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Park Improvements

When are park and recreation improvements coming to my neighborhood?

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

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

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

How can I get involved in a volunteer project?

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


Park Rules

How can I report a problem in a park?

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

How can I report park rule violations?

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

Who are the Park Rangers?

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

What are the rules on trails?

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

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

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

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

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


Park Operations

When do parks open and close?

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

When do I need a park permit?

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

Where can I find a schedule of events in parks?

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

How do I know if athletic fields are closed?

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

Can I park my vehicle in a park overnight?

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

Is there a lost and found?

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

When do park restrooms open?

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

When are water fountains turned on?

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

Why are some drinking fountains not turned on?

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

When are flowerbeds planted?

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

Why can’t parks be irrigated at night only?

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

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

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

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

Why do dog parks close sometimes?

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

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

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



How do I sign up for recreation activities?

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

When do outdoor pools open?

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

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

View DPR's full capital projects list (PDF)

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 held between January 2019 through April 2019. Final Open House was held on April 25, 2019 to review design drawings of the preferred concept. Construction documentation and construction contract bidding and procurement will take place May 2019 to February 2020. Construction of the park will start in March - April 2020. The new public park is expected to open in November - December 2020.

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


Plans for a pocket park at 29th and Fairfax are being developed with input from the community. Public engagement will continue through April 2019 with construction is anticipated to begin early 2020. Find details below on how to provide input, along with project background information and community outreach materials.

Current Survey (closing April 12, 2019):
Provide feedback on preferred concept designs!

Contact For any other public accommodation requests/concerns contact


Historic Project Information

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

2018 Pre-Planning Public Meetings:

  • February 22, 2018: Identify experiences the park should provide the Park Hill Community
    Meeting minutes (PDF)

  • March 13, 2018: Identify park elements the park should provide the Park Hill Community 
    Minutes (PDF) | Presentation (PDF)

  • April 3, 2018: Share and discuss concepts for the park
    Handout (PDF) |Meeting boards (PDF) |Presentation (PDF)

  • April 17, 2018:Discuss park concepts and site options
    Meeting minutes (PDF)

FAQ (PDF) as of May 2018


Tennis Court Improvements

Public meeting 1: December 11, 2018
Site concept plan (PDF) | Notes (PDF)


NEW: Take the Preliminary Design Concept Survey (open thorugh Oct. 24)

Project Location and 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)


Dustin Redd + South Meadow Concept Design

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

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

Download the flyer (PDF)

View the preferred concept meeting boards (PDF)

Survey 2:

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

Download playground design graphics:

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Community Outreach

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


City Park Master Plan

Learn more about this project.


Public Meeting 2: Tuesday, Oct. 15

6:00-8:00 p.m. @ Carla Madison Recreation Center
Find full event details.

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

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

Construction Update: February 2019

  • Phase 1 Construction which included areas outside the floodplain began in mid-June 2018. Check out a time-lapse video of work completed June-December 2018. 
  • All permits and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approval required for construction work in the floodplain areas were received in January 2019 and Phase 2 construction in areas within floodplain will begin in February 2019.
  • Overall construction is estimated to be complete by mid-late 2019.
  • The re-vegetation and landscape establishment is anticipated to take an additional 2-3 years


Update: June 27, 2018

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

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

Construction Schedule:

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


Read the First Creek Park Master Plan (PDF)

View the Site Diagram (PDF)

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.

Upcoming Public Meeting 2: November 13, 2019


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


Public Outreach:

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

NOTICE: Construction to begin 11/26/2018

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

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

Project Background

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




An Elevate Denver Bond Project

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

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

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

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


Community Outreach

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

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

August 11, 2018:

Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) community BBQ

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

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

Community Meeting Materials:

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

Update: June 15, 2018:

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

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

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

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

Anticipated next steps:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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)

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.

Hampden @
Dayton, Akron & Willow:

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


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

Evans: Between University & Fillmore

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

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

Project Timeline:

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

The project is anticipated to be complete late spring 2019. 

Re-Imagine Play

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


Read the groundbreaking press release.

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

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

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

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


Public Outreach

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

October 5, 2014
Community Event

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

March 17, 2015
Community Meeting Presentation

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

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

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.

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

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


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

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

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:

  • September 21: Popup at Jammin’ on the Jetty
  • October 3: Popup at Sloan's Lake South Playground | 4PM - Dusk
  • Open through October 17: Take the Sloan's Lake South Playground Survey
  • October 24: Open House #1 | 5:00 - 7:00PM | Lake Middle School
  • November 9: Popup at Sloan's Lake South Playground | 10AM - 12PM
  • November 2019: Open House #2 | Details TBD

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


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.

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

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


Public Meeting 2: Sat. June 2, 2018

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

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

Stop by for:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Por favor comunique otras solicitudes de adaptación del acceso público a

North Playground Replacement

Update as of Aug. 31, 2018: 
Thank you to all who came out to celebrate the opening of the new Washington Park regional playground! As envisioned by the 2011 Washington Park Master Plan, this new playground replaces the north playground by the boathouse as the regional playground for the area.

Beginning next month, the north playground will be removed, as the wooden structure is past its useful life and poses safety concerns, such as splinters, for children playing on it. Demolition of the north playground is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 17, 2018.

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) will conduct a public process with the neighborhood startin to discuss design ideas to re-envision this space based on the park’s master plan. We look forward to working with the community to discuss ideas for this area.

Stay tuned for public outreach details!


South Tennis Court Resurfacing

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

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

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


Diagonal Road Playground Replacement

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

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

Concept Plan (PDF): January 2017

Advisory Committee Meeting: November 13, 2015

Public Meeting 1: November 17, 2015
Presentation | Minutes

Public Meeting 2: March 3, 2016
Presentation | Minutes


Loop Road Modifications 

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

View the final loop road safety recommendations (PDF)

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

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

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

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