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Open space land surrounding Heron Pond

Phase 1: Park Design

BioBlitz: June 29 | 10am - 12pm

Pollinators such as bees and butterflies are facing a more difficult struggle to survive every day. Join DPR and community partners at Heron Pond/Heller/Carpio-Sanguientte Park for BioBlitz, a fun an educational event to learn more about pollinators in our area, along with the future park design! Enter at 51st & Washington St.

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Trae toda la familia a BioBlitz! ¿Sabías que los polinizadores son una parte esencial de nuestro ecosistema? Los polinizadores, como las abejas y las mariposas, enfrentan una lucha más difícil para sobrevivir todos los días. Heron Pond/Heller/Carpio-Sanguinette Park está organizando un BioBlitz, un evento divertido y educativo para aprender más sobre los polinizadores en nuestra área. Esta es también una gran oportunidad para aprender sobre el diseño del nuevo parque.

CUANDO: June 29, 2019 10am-12pm
DONDE: entrar en la calle 51 y Washington

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Community Outreach Pop-Up's:

Feb. 20, 2019: Members of the design team set up a table at the Stapleton Recreation Center to show the design and answer project related questions.

April 3, 2019: The Heron Pond/Heller/Carpio-Sanguinette Park project joined the Globeville Stormwater System Study public meeting to educate the surrounding neighborhood about both projects.


Public Meetings

Public Meeting 1: Tues. August 21, 2018
Presentation (PDF) | presentación en español (PDF) | Boards (PDF)
Design Survey #1 [CLOSED Sept. 2018]

Public Meeting 2: Sat. Nov. 3, 2018
Design survey 2: [CLOSED Dec. 2018]

Master Plan Background Information

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC) are leading an effort with the surrounding communities to re-envision approximately 80 acres of city property and existing open space around Heron Pond to serve as a regional and local amenity. This community-driven effort will develop a plan for future recreation amenities and provide the opportunity for residents to engage with nature along river in the Globeville and Elyria/Swansea neighborhoods. The area will become a regional asset as one of the largest remaining open space areas along the South Platte River in Denver.

The Heron Pond Master Plan will shape ideas for how the property can:

  • Improve wildlife habitat, community access and safety
  • Enhance connections to the South Platte River corridor and surrounding neighborhoods
  • Unify Heron Pond Natural Area, Heller Open Space, Northside Park, and adjacent city properties

Portions of the master plan area are located within the Asarco Globe Cleanup Site. The properties have been remediated to remove or contain the contamination. Denver’s Department of Environmental Health will participate in the master planning process to ensure recommendations build on the health and safely of the overall site conditions. Thoughtful development of the master plan will allow for an assortment of recreational opportunities and natural area experiences, while ensuring the environmental remediation’s integrity. 

información de fondo del proyecto »

Community input will guide the master plan priorities. The project's initial goals and desired outcomes include:

  • Provide residents with connections to the site’s natural areas and recreational amenities.
  • Create opportunities for urban youth to participate in environmental education.
  • Improve river ecosystem health through habitat restoration and innovative water systems.
  • Enhance visibility and connections between Heron Pond and embankments along the South Platte River.
  • Provide opportunities for residents to share the history of Heron Pond, Heller Open Space, Northside Park and the South Platte River.
  • Engage the communities to unify the various areas within the site into one open space vision that addresses the desires of the community.
  • Leverage/complement adjacent redevelopment.
  • Position the plan for resourceful and strategically phased implementation and identify early improvements. 

Public Meeting 3:

Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Northside Park

Public Meeting 2

Date: Wednesday, July 19
Time: 530-7:00PM
Location: Garden Place Elementary School | 4425 Lincoln Street Denver, CO 80216

Public Meeting 1

Date: Wednesday, February 22
Time: 5:30PM—­7:00PM
Location: Garden Place Elementary School Gymnasium | 4425 Lincoln Street Denver, CO 80216

Community Picnic

Date: Saturday, May 13
Time: 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Location: Northside Park

Heron Pond Master Plan Boundary

plan boundaries map including heller open space, northside park, and heron pond

Steering Committee

Meeting 1: 1/17/2017
notes (PDF)

Meeting 2: 2/16/2017
notes (PDF)

Meeting 3: 4/20/2017
notes (PDF)

Meeting 4: 5/23/2017
notes (PDF)

Meeting 5: 6/20/2017
notes (PDF)

Meeting 6: 8/8/2017
notes (PDF)

Meeting 7
notes (PDF)


Public Meetings

Meeting 1: February 22, 2017
notes (PDF) | community feedback (PDF)

Meeting 2: 5/13/2017
notes (PDF) | feedback (PDF)

Meeting 3: 7/19/2017
notes (PDF)

Meeting 4: 10/7/2017
notes and community feedback (PDF)


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Project Status: Phase 1 Design Initiated

BioBlitz Family Event
June 29, 2019
10am - 12pm
51st & Washington St. 


WATCH: Carpio-Sanguinette Park Playground Design


Questions? Contact Cinceré Eades:
720.913.0655 |

Parks & Recreation
Public Meeting Calendar

Project Contacts

Cinceré Eades, Project Manager
Denver Parks and Recreation

Andrew Ross, Environmental Projects Manager
North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative

Sarah Anderson, Water Quality Program
Public Works