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At any given time, there are dozens of park design and construction projects in progress to maintain, improve, and expand Denver's park system.  Check out the list below to see what's going on in your neighborhood, including upcoming public meetings and open surveys to provide feedback: 

 

The preferred concept was developed with robust community engagement and guidance from neighborhood representatives serving as members of Stakeholder Design Committee. Design of the Park at 29th and Fairfax has progressed into the construction document phase.  DPR continues to refine the preferred concept which is based on public input and includes:

  • A playground with swings and a unique Wallhola structure with slide
  • A small interactive water play area
  • Shade shelters with picnic tables
  • Game tables
  • Seating areas
  • A grass lawn with shade trees and plantings

 

Schedule - Construction documentation is currently underway with an expected completion in Q2 2020.   Construction contract bidding will take six to eight months, meaning construction is expected to begin in Q4 2020.  The park is expected to open in late 2021.  The park site will be temporarily irrigated and seeded for the summer of 2020 before construction begins in the fall.

Meeting Summary (PDF) Preferred Concept Plan (PDF) Preferred Concept Sketches (PDF

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Historic Project Information

View project background information and updates from the pre-planning outreach phase (PDF)

FAQ as of May 2018

Phase 1 of the Arkins Promenade will convert Arkins Court, from 35th to 38th Avenues, into a new linear park that provides pedestrian connectivity from Globeville Landing Park to Arkins Park along the South Platte River corridor. Improvements will include park amenities such as a river theater and an elevated walkway along the river, public art, a small play area, seating areas, shade and landscaping. The park is designed to reduce impervious paved surfaces and add landscape areas that clean stormwater before it reaches the River.

This project is largely funded by the Elevate Denver Bond Program approved by voters in 2017. Project partners include the Greenway Foundation, the RiNo Arts District and adjacent developments. Design was competed at the end of 2019. Construction is anticipated to begin in September 2020 with the permanent closure of Arkins Court, from 35th to 38th Avenues, at the end of August 2020, and be completed in the winter of 2021.

View the graphic representations of Arkins Promenade created by Wenk Associates:

Update as of June 2020:

During environmental testing, small amounts of asbestos were found in the original court surfacing, which was removed in accordance with State and City Departments of Public Health and Environment protocols. This work has been completed and the entire tennis court has been removed.

The construction for the new tennis courts and pickleball courts has received the notice to proceed for construction, and construction will begin summer of 2020. The construction is anticipated to be completed spring of 2021.

Timeline:

Summer 2020: Construction Begins
Spring 2021: Construction Completed

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Project Scope

As part of the Elevate Denver bond program, the tennis courts at Bear Valley Park are getting an upgrade along with lighting, site furnishings, sidewalks landscaping and irrigation.

While Elevate Denver funds are slated to cover the cost of the tennis court improvements, DPR was able to find additional funds to accomodate the community's request for pickleball. Four new picklball courts will be added to the tennis court area.

View the full site plan. (PDF)

Project Scope

James A. Bible Park is located in the Hampden neighborhood in Southeast Denver, off of East Yale Avenue and South Quebec Street. Bible Park is a 66.15-acre park, encompassing several biking and walking trails, including the Highline Canal trail, a portion of the Goldsmith Gulch, numerous ballfields, tennis courts, exercise stations and, notably, a playground that is in need of replacement to meet changing needs for play value and safety. The project includes concept design, design development and will conclude with the design being fully constructed for the park users to enjoy. The beginning phases of the project will identify opportunities for enlarging the playground to add capacity and enhance play value to complement the park and surrounding site context.

Community Outreach & Input Opportunities

Timeline and Funding

This project is funded for playground redesign and replacement and circulation improvements by the Elevate Denver Bond Program, along with additional Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funding from Denver Parks and Recreation. Conceptual Design for the playground will be completed in the fall of this year, with the design development slated for completion in spring of 2020, and construction to be completed in the fall of 2021.

