facts:

  • This will be a public park that will be owned, designed, constructed and maintained by DPR.
  • The park will be designated “parkland” following construction to ensure it is protected as a park.
  • DPR will procure and complete the design and construction of the park.
  • The size of the park will be the same on the east side as contemplated on the west side property.

Background information:

While purchasing land from Xcel Energy in 2015 presented an opportunity to increase neighborhood access to park space, funds were not immediately available to develop the empty lot into a park.  Last year, HM Capital presented DPR with an opportunity that would accelerate the design and construction of a park on the east side of Fairfax by providing financial support. The east parcel is comparable in size, location and zoning to the former Xcel Energy parcel. The Letter of Intent developed in November 2017 allowed the city to evaluate and outline the terms of this option. Prior to formalizing an agreement by submitting an ordinance request to city council for approval, the process was halted to allow DPR to lead community engagement efforts.

A series of community meetings were then held, some hosted by The Greater Park Hill Community and others by DPR to understand what residents wanted in a new neighborhood park and to discuss the various perspectives of developing a park on the west or east side of Fairfax. In a survey with over 170 respondents, we gained a better understanding of the type of activities and amenities that residents favored.  While many were strongly opposed to the building of the park on the east side of Fairfax, even more were ready for a park to be built on the east side and as soon as possible.

We appreciate your interest and ongoing discussion about the development of a park. Your continued input and involvement are important toward the success of creating your local park. To receive an email notification of future engagement opportunities, please send an email to with the subject line: Fairfax Park. 


Take the latest survey on final park concepts [CLOSED 4/12/18]


2018 Public Meeting Series

Join Denver Parks & Recreation for a series of public meetings to discuss the future FAIRFAX NEIGHBORHOOD PARK. The Park will be located between on Fairfax Street between East 28th Avenue and East 29th Avenue. Four unique meetings are scheduled to establish a vision and concept for the park that reflects community desires and the unique character of Park Hill.

Your engagement in this process is important! Please plan to join us at Stedman Elementary School (2940 Dexter Street) on the following dates:

  1. Thursday, February 22 @ 5:30PM
    • Meeting purpose: Identify experiences the park should provide the Park Hill Community
    • View meeting minutes (PDF)
  2. Tuesday, March 13 @ 5:30PM
  3. Tuesday, April 3 @ 5:30PM
  4. Tuesday, April 17 @ 5:30PM

View the Frequently Asked Questions sheet. (also listed below)

To request Spanish language interpretation, please email A sign language interpreter or CART will be provided upon request. Three (3) business days notice is requested.

Contact For any other public accommodation requests/concerns contact


Update: June 27, 2018

Based on the Master Plan, the new 6.3 acres park will include the following features:

  • playground with logs, nets, ropes, natural tree climber, climbing boulder & bowl swing;
  • 5-acre adventure nature play zone with native grasses, pathways, logs, boulders, and access to natural creek edge with boulder crossings;
  • lawn field area;
  • 69 new trees and 176 new shrubs/perennials;
  • sidewalk and tree lawn along Elmendorf Drive;
  • hard and soft surface walkways;
  • security lighting around the playground and park entryway
  • interpretive & wayfinding signage;
  • overlooks with seating areas.

Construction Schedule:

  • Phase 1 Construction includes areas outside the floodplain and on site work began in mid-June 2018.
  • Phase 2 Construction includes areas within floodplain and will begin after Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approval is received. We anticipate receiving FEMA approval in late 2018/early 2019.
  • Overall construction for Phases 1 and 2 is estimated to be complete by mid-late 2019.
  • The re-vegetation and landscape establishment is anticipated to take an additional 2-3 years.


Read the First Creek Park Master Plan (PDF)

View the Site Diagram (PDF)

Community Outreach

Public Meeting 1: Sept. 17, 2016

Meeting materials:

Public Meeting 2: Wednesday, October 26

Master plan concept meeting boards:

For more information, please contact ADRIENNE BURTON | East Parks Planner at

Ames Construction will be starting construction activities for the Globeville Landing Project Phase 1A in mid-late December. Phase 1A includes the construction of all drainage infrastructure. This phase of the project is expected to be complete in Spring 2018. This phase of construction will be followed by the construction needed for the park amenities (Phase 1B),  which is expected to be complete in Fall of 2018.

The first construction activities will include fencing of the construction site which will limit access in the Globeville Landing Park as well as reduce parking in the Coliseum parking lot.  

Learn more about this project.

