This past fall, DPR continued to solicit input from the public. The community Stakeholder Working Group met two times, providing further guidance and feedback to the department. Based on this outreach, the following statement was developed to establish the park’s character and help draft goals and principles for the future of City Park:
City Park is ‘the People’s Park’ with a 120-year legacy as Denver’s most loved public space. The park’s distinct spatial patterns of large open meadows and lakes are defined by mature forested groves, curving roads and paths, and allees of trees. Living collections and gardens, gateways, monuments, and buildings and structures strategically define entries, views, and park experiences, adding to the park’s grandeur. Together, these define the People’s Park, where experiences are offered for all, from tranquil walks, to play and biking, to outings to the Zoo and Museum.
Draft goals for City Park’s future, consistent with rehabilitation approach:
- (RE)Connect the community with City Park – physically, visually, and socially
- Preserve City Park’s historic features and patterns while integrating new compatible elements
- Follow an integrated approach—considering aesthetics, historical integrity, ecology, and visitor experience—in designing new improvements
- Maximize opportunities for improved ecological function and environmental performance for City Park
- Improve the condition of City Park including infrastructure, vegetation, and features. while recognizing the operational needs of the park and institutions
Draft principles for City Park’s future:
- Park Composition: Maintain the distinct composition of park spaces, views and the individual features that help define these spaces
- Circulation: Establish a comprehensive circulation system with improved connections and access to, and within, the park for all modes that builds upon City Park’s character.
- Vegetation and Ecology: Protect and expand City Park’s vegetation patterns and plant species to preserve character, provide wildlife or bird habitat or other ecological benefits, and to create ecological diversity.
- Water: Protect constructed water features to preserve park character, and to enhance water quality and ecological function.
- Buildings and Structures: Preserve contributing buildings and structures, ensure new buildings and structures are consistent with park character, and provide opportunities for compatible park uses.
- Park Uses and Experiences: Maintain a balance of uses and experiences that are integrated with the park’s character and composition.