Project Documents

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Project Timeline (PDF)

Playground concept, February 2020 (PDF)

Community Input Summary (PDF)

Nature Play | Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Learn more about this project and a variety of community engagement opportunities!

Download the project flyer (PDF)

Descargar el folleto del proyecto (PDF)

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Dustin Redd Playground

Project Scope:

The wooden playground at City Park is a beloved feature for many generations of park users who visit the park. Denver Parks & Recreaiton recognizes that Dustin Redd is a special part of City Park and frequently recieves feedback that park users love the scale of the playground, it's setting within the meadow's tree canopy and the aesthetic of the playground equipment. Unfortunately, this well-loved playground is showing signs of wear. The playground's condition and associated safety concerns in addition to it's operational demands warrant complete replacement. In November 2017, voters approved of the Elevate Denver Bond package which allocated funds for design and construction of Dustin Redd.

Funding and Timeline:

Funding for design and construction was through the Bond's 1st debt issuance in 2018. Supplemental construction funding to upgrade the adjacent picnic site will be from Denver Parks Capital Improvement Program. Design is scheduled to complete mid 2020 and construction is anticipated to begin in the 3rd quarter of 2020.

Community Outreach and Concept Plan:

The process was completed in late 2018. The project task was to engage the community and create a Concept Plan for the Dustin Redd Playground  replacement and improvements to the adjacent permitted picnic site.

View the preferred concept meeting boards (PDF)

Public Meeting 1

Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Virtual via Zoomhttps://tinyurl.com/CongressPlay )

The Congress Park Playground is getting renovated and we want your input! Join us to learn more about the project and provide feedback on what you’d like to see in the new playground.

For more information, please contact Project Manager Chris Schooler: christopher.schooler@denvergov.org.

To request Spanish language interpretation, please email parksandrecreation@denvergov.org. | Para pedir interpretación en español, email parksandrecreation@denvergov.org.

A sign language interpreter or CART will be provided upon request. Three business days’ notice is requested. Contact signlanguageservices@denvergov.org.

For any other accomodation requests/concerns, contact disabilityaccess@denvergov.org. 

Public Meeting 3: Thurs. April 9, 2020 (cancelled)
View the May 2020 Project Update Video
In place of a public forum to provide a summary update of the Congress Park Pool Project, this video will cover the status of design, timeline of events and construction, and an opportunity to provide thoughts to the project team.

Public Input Infographic (PDF)

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Public Meeting 1: August 12, 2019
Survey 1: CLOSED as of 9/23/2019
Public Meeting 2: October 15, 2019

Survey 2, design options: CLOSED as of 12/31/2019
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About the Project

Download the project summary sheet (PDF)

Congress Park Pool was selected to be a project on the Elevate Denver Bond list, which was approved by voters in 2017. This pool is one of the city's oldest and has grown increasingly costly to maintain, requiring extensive upgrades. 

The closure of Congress Park Pool in  2021 will result in new pool and facility to serve the community starting in 2022. Built in 1955, Congress Park Pool is one of Denver's oldest outdoor pools, and after 63 years of operation it has also become one of the city's most costly pools to maintain. In recent years, Congress Park Pool has seen multiple opening delays due to major leaks.

Thanks to the Elevate Denver bond, this project is fully funded, and the city can begin the process of building a state-of-the-art, public swimming pool. This project is one of the first bond projects to be launched. While bond projects will continue to roll out over the next 10 years with several fund issuances, work for Congress Park Pool was identified as a priority to start in the first year.

Projected Timeline as of 7/15/19:

  • Fall 2018 | Design & Construction Procurement: Request for Qualifications (RFQs) will be released for both design consultant and construction management
  • Fall 2019 | Initial Geotechnical Work: The ground surrounding the current pool structure will be examined to see what types of issues have been caused over time.
  • Fall 2019 | Community Outreach: The public will be invited to participate in meetings and/or surveys to help inform the design of the new facility.
    • The design process will include various means of gathering community input to ensure the Congress Park Pool remains a special and valued asset for the neighborhood. Local neighborhood organizations, schools, and community groups are encouraged to be involved.
  • 2021 | Construction Begins: It’s expected to break-ground on the project sometime in 2021.