NOTICE: Construction to begin 11/26/2018

Phase 1 construction is scheduled to begin at Harvey Park on or near November 26, 2018, depending on weather. Preparations for this work include lowering the level of the park's lake, beginning the week of November 5.

Phase 1 consists of constructing new pump station infrastructure  for the irrigation system and other outlet components for Harvey Park Lake. 

Project Background

This multi-phase project is scheduled to be complete February 2020 and includes the conversion of Harvey Park's irrigation system to raw water, aligining with the department and city's sustainability goals. 




An Elevate Denver Bond Project

Inspiration Point Park is a 25.5 acre Community Park in northwest Denver with over 5 acres of Designated Natural Area. The hillside park features mostly passive uses and is noted for its landscape character of bluegrass upland forest and mixed-grass prairie with expansive views of the Front Range. The Inspiration Point neighborhood is bounded by I-70, Sheridan and I-76 leaving few means for accessible play options within a neighborhood walking distance.

In November 2017 voters approved the General Oblication Bond (Elevate Denver) which allocated $2,135,000 for Inspiration Point Park improvements, which may include a new playground, picnic sites, shade shelter and restoration of the historic masonry wall at the point.

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) has allocated additional funding to initiate a Phase 1 – Discovery, Outreach and Concept Design, which is scheduled to be complete late 2018 with the deliverable goal of a preferred concept plan to help support the selection of the bond project for the second issuance (anticipated for mid-2019). Should the project be selected in the second bond issuance, Phase 2 will begin: Construction Documentation.

Any future work beyond Phase 1 is not guaranteed and will be determined as issuances of funding are made available through the General Obligation Bonds (Elevate Denver).


Community Outreach

Tuesday, October 9:
DPR and Mundus Bishop will attend the Inspiration Point Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) October meeting to discuss preferred concept plans which were developed based on community feedback.  
View the presenation (PDF) Take the survey!

Public Meeting 1: September 19, 2018:
The design consultant, Mundus Bishop, lead a presentation documenting findings from discovery and outreach efforts, along with design concepts, upon which the community provided feedback.
Presentation (PDF)  Meeting flyer (PDF)

August 11, 2018:

Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) community BBQ

The consultant team attended the neighborhood BBQ to initiate outreach for the project by gathering feedback on current use.

Project kickoff survey 
[survey closed as of 8/27/2018]

Community Meeting Materials:

May 1, 2018: Notes (PDF)
May 15, 2018: Notes (PDF)
May 1 & 15: Word Cloud Exercise (PDF)

Update: June 15, 2018:

Beginning August 1, DPR will take over the management and operations of the Johnson Recreation Center. This means that DPR will be responsible for upgrades and maintenance for this building and will provide some recreational programs. Specifically, DPR will begin to provide MY Denver  programming for youth, MY Denver PRIME and Active Older Adults programming, the Healthy Meals program, desired youth sports with DPR, and will ensure that Rocky Mountain SER Head Start remains. DPR will work vigorously to ensure that there will not be a gap in programming.

To supplement programming offered by DPR at Johnson Recreation Center, community organizations can apply to become program partners. We heard a lot about how important current organizations in the area are to this community. This means that rather than undergoing an extensive Request for Proposals (RFP) as originally discussed at the public meetings, interested organizations, including the Colorado Miners, can simply apply to be a DPR partner.

This provides community organizations an easier application process and DPR the ability to respond more nimbly to community needs and interests for this space and the opportunity to partner with organizations that are already active in the neighborhood that need a place to offer classes. DPR will also make sure that services offered at Swansea Recreation Center and by our new (soon to be announced) partner at the Globeville Recreation Center, are not duplicated and are working together whenever possible.

Finally, thanks to a generous sponsorship, 90% of all programming fees/league costs/membership costs for those living in the 80216-zip code, will be covered! The 90% discount will be provided with proof of residence of an 80216-zip code (no additional requirements). This will be promoted at an upcoming Open House at the end of the summer, but if you have questions now, please email

Anticipated next steps:

  • DPR will host an Open House Celebration for Johnson Recreation Center! An invitation will be sent out separately with details. With fun activities for the whole family, you can stop by to learn more about what programs DPR will offer, what programming needs that were identified by the community remain, and how to become a potential partner. If you would like to be involved in the planning of this event, please email

  • If you are interested in becoming a partner to offer programs at Johnson Recreation Center, apply at any time.

  • If you want to share your ideas about community needs for this center, please email or stop by the Open House event. DPR will use information from previous meetings, the open house, surveys and various community assessments/reports, to help initialize the programming offered at Johnson Recreation Center.

