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PARK & FACILITY PROJECTS

Park Improvements

When are park and recreation improvements coming to my neighborhood?

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.

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 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.

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 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.

 

Park Rules

How can I report a problem in a park?

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.

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 denvergov.org/ParkRangers 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 denvergov.org/ParkRules.

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 park.permits@denvergov.org 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.  

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 denvergov.org/SpecialEvents.

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 denvergov.org/Permits.

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 parksandrecreation@denvergov.org 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 denvergov.org/VolunteerDPR, fill out the Adopt-a-Dog Park Agreement and return to tina.myers@denvergov.org

 

Recreation

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 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).

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 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 aquaticsjobs@denvergov.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.

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

The preferred concept was developed with robust community engagement and guidance from neighborhood representatives serving as members of Stakeholder Design Committee. The final concept design for the park includes:

  • A playground (with swings, sand play and a unique Wallhola structure with slide)
  • A small interactive water spray area
  • Shade shelter with picnic tables and grills
  • Game tables and seating areas
  • Grass lawn with shade trees and plantings
  • An art wall and opportunities to celebrate and showcase the unique character and history of the Park Hill Neighborhood

 

Schedule - A series of community open houses were held between January 2019 and April 2019.  The final open house was held on April 25, 2019 to review design drawings of the preferred concept.  Construction documentation is currently underway with an anticipated completion in Q1 2020.  Construction contract bidding will take 6 to 8 months, with an anticipated construction start date in late Q4 2020.  The park is expected to open in Summer 2021. 

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

 

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.

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 + South Meadow Concept Design

Project Scope:
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.

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.

View the preferred concept meeting boards (PDF)

Survey 2: Design Options
Review Design Options (PDF)

Thank you to everyone who came to meeting #2 to review design options! If you were unable to attend, please review the design options that were presented, and provide your feedback by taking the survey!
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Public Meeting 1: August 12, 2019
Survey 1: CLOSED as of 9/23/2019
Public Meeting 2: October 15, 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.

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:

  1. Review all three pool design options (PDF)
  2. Take the survey and tell us what you like best about your favorite option!

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Download the project summary sheet (PDF)

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:

  • June 2019: Design procurement
  • Fall 2020: Design completion
  • Winter 2020: Begin construction procurement
  • Spring 2021: Begin construction
  • Winter 2022: Project completion

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Public Outreach:

Public Meeting 1: September 10, 2019
Public Survey 1: CLOSED

Construction to begin: 11/26/2018
Expected completion: February 2020

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. 

 

 

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).

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Community Outreach

Tuesday, October 9, 2018:
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]

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)

Take the park user survey for the Martinez Park Master Plan!

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.

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¡Responda la encuesta ahora!

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.

Open House 1: Tues. November 12, 2019 | Ashley Elementary School

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:

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.

As part of the Elevate Denver Bond Program, Denver Parks & Recreation (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.

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.

Re-Imagine Play

Phase 1 opened in June 2018. Take the post-construction survey to let DPR know how this process went.(https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/pacopostcon

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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

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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

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.

Learn more about this project.

River North Park is currently under construction and is scheduled to open summer 2020. 

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. Construction is dependent on funding.

Promenade Design Outreach:

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

Public meeting 4: November 13, 2018
Presentation (PDF)

 

Public Open House 1: Tues. November 19; 6-8:00 p.m.

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:

South Playground Update

Survey 2 | Open through Dec. 31: Design Concepts & Play Elements

CANCELED - Open House #2: Thursday, November 21, 2019; rescheduled for January 2020- details TBD.

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.)

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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:

Additional popup events may occur, as well as online surveys.  Event details will be posted as they become available.

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.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Stout Street Children’s Park community engagement! See the link below for the results from the site analysis, community engagement, and the final concept designs for the park

Summary and Final Conceptual Design  (PDF)

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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North Playground Replacement

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!
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Basketball Court/Ditch

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.

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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