During the construction closure, there are many other indoor and outdoor public pools open to help keep you physically fit and cool during the summer. The closest outdoor pools to the Congress Park neighborhood are Mestizo-Curtis Pool and La Alma Pool.  Find the full list of pools at denvergov.org/recreation.

Cook (Judge Joseph E) Park, located in the Virginia Village neighborhood will be receiving upgrades to the playground, basketball court and walks as a part of the Elevate Denver Bond Program and Denver Parks and Recreation’s Capital Improvement Program.

As a place surrounded by and utilized by a diverse community we want to hear from you! Join the virtual meeting and/or complete the survey to share your WANTS, NEEDS and DREAMS for this park:

Virtual Public Meeting #1: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Virtual Public Meeting
Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Join using this link: https://tinyurl.com/CrestmoorPark

As funded by the Elevate Denver Bond, Denver Parks and Recreation is improving walks and the picnic site at Crestmoor Park to make them more accessible to the neighborhood and the community. Crestmoor Park is a 37 acre park located in the Hilltop neighborhood in Denver.

Funding and Timeline:
The design and construction is funded through the Elevate Denver Bond Program. Concept design for the park walks and picnic area is underway with an expected completion of Fall 2020. Construction is anticipated to begin in Summer 2021. 

For more information, email Project Manager Lindsay Koehnke at lindsay.koehnke@denvergov.org. 

The Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center, built in 2006 and located at 4890 Argonne Way, was designed to accommodate a future building expansion to include an indoor pool and other support services. The population continues to rapidly expand at one of the highest rates in Denver and the area is lacking adequate aquatic amenities. Building an indoor pool also makes good on a promise made to this community from the 2007 Elevate Denver Bond. This project includes the construction of a natatorium and other support services such as an office, dressing rooms, storage and chemical rooms. Download the project summary sheet (PDF).

Estimated design and construction timeline:

  • June 2019: Design procurement
  • Fall 2020: Design completion
  • Winter 2020: Begin construction procurement
  • Summer 2021: Begin construction
  • Spring 2023: Project completion

 

Public Outreach 3: September 4-18, 2020

The need for additional aquatic facilities in District 11 and far northeast Denver will soon be met. Over the past year, Denver Parks and Recreation led a community-driven process to guide the design, features and pool layout. The feedback received was primarily focused around:

  • Activities for all ages and interest
  • Space for classes and recreational pool use
  • Unique and fun design

The final design for this amazing aquatic facility is being debuted via an informational video on YouTube.  

If you have specific questions or comments on what was presented in this video, please email parksandrecreation@denvergov.org by September 18, 2020, to provide feedback.

The far northeast Denver community will have a wonderful new aquatics facility for the community for years to come.

Public Meeting 2: November 13, 2019

Thank you to everyone who came to meeting #2 to review design options! See all three pool design options (PDF)

Public Meeting 1: September 10, 2019

Denver Parks and Recreation is planning to add trail connections near the College View Recreation Center and re-purpose the playground located on West Water Avenue near the intersection of Zuni Street.

We want to hear from you! Please email the Project Manager by July 24, 2020 with your comments on the draft concept design which includes converting the existing playground into a picnic and nature-play area. Learn more by watching the recorded public meeting from May 27, 2020.

Public Meeting 1:

For more information, email Project Manager Lindsay Koehnke at lindsay.koehnke@denvergov.org

Construction to begin: 11/26/2018
Expected completion: Summer 2021

This multi-phase project is scheduled to be complete in 2021 and includes the conversion of Harvey Park's irrigation system to raw water, aligining with the department and city's sustainability goals. 

March 2020 update: This project is delayed due to issues with water storage rights. 

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 to include a new playground, picnic sites, shade shelter and restoration of the historic masonry wall at the point.