We look forward to working with you to continue to make Johnson Recreation Center a hub for the neighborhood that promotes health and wellness, active lifestyles, and builds stronger communities.


Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) is collaborating with The Trust For Public Land (TPL) and Cool Connected Westwood on this pocket park project that will convert an old Xcel Energy substation into a park geared toward children ages 10 and up. The proposed pocket park is located on the corner of Kentucky Avenue and Irving Street in the Westwood neighborhood.

Skate features, climbing features, and art that celebrates Westwood’s culture, are all ideas that have been identified as potential park features in accordance with community feedback. While the park will be designed as a comfortable and welcoming space for all ages, the community wants to ensure that this park serves older children who do not currently have a park that meets their unique needs and desires.

This project also lines up the city’s Westwood Via Verde project. Via Verde will be a loop around the entire Westwood neighborhood that promotes safe access for pedestrians, bikers, and automobiles. The intersection of Kentucky Ave. and Irving St. will become a part of a pedestrian greenway, dramatically improving safe access in the future. Many of the outreach events are in collaboration with this project.

Fiesta 1: Oct. 15 | 5:30-7:30PM | Kepner Middle School
Flyer (PDF) Presentation (PDF) Survey

Fiesta 2: December 2018, exact date TBA


Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) está colaborando con The Trust For Public Land (TPL) y Cool Connected Westwood en este proyecto de miniparque que convertirá una antigua subestación de Xcel Energy en un parque dirigido a niños de 10 años en adelante. El miniparque propuesto se encuentra en la esquina de Kentucky Avenue e Irving Street en el vecindario de Westwood.

Las características de patinaje, características de escalada y arte que celebra la cultura de Westwood son ideas que se han identificado como características potenciales del miniparque de acuerdo con los comentarios de la comunidad. Mientras el parque se diseñará como un espacio cómodo y acogedor para todas las edades, la comunidad quiere asegurarse de que este parque sirva a niños mayores que actualmente no tienen un parque que satisfaga sus necesidades y deseos únicos.

Este proyecto también se alinea con el proyecto Westwood Vía Verde de la Ciudad. Via Verde será un circuito alrededor de todo el vecindario de Westwood que promueve el acceso seguro para peatones, ciclistas y automóviles. La intersección de la avenida Kentucky. e Irving St. se convertirá en parte de una vía verde peatonal, mejorando dramáticamente el acceso y seguridad en el futuro. Muchos de los eventos de divulgación están en colaboración con este proyecto.

Fiesta 1: Oct. 15 | 5:30-7:30PM | Kepner Middle School
Flyer (PDF) Presentation (PDF) Survey

Hampden @
Dayton, Akron & Willow:

Renovation area is in front of the neighborhood signs and includes re-grading, irrigation modifications, pollinator-friendly plants and flowering perennials. Turf and tree areas behind the neighborhood signs will be over-seeded to achieve better turf coverage.


Hampden & Dayton: July 2018- juniper removal begins.
Hampden & Akron: Winter 2018- re-grading work begins, planting to begin spring 2019
Hampden & Willow: Fall 2018-Spring 2019- planting and renovation 

Evans: Between University & Fillmore

Beginning Oct. 1, 2018: In keeping with sustainability and water use goals, Denver Parks & Recreation is moving forward with median renovations on Evans Avenue between University Blvd. & Fillmore St.

Renovations will include the removal of all Ash trees that have been determined to be at-risk for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation, as they are not good candidates for treatment due to current health and/or size. (Learn more at

Project Timeline:

Oct. 2018- tree removals begin
Winter 2018-Spring2019- soil removal & irrigation upgrades
Spring 2019- replanting, including pollinator-friendly plants and flowering perennials

The project is anticipated to be complete late spring 2019. 

Re-Imagine Play

Phase 1 opened in June 2018. Take the post-construction survey to let DPR know how this process went.(


Read the groundbreaking press release.

May 2018 Update: The "mic tower" is constructed along with many of the other featueres. Phase 1 is scheduled to be complete June 18. View the invitation!

February 7, 2018 update: A majority of the walls and grading are complete, and sidewalks are being placed. Construction on the slide begins next week (2/12/18) and play equipment is scheduled to be installed mid-March through April. 

