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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:
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.
FAQ as of May 2018
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)
During environmental testing, small amounts of asbestos were found in the original court surfacing, which must be removed in accordance with State and City Departments of Public Health and Environment protocols. Minor tweaks to the design are underway to accomodate the abatement.
The abatement contractor has been retained and is scheduled to begin demolition of the courts right in early January. Once the existing courts are removed, the site will be left protected by fencing until the new courts are constructed later in 2020, with completion scheduled for early 2021.
January 2020: Tennis courts close
Mid-2020: Construction begins
Early 2021: Project complete
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.
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 Timeline (PDF)
Community Input Summary (PDF)
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.
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
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:
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.
Crestmoor Park is a 37 acre park located in the Hilltop neighborhood in Denver. The walks and permitted picnic site are due for an update. As we kick off the design process, we want to hear about your priorities for the walks and picnic area. Take the park user survey before March 15, 2020!
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.
Public Meeting 2: November 13, 2019
Thank you to everyone who came to meeting #2 to review design options! If you were unable to attend, please review the three design concepts that were presented, and provide your feedback by taking the survey:
Built in 2006, the Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center 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 Bond. This project includes the construction of a natatorium and other support services such as an office, dressing rooms, storage and chemical rooms. This project is funded by the Elevate Denver Bond.
Estimated design and construction timeline:
Public Meeting 1: September 10, 2019
Public Survey 1: CLOSED
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
View the concept plan (PDF)
Public Meeting 2: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Public Meeting 1: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
The intent of this survey is to understand the overall perceptions and user behaviors of the park and how often the community uses the park and its amenities. Additionally, the survey seeks input on how the community wants to use the park in the future.
Reunión pública 1: jueves 21 de noviembre de 2019
La intención de esta encuesta es comprender las percepciones generales y los comportamientos de los usuarios del parque y con qué frecuencia la comunidad usa el parque y sus servicios. Además, la encuesta busca información sobre cómo la comunidad quiere usar el parque en el futuro.
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:
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.
Design Alternatives (PDF)
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.
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.
Public Meeting 1: Thursday, December 12, 2019 | Montclair Civic Building
Join DPR for a public meeting to begin discussing improvements for Montclair Park. Stop by anytime between 6:30-8:00 p.m. Find full meeting details.
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:
Project Initiation Celebration: Saturday, November 23 | 10:00 a.m.
Platte Farm Open Space is a resident-led, brownfield to open-space project in Globeville. Upon completion, Platte Farm Open Space will be a unique and important example of how to re-purpose formerly contaminated land for community benefit. The 5.5-acre brownfields site will feature restored short-grass prairie, crusher fines trails, and play space.
The impetus for creating Platte Farm Open Space was persistent and illegal dumping, drug dealing, and general neglect of the site. In the eyes of residents, they could either work to activate the site or it would continue to be a dumping ground.
Platte Farm Open Space will provide an opportunity for Globeville residents to recreate and reconnect with nature in a neighborhood that is surrounded by industry.
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.
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Phase 1 of the RiNo Promenade will convert Arkins Court, from 35th to 38th Avenues, into a new linear park that provides enhanced access to South Platte River. Improvements will include park amenities such as a pavilion and an elevated walkway along the river, enhanced paving, 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.
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 2020 with the closure of Arkins Court, and be completed in 2021.
View the graphic representations of RiNo Promenade created by Wenk Associates:
Public meeting 4: November 13, 2018
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:
POSTPONED - Public Meeting 4: Find full event details.
Anticipated Project Schedule:
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.
Ongoing public engagement will include a community process to discuss targeted improvements, including greater design detail from the preliminary concept plan, and a schedule for design and construction for the park improvements. DPR anticipates the design phase to be completed by the end of 2020 and construction to begin early 2021. Updates on the design will also be posted here as they become available.
Questions about the project can be answered by emailing the Project Manager: Christopher.firstname.lastname@example.org
Construction beginning the week of Feb. 24, 2020 | Sloan’s Lake Bridge
Beginning Monday, Feb. 24, 2020: The Sloan’s Lake Bridge on the southeast corner is going to be replaced. Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, February 24th and last three weeks. During this time there will be several road closures on Saturday, February 29th and Saturday, March 7th . The road closures will happen at three intersections along 17th at Perry Street and Newton Street as well as 16th and Osceola Street. During construction the lot on 17th (Sheridan Blvd Parking) will be limited and the bridge will unavailable for pedestrians, commuters and cyclists. The crusher fine trail adjacent to the bridge will be available for park users.
Survey 2 [CLOSED as of Dec. 31]: View survey results (PDF)
View the final preferred concept (PDF)
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.)
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:
Public Outreach Materials
April 2019: Concept Plan Feedback Surveys
Discovery Session 1: December 1, 2018
Download the Session Summary (PDF)
Project Kickoff Survey: Closed 12/20/2018
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.
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.
Join Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) for an informational open house to learn about and provide comments on plans for the future Vanderbilt Park East, planned for a site on the old Gates Rubber Factory near I-25 and Broadway.
Staff from DPR and the area’s development team, Broadway Station Partners, will be available to share preliminary design concepts for the new park, along with updates on the new transit-oriented community planned for the site:
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Lincoln Elementary School | 710 S. Pennsylvania St. Denver, CO 80209
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As envisioned by the 2011 Washington Park Master Plan, the new playground (Aug. 2018) along the park's diagonal road replaces the north playground by the boathouse as the regional playground for the area.
In September 2018 the north playground was removed, as the wooden structure was past its useful life and posed safety concerns.
Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) will conduct a public process with the neighborhood to discuss design ideas to re-envision this space based on the park’s master plan. Timing for this project is TBD. Stay tuned for public outreach details!
The basketball court on the west side of Washington Park has been decomissioned and will serve as the construction stage for the adjacent ditch project, currently in the design phase and scheduled to be complete sometime in 2021. This will help minimize construction impacts in the high-use area. Once the ditch project is complete, DPR will demolish the old asphalt and restore the area with sod.
Small fixes like broken sprinklers or playground equipment can be reported through pocketgov.com 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.
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 pocketgov.com 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.
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 godenverparks.denvergov.org to connect with our volunteer community, and to sign up for one-time or ongoing projects. Visit denvergov.org/VolunteerDPR to learn more about the various volunteer opportunities within DPR, or to contact the DPR Volunteer Coordinator.
Residents should report issues to pocketgov.com or 311 (720-913-1311) so that a case can be generated, routed to the appropriate agency/team, tracked and closed.
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.
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 denvergov.org/ParkRangers for schedules and additional details.
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 denvergov.org/ParkRules.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 denvergov.org/Picnics for more information or to book a site.
The Denver Office of Special Events maintains an event calendar of all public events held on city property. Find the schedule at denvergov.org/SpecialEvents.
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 denvergov.org/Permits.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected with the most appropriate maintenance shop or recreation center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 denvergov.org/VolunteerDPR, fill out the Adopt-a-Dog Park Agreement and return to email@example.com.
Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) hosts a variety of programming for all ages at the city’s 28 recreation centers and pools. Visit denvergov.org/Recreation to find drop-in fitness classes along with membership information and our comprehensive activity guide (also available in all Denver Recreation Centers).
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 denvergov.org/SwimmingPools 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
To gather public feedback and improve planning and design processes, online surveys are open periodically.
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