Funding & Timeline

Funding for full design was through the Bond’s third debt issuance in October 2019. The design is scheduled to be completed by 3rd quarter 2020. Construction funding will be from the Bond’s fourth debt issuance tentatively anticipated for mid-2020. Supplemental construction funding to enhance the project scope will be from Denver Parks Capital Improvement Program. As the schedule stands with funding issuances, construction would begin 1st quarter 2021 and complete by 3rd quarter 2021. 

Community Outreach & Vision Plan

This process was completed late 2018. The project task was to create a Vision Plan of the park for future improvement projects in addition to a Concept Plan for the Elevate Denver Bond improvement items: View the summary memo (PDF)

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.

Outreach:
Fiesta 1: Oct. 15, 2018 | 5:30-7:30PM | Kepner Middle School
Flyer (PDF) Presentation (PDF) Survey

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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.

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

Construction beginning July 2019 with completion scheduled for summer 2020.

La Lomita Park was recently re-named by the community (formerly Asbury & Tejon Park). The redesign of this park includes green infrastructure upgrades to improve water quality, grading and earthwork, conversion of a portion of the park to native vegetation, a new play area with nature-play components and other improvements. The existing basketball course and majority of sidewalks will remain in place.

Learn more about this green infrastructure project from Denver Public Works.

View the concept plan (PDF)

Provide your feedback on park plan alternatives by taking the online survey. The intent of this survey is to gather additional input on the alternatives before a preferred concept is developed. The preferred concept may include the most liked ideas from all three concepts so it is very important to tell us what you like and don’t like on each.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/martinez-park

Join the next online event to get more information about this project: 
July 23, 4:00-5:00 p.m. via Zoom
https://zoom.us/j/95161529587

Email the project manager for more information: anaclaudia.magalhaes@denvergov.org

Project Scope
The playground at McNichols Park – located in the East Colfax neighborhood – is currently being redesigned with input from the surrounding community.  Accessibility upgrades and improvements to the adjacent picnic facilities and landscape may also be included as the project budget allows.

Funding & Timeline
This project is being funded by the Elevate Denver Bond Program with additional Capital Improvement Program (CIP) dollars.  Design is scheduled to be complete by mid-2020, with construction beginning early 2021. 

As of fall 2019, construction is anticipated to be complete by fall 2021.  

How Can I Be Involved?
Upcoming community outreach events include:

New, May 2020: View the park design rendering (PDF)

This project is funded through the Elevate Denver Bond Program, approved by voters in 2017 to enhance mobility, safety, and quality of life across Denver.

February 2020 Update

Design Alternatives (PDF)

Open House 2 comments on design alternatives (PDF)

Update as of January 2020:

Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) held the first public meeting for this project on Dec.3  with nearly 40 people in attendance.  The project schedule and scope were reviewed, which includes making improvements to the playground, picnic area, basketball courts, and stormwater aspects of the Harvard Gulch basin.

DPR and the consultant team are currently reviewing the condition of the 40+ year-old dinosaur structure to determine its structural integrity and compliance with safety standards.  The project team is evaluating options to incorporate the feature into the design, or possibly replacing it with a similar feature that meets current playground safety and materials standards. 

Please join us for Public Meeting #2 on February 6, 2020.

Project Background:

As part of the Elevate Denver Bond Program, DPR will be upgrading the playground, picnic area and basketball court. The redesigned park will be compliant with current safety standards and improve upon the well-known 'dinosaur' playground theme. With your input, these improvements will make the park more accessible and inclusive.

Public Meeting 1: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | Slavens Elementary School
Join DPR for the first public meeting to discuss the neighborhood's priorities as improvements are planned. Find full meeting details.

Public Meeting 2: Thursday, February 6, 2020 | Slavens Elementary School
Join the ongoing conversation regarding the redesign of McWilliams park playground, basketball court and picnic area. Find full meeting details.

Thanks to voters who passed the Elevate Denver Bond Program, Montclair Park will soon see upgrades to the tennis courts, horseshoe pits and picnic area. With the community’s input, these improvements will make the park safer and more accessible. 