Phase 1 Renderings
Aerial Concept Rendering
Site Plan
Mic Tower
Play Structure

Phase 2 & 3 Renderings
Community plaza
Performance stage & music bowl
Recreation area & activity kiosk


Public Outreach

July 29, 2014 Community Meeting
Presentation - English
Presentation - Spanish

October 5, 2014
Community Event

November 12 & 15, 2014
Community Meeting
Presentation (English & Spanish)

March 17, 2015
Community Meeting Presentation

In identifying Paco Sanchez Park in West Denver as the prime location for the re-imagine play project, DPR considered a number of factors, including:

  • Park with pre-existing playground equipment in need of repair or replacement 
  • Park big enough for a large play area that's also in an under-served area of the city in terms of green space and park amenities
  • Location that is accessible through multi-modal transit options
  • Park that's located near an already existing recreation center
  • Location in an area of the city where childhood obesity rates are a growing issue

Original buildings: Statement of Interest

On June 22, 2017 a public meeting was held to discuss the potential re-use of the two existing buildings on the River North Park site. The process to identify funding and  potential partnerships for programming the buildings is underway.

Meeting Summary | Building Analysis | Statement of Interest


River North (RiNo) Promenade

The proposed promenade will run between 29th and 38th Streets and can serve as a linear park for the neighborhood providing a place for leisure, outdoor recreation, connection to the river, and flexible festival space.

Public Meeting 1: October 25, 2016
Presentation | Meeting Boards

Public Meeting 2: January 11, 2017
Presentation | Meeting Boards

Public Meeting 3: June 22, 2017
meeting summary | building analysis


River North (RiNo) Park

River North Park will sit along the Promenade at 35th Street.

Public Meeting 1, Visioning: August 13, 2015

Public Meeting 2, Concept design: October 15, 2015

Public Meeting 3, Preferred alternatives: December 3, 2015
Presentation | Site plan, Interstate building, Makers Plaza 1, Makers Plaza 2

For questions, please email Sloane Nystrom, Denver Parks/NDCC Project Manager, at


River North Park Master Planning

Creating a community with a focus on the South Platte River is a unique opportunity in northern Denver.  The concept design for the River North Park is an opportunity to showcase this unique part of Denver and create a recreational focal point for this area.  This park and associated improvements are a critical entry point to the South Platte River Greenway. 

September 2011 Master Plan Presentation
November 2011 Master Plan Presentation

Construction Notice: Work on the soft-surface loop trail will begin Monday, November 12.

Update: September 2018
This project is currently out to bid with DPR on-call contractors. Construction is anticipated to begin December 2018.

View the final trail alignment and phasing timeline (PDF)

Denver Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Dig Studio, is in the process of designing a soft surface loop trail around Sloan’s Lake.  As population densities around the park continue to increase, so does park usage. 

The new trail will connect various portions of existing walks, link park amenities, formalize connections between miscellaneous trails, and reduce congestion on existing park walks.  Design is slated for completion in Fall 2018 with construction beginning in Winter 2018.   

View the public survey results (PDF)

View the 30% concept plan (PDF)


Discovery Session: Saturday, December 1 | 11am-1pm

The public is invited to drop-in to either or both Greenway and Central Park Playground to tell DPR planners what they'd like to see in an updated playground! 

Inclement weather location: Central Park Pavilion, 8801 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Download the flyer (PDF)

Take the survey(s):

Greenway Park Playground Survey:

Central Park Playground Survey:


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the scope of this project?

Central Park and Greenway Park playgrounds are in need of restoration and improvement. The new conceptual design will propose opportunities for redesign for both parks, issued in response to the growing Denver and Stapleton populations, material lifecycles, and the impacts that park users have had on the sites. The playgrounds have some existing play elements that are well suited for the sites and in good condition, while other items need redesign, new concept and function. The goal is to identify the need of restoration as well as recommend opportunities for adding capacity and enhancing play value that  will complement the existing facilities and site.

Location and Existing Conditions

Located within the 76.1 acre park, Central Park Playground is one of the most visited play areas in Northeast Denver.  Located off Martin Luther King Boulevard near Xenia Street, the playground encompasses an eclectic array of site elements including: poured in place play surface mounds, synthetic turf, site furnishings, sand play, a climbing wall and associated play equipment. The artificial rockwork with slide and misting area is also located within the 0.9 acre playground, and the entire area is surrounded by mature trees with a landscape character of native grass prairie and blue grass field open space. The Greenway Playground clusters, located by the picnic shelter, is suggested to include nature play elements that respond to the topography and lower areas that can accommodate occasional flooding that occurs in that area.

