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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 the comprehensive list of projects in different stages of the planning process:

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View trail detour and park construction information.

Current Planning & Projects

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

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

Update: July 5, 2018:

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

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

Update: May 9, 2018:

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

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

Next steps in the process:

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

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

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

Background information:

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

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

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


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


2018 Public Meeting Series

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

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

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

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

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

Contact For any other public accommodation requests/concerns contact


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the status of the land swap?
DPR purchased the Xcel parcel but did not have funding for park design and construction. There was an offer made by the developer to accelerate the park design and construction process by including the park as part of the development. The impetus for conversations with the develop was a lack of secured funding for DPR to design and build the park in the immediate future. DPR acknowledges that it was an error to co-develop a concept for the park with the developer without initiating a public process. 

There is currently no deal regarding a land swap. There is a proposal. DPR will make a recommendation after this process is complete.

Q: How quickly would DPR be able to build the park without outside funds?
The park would be placed on DPR’s list of capital improvement projects. Projects typically remain as a request on the list for several years until funding is secured. It is anticipated to take 2-4 years to secure funding.

Q: There is concern among long-time residents that this park is primarily for people who will reside in the new development. Will the park be open to the public?
This will be a public park accessible to all. DPR has no private parks. When the park is established (fully constructed and warranty periods have concluded), it will be designated as a park. This designation ensures it is protected as a park and open to the public.

Q: The community initiated a park visioning/design process in the fall. What will happen to this work/feedback received?
DPR appreciates the time and effort the community dedicated to facilitating these discussions and initial concepts for the park. Through conversations with community members and attendance at your meetings, we fully understand how important it is to work closely with the community to ensure that this park reflects the neighborhood character and activities that you desire.  

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

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

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

Learn more about this project.

Community Meeting Materials:

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

Update: June 15, 2018:

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

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

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

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

Anticipated next steps:

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

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

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

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


Re-Imagine Play

Read the groundbreaking press release.

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

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

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

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


Public Outreach

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

October 5, 2014
Community Event

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

March 17, 2015
Community Meeting Presentation

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

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

Original buildings: Statement of Interest

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

Meeting Summary | Building Analysis | Statement of Interest


River North (RiNo) Promenade

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

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

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

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


River North (RiNo) Park

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

Public Meeting 1, Visioning: August 13, 2015

Public Meeting 2, Concept design: October 15, 2015

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

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


River North Park Master Planning

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

September 2011 Master Plan Presentation
November 2011 Master Plan Presentation

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

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

View the public survey results (PDF)

View the 30% concept plan (PDF)


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

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

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

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


Public Meeting 2: Sat. June 2, 2018

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

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

Stop by for:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about this project, contact


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

Diagonal Road Playground Improvements


Duration: January - August 2018
The playground located at the end of the diagonal road (east of Tennessee & Downing) is being replaced.  The construction period is expected to last until August 1, 2018, unless severe weather causes delays.  The playground will be closed throughout construction.  Visitors are encouraged to use the north playground adjacent to Smith Lake and the Boat House.

Concept Plan (PDF): January 2017

Advisory Committee Meeting: November 13, 2015

Public Meeting 1: November 17, 2015
Presentation | Minutes

Public Meeting 2: March 3, 2016
Presentation | Minutes


Loop Road Modifications 

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

View the final loop road safety recommendations (PDF)

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

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


Update: June 27, 2018:

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

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

View photos

Update: May 25, 2018

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

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


Construction Notice

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

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

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


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

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

Existing conditions
Concept drafts

Public Meeting: July 25, 2015

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

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