Re-Imagine Play Phase 2

Thanks to voters who passed the Elevate Denver Bond Program, Phase 2 of Re-Imagine Play at Paco Sanchez Park is scheduled to open to the public September 4, 2020.

Re-Imagine Play is an innovative approach to playground design that goes beyond the traditional playground. Re-Imagine Play creates a multi-generational activity environment, giving all park users the opportunity to remain active through play and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. The communities surrounding Paco Sanchez Park are historically underserved in access to parkland and recreation amenities. The need for meaningful access to recreation coupled with overwhelming community support made Paco Sanchez Park the ideal location for this project.

The Phase 2 project includes new play pods, an accessible walking loop, kiosk building for future activation, community plaza, mist fountain, restrooms, outdoor classroom space, shade structures, 'Paco' climber and sign, basketball court, skate park, updated parking lot, stage, public art, picnic area, water quality improvement landscape and a native grass conversion area, plus other landscape and Irrigation improvements. 

Phase 2 Renderings:
Community plaza
Recreation area & activity kiosk

Parks and Recreation will be removing all asphalt sidewalks and replacing them with concrete sidewalks to achieve ADA compliance and improve drainage quality. Construction will begin this week and last until mid-September. Construction will be completed in three phases, starting on the northern edge and moving counterclockwise. The park will remain open and accessible to the public throughout the Summer. Parking and pedestrian access in the cul-de-sac along Chase Street will remain closed for staging. This project is funded by Elevate Bond. If there are any questions, please contact the Project Manager: Stephanie Wong at Stephanie.Wong@denvergov.org.

Platte Farm Open Space is complete and was opened to the public on August 17, 2020.

This was a resident-led, brownfield to open-space project in Globeville. Platte Farm Open Space is a unique and important example of how to re-purpose formerly contaminated land for community benefit. The 5.5-acre brownfields site features a recreation trail, a shortgrass prairie with trees and shrubs, a sitting area, and a new storm water line and detention pond to prevent localized flooding.

The impetus for creating Platte Farm Open Space was persistent and illegal dumping, drug dealing, and general neglect of the site. This project would have not been possible without the efforts of concerned Globeville residents, the Platte Farm Open Space Steering Committee, and Groundwork Denver.

As part of the Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) Game Plan for a Health City, one of the DPR strategies is to grow the park system and increase recreation access for residents. Platte Farm Open Space is an example of this strategy in action where we were able to purchase property from Xcel Energy and partner with the community and Groundwork Denver to expand recreation opportunities and meet the 10-minute walk standard in Globeville.

Learn more about this project.

The future park in River North is located at the intersection of 35th and Arkins. The property was purchased by Denver Parks in 2010 in coordination with Trust for Public Land to expand parkland to a developing area of Denver that was lacking public open space. The park plan includes an adaptive reuse approach to repurpose existing buildings as plaza and makerspaces.  The park will also feature repurposed materials through the  lounge seating areas, performance areas, flexible event space, creative play areas, public art and stormwater gardens.

Funding and Timeline

Denver Parks & Recreation, in partnership with the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative, are the primary funding partners for River North Park. A consortium of local developers and associations donated funds to assist in the design expenses.

Community Outreach began in 2015 tasked with developing a preferred Master Plan for the 3.5 acre site. Design expanded to coordinate the early development of the adjacent RiNo Promenade, Festival Street and the phase one renovation of the building along 35th Street. Design completed late 2018.

Construction simultaneously started for RiNo Park, Festival Street and Phase One Building Renovation in spring 2019 totaling over $6 million in improvements and is scheduled to complete summer 2020. 

Graphic Renderings:

Green Space (JPG)

Terrace (JPG)

Birdseye (JPG)

Makers Plaza Entry (JPG)

Water Quality (JPG)

Project Scope
Located in Denver's Hilltop neighborhood, Robinson Park's playground and basketball court are currently being redesigned with input from the surrounding community.  Accessibility upgrades and improvements to the adjacent picnic facilities and landscape may also be included as the project budget allows.