Timeline and Funding

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) has allocated CIP funding for the Concept Design will include: Discovery, Outreach and Concept Design for both Stapleton Central Park and Greenway Playgrounds which is scheduled to be completed early Summer 2019. Funding is also available for construction documentation design and construction for the Central Park Playground Renovation only.

How Can I be Involved?

During winter of 2018,  there will be public meetings and information presented during upcoming events that are hosted in Stapleton. The dates of these events will be shared as soon as they are scheduled. The Preliminary Project Online Public Survey is now active to take. Please take the surveys below to tell us what you love about the current playgrounds as well as what you would like to see in the future. Each survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete:

Greenway Park Playground Survey:

Central Park Playground Survey:

St. Charles Recreation Center and INDUSTRY shared a vision to integrate the spaces between the two properties, envisioning an “Open Campus” to share among neighbors. The idea hopes to connect the outdoor spaces through creative design and an inviting sense of continuity. 

With some improvements made to the St. Charles outdoor facility, the space can be better activated, inviting all members of the community to move freely between the properties. The partnership understood that in order to be successful, any plans born must develop from ongoing collaboration with not only Denver Parks and Recreation but also more importantly, the Cole community itself.

It remains an overarching intent to break down the barriers that exist between new development in the neighborhood, and the actual families that live and inhabit it - for the new employees of INDUSTRY’s 800 person office-sharing complex to assimilate into the community, and harmonize with the existing values present within the neighborhood.

View photos from the first public meeting held February 27, 2018.


Public Meeting 2: Sat. June 2, 2018

Join the St. Charles Ambassadors at St. Charles Place Park for the unveiling of the preliminary park concept design! This will be our follow-up gathering from the initial community meeting and the ambassadors are in need of the community’s valuable input. Please come and bring your family. This is a great opportunity to see the vision for our newly updated park, to voice your thoughts, to learn more about the schedule of the project, and to meet your neighbors.

WHEN: Saturday, June 2, 2018  | 5:30p.m. – 8:00p.m.
WHERE: St. Charles Place Park  | 3777 N. Lafayette St, Denver CO 80205

Stop by for:

  • BBQ and Food
  • Movie in the Park
  • Unveiling of New Park Concept
  • Music
  • Nature Play Exhibition

CONTACT: For more information, contact Sloane Nystrom 720-913-0621 or email

Sign language interpretation (CART) provided upon request with three business days’ notice: email


¡Acompaña a los embajadores del St. Charles en el parque St. Charles Place para la develación del concepto preliminar del diseño del parque! Esta será nuestra reunión de seguimiento después de la primera reunión comunitaria y los embajadores necesitan el valioso aporte de la comunidad. Por favor ven y trae a tu familia. ¡Esta es una gran oportunidad de ver la visión del nuevo parque, expresar tus ideas, enterarte más sobre la cronología del programa, y conocer a tus vecinos!

¿CUÁNDO? Sábado, 2 de junio | 5:30p.m.

¿DÓNDE? Parque St. Charles Place  |  3777 Norte de la calle Lafayette

  • Parrillada y comida
  • Película en el parque
  • Develación del nuevo concepto de parque
  • Música
  • ¡Exhibición de juegos en la naturaleza!

CONTACTO: Para obtener más información, contacte a Sloane Nystrom en el 720-913-0621 o en

Suministramos interpretación de lenguaje de señas (CART) por medio de solicitud con por lo menos 3 (tres) días hábiles de anticipación: envíe correo electrónico a

Por favor comunique otras solicitudes de adaptación del acceso público a

Denver Parks and Recreation will begin restoration and repair of the southern portion of Sullivan Gateway beginning Monday, April 18 as part of a multi-phased enhancement to the City Park Esplanade.

Sullivan Gateway, built in 1917, marks the south entry of the City Park Esplanade, part of the City Beautiful Parkway Historic District. The restoration of the terracotta walls and lion-head fountains begins the restoration of an important architectural feature of the City Park Esplanade.

The first phase implementation includes refurbishing both the east and west lion head fountains to include new mechanical and electrical work for operation and rehabilitation of the historical terracotta wall adjacent to the fountains. Future phases will include the restoration of the remaining terracotta crescent walls on both the east and west side and associated landscape improvements to the area.

The work area site will be fenced off early next week with project completion anticipated by fall of this year.

The Sullivan Gateway Phase 1 project work was paid for in part by a $200K History Colorado – State Historical Fund Grant and Denver Parks and Recreation Capital Improvement Fund.

For more information about this project, contact


In the early 20th century, the national “City Beautiful” movement, inspired by Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair, aimed to elevate the human spirit by making communities aesthetically attractive by building parks, planting greenery, adding sidewalks and paving streets. Denver Mayor Robert Speer, elected in 1904, was an enthusiastic supporter of the City Beautiful movement, and he became the driving force behind the creation of Civic Center and other areas identified for Denver’s City Beautiful master plan. After the turn-of-the-century, the park benefitted from the city’s investment in the City Beautiful concept. The park was linked, as originally envisioned, to a wider system of parks using parkways and grand boulevards. During this period, monumental sculpture was also introduced, consistent with City Beautiful philosophy, including the McLellan Gateway, the Sopris Gateway, the Monti Gateway, the Sullivan Gateway, and the Thatcher Memorial Fountain, which mark park entrances.

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 next month, 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.

Stay tuned for public outreach details!


South Tennis Court Resurfacing

Tennis court closure: Washington Park’s south tennis courts to be resurfaced starting Mon. July 2

Beginning Monday, July 2, courts 7 & 8 in Washington Park will be closed for resurfacing, with the closure ofcourts 1-5 following about one (1) week later. Thereafter, ALL of the courts on the south end of WashingtonPark will remain closed until work is complete on August 31.

PLEASE NOTE: A period of inactivity may be observed for 1-2 weeks between court stripping & the installation of new surface material. This is due to necessary sequencing of work & the limited availability of specialty crews required for resurfacing quality standards. We ask that all park visitors respect the closure & remain off the courts until work is complete. Our apologies for the inconvenience— use courts on the west side of thepark or other facilities:


Diagonal Road Playground Replacement

Update: The playground will open to the public at 9:30am on Saturday, August 18

January - August 2018
The playground located at the end of the diagonal road (east of Tennessee & Downing) is being replaced.  The construction period is expected to last until August 1, 2018, unless severe weather causes delays.  The playground will be closed throughout construction. 

Concept Plan (PDF): January 2017

Advisory Committee Meeting: November 13, 2015

Public Meeting 1: November 17, 2015
Presentation | Minutes

Public Meeting 2: March 3, 2016
Presentation | Minutes


Loop Road Modifications 

Learn more about this project | View the FAQ (PDF)

View the final loop road safety recommendations (PDF)

February 2018 Six Month Safety Review:
At the beginning of January 2018, Denver Parks & Recreation conducted an internal meeting to review the Washington Park Loop Road Safety Improvements project six months since completion. Download the review document to view conclusions and recommendations. (PDF)

Denver Parks and Recreation will continue to assess and review the loop road configuration in the 2018 season to ensure that it is working for all modes of travel. As always, staff welcomes observations and constructive feedback from the public on how their visitor experience can be improved. Please email or call (720) 913-1311 to provide additional comments on the loop road.

Update: August 18, 2018:

Improvements are complete and the park is fully open to the public!

Update: June 27, 2018:

Project is approx. 70% complete- concrete plaza has been poured and other plaza features are complete. The shelter frame has been and the pollinator garden near the outdoor classroom has been planted! The water feature and sand play area are also progressing. 

In the coming weeks, swings will be installed along with sod installation at the Kentucky and Wolff entrances.

View photos

Update: May 25, 2018

The project is about 50% complete with the majority of the playground equipment installed including, all of the Nature Play elements. The tree material used for the nature play was not from trees taken down at Westwood Park. The tree material was salvaged from another site that was removing the trees for other work. The installation of the fitness equipment around the loop walk will continue into June.

In the coming weeks the shelter will be constructed with the seat walls and picnic sites. The water play cobble channel and sand play will also be formed and poured.


Construction Notice

Construction on Westwood Park will begin mid-January and is anticipated to be complete later this year in summer/early fall 2018.

Download the sign posted on-site that includes a diagram of the upgrades that will be made to the park.

This project is partnership with The Trust for Public Land, Healthy Places and Westwood Unidos. Thank you for your support!


Denver Parks & Recreation Department, in partnership with The Trust For Public Land, Healthy Places and Westwood Unidos, is in the process of conceptual planning of Westwood Park in preparation for replacing the existing playground, walks and adding new fitness equipment. 

A public outreach and input process is underway with design expected to be complete by the end of 2015. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in spring 2016.

Existing conditions
Concept drafts

Public Meeting: July 25, 2015

For questions or comments please contact Project Manager, Owen Snell.

If you are unable to access content in the documents linked on this page, please send an email to our planning team (or to be connected to another resource. 

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