Funding & Timeline
This project is being funded by the Elevate Denver Bond Program with additional Capital Improvement Program (CIP) dollars.  Design should be complete by mid-2020, with construction beginning in early 2021.  The project has an anticipated completion date in the Fall of 2021. 

How Can I Be Involved?
Upcoming community outreach events include:

New, May 2020: View the park design rendering (PDF)

Rocky Mountain Lake Park is located in northwest Denver at the intersection of Lowell and 46th. The Park features a nearly 23 acre lake surrounded by an asphalt multi-use trail and an established tree canopy. Originally an Elevate Denver Bond project to remove and replace just a portion of the existing deteriorated asphalt trail with a new concrete multi-use trail, the project has grown considerably through city agency partnerships.

Denver Parks and Rec (DPR) identified additional funding to improve the permitted picnic site. DPR’s Natural Areas program has provided new funding for bluegrass conversion area and a soft surface trail along the south extent of the lake, lake edge stabilization efforts near the roundabout, and additional lake edge enhancements and fishing access points on the east and north side of the lake. Lastly, in late 2019, DPR and the Department of Transpiration & Infrastructure (DOTI) Sidewalk Gap program partnered to supplement the original Elevate Bond funding to add the remaining extent of deteriorated asphalt walks to the project’s replacement scope and also improve and expand the crossings on 46th for greater neighborhood connectivity. The partnership between the City agencies will see almost 1.5 miles of new concrete multi-use trail and .5 miles of new soft surface trail completed at the Park.

Funding and Timeline
The project is fully funded. Phase 1 - Concept Design was initiated summer 2019 and completed late 2019. Phase 2 - Design kicked off spring 2020 and will conclude late 2020. Construction is anticipated to being 2nd quarter 2021 and complete late fall 2021.

View the concept plan schematic graphic (PDF)

Take the latest community survey by August 5, 2020 to review and confirm park recommendations; preview refined concepts and provide feedback; provide input on public art and proposed basketball court. ( https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NS22ZVG )

View the 2019 Planning Summary (PDF)

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Anticipated Project Schedule:

  • Early 2020: Information gathering 
  • Through 2020: Design considerations and alternatives
  • Beginning 2021: Construction
  • Fall 2021: Construction Complete

Project Background
Russell Square Park in Denver’s historic Cole neighborhood of is getting a makeover! In collaboration with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), Great Outdoors Colorado, and the Cole community, Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) is developing plans for the 2.3 acre park. 

The park makeover is the culmination of a multi-year community process that began in 2016 when the My Outdoor Colorado Cole Coalition was awarded the Inspire Planning grant. Through an engaged planning process, the Cole community identified Russell Square Park as a neighborhood place where people can safely connect and reconnect to nature and the outdoors through coordinated programming efforts that allow for structured and unstructured play and enjoyment.

The park, located at the intersection of 36th Avenue and Vine Street, has an existing playground, open field and mature trees. Though 74% of Cole residents live within ¼ mile of a park or open space in the Cole neighborhood, the neighborhood parks are largely underutilized. From the Coalition’s learning conversations, they found that nearly 68% of Cole community members interviewed enjoy the nearby Denver City Park or other parks. Another 19% of interviewees reported spending time in the mountains. In both cases, Cole residents must go outside of the neighborhood to enjoy outdoor and nature-based activities.

Developing solutions with the community, especially children and families, are central to the planning and design process. The community re-envisioned the park to create an active destination where children and residents can reconnect with nature by enjoying new amenities, including nature play features, an outdoor classroom, basketball courts, a community event space, habitat gardens and public art. The improved park will knit together old and new by adding the new amenities within the existing canopy of mature trees and turf areas, creating a variety of experiences that support regular programed activities and everyday uses. 

View the park's conceptual master plan (PDF)

Please email the Project Manager with questions:  Christopher.schooler@denvergov.org

Pollinator Garden & Outdoor Classroom

Virtual Public Meeting 1: Thursday, Sept. 17; 5:30 p.m.

Project Scope
The south playground and picnic facilities at Sloan’s Lake Park (at the intersection of West 17th Ave. and Utica St.) are currently being redesigned with input from the surrounding community.  Improvements to adjacent parking, landscape, and accessibility upgrades may also be included as the project budget allows.

Funding and TImeline
The project is being funded by Capital Improvement Program (CIP) dollars from Denver Parks and Recreation.  Conceptual design should be complete by the end of 2019, followed by design development and construction documents in early 2020.  Construction is slated to begin in early 2021, with an anticipated opening in early 2022.  

How can I be involved?
Community outreach events include:

South Playground Update

Survey 2 [CLOSED as of Dec. 31]: View survey results (PDF)

View the final preferred concept (PDF)
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Public Outreach:

Open House #2: Thursday, January 9 | 5-7pm

Wed. November 13: The project group will be presenting at the Sloan's Lake Citizens Group meeting: 7-8:30 p.m. | Del Norte VA Apartments (2635 N. Federal Blvd.)

View the Final Playground Concept Designs (PDF)

Public Outreach Materials

April 2019: Concept Plan Feedback Surveys

Public Open House 2: Thursday, March 14
Download Central Park meeting boards (PDF) | Download Greenway Park meeting boards (PDF)

Winter 2018
Discovery Session 1: December 1, 2018
Download the Session Summary (PDF)

Project Kickoff Survey: Closed 12/20/2018

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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, a survey and a discovery session occurred to understand what the community likes about the existing playground and what needs to be updated. This information will be compiled to use in developing concepts of the playgrounds. The next public meeting will be scheduled in mid-March to review results of public outreach and concept designs of both playgrounds. The dates of these events will be shared as soon as they are scheduled.

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) is launching a master planning process for Sunken Gardens Park.

The goal is to improve the park visitor experience by developing a long-term plan that respects the historical context, period features, and landscape character of the park, while accommodating changing use patterns and programming needs of the community.

Denver has experienced substantial, sustained growth in the last twenty years with 25,000 people now living in downtown Denver. Last year alone, 3,000 new residents moved downtown. The surrounding center city neighborhoods have seen a similar population boom, growing by 10.5% in 2019 to 88,670 residents. As density goes up, green space becomes increasingly important for social, environmental and human health. 

DPR is committed to a collaborative planning process with multiple opportunities for public engagement, including the formation of an Advisory Committee representing diverse community interests. Outreach efforts will also include, online engagement tools such as surveys, information blasts, stakeholder interviews, and virtual workshops and presentations. Until guidelines allow in-person contact and exposure all public input opportunities will be virtual.

The master planning process begins with an assessment of existing conditions of the park and the immediate neighborhood. Goals and planning objectives will be developed with community and Advisory Committee input. Alternatives will be developed for review and comment resulting in final recommendations for park improvements and programming. The planning process is anticipated to be 8 to 12 month duration to ensure maximum community involvement. 

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Construction on Weir Gulch Trail improvements will begin September 8, 2020. This deferred maintenance project will provide new asphalt to improve the surface condition of the trail. During construction the trail will be closed, and a detour route will be provided. Please follow the posted detour route for the duration of the project. The entire project should last 2 to 3 months but individual sections of trail maybe completed and re-open before the full project is complete. Please use caution while following the posted detour route and thank you for your patience during construction.

View detour maps (PDF)

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La construcción de los mejoramientos de Weir Gulch Trail comenzará el 8 de septiembre del 2020. Este proyecto de mantención diferido pondrá nuevo asfalto, mejorando la condición de la superficie del sendero. Durante la construcción, el sendero estará cerrado y habrá ruta de desvío. Siga la ruta de desvío publicada durante la duración del proyecto. El proyecto debe ser completado en 2 a 3 meses, pero secciones individuales del sendero se pueden completar y volver a abrir antes de que el proyecto sea completado. Tenga cuidado al seguir la ruta de desvío. Le damos las gracias por su paciencia durante la construcción.

View detour maps (PDF)

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

 

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