A vibrant community with residential and mixed-use land makes up the River North project. One of six projects of the NDCC, the current planning team is looking for creative ways to stitch this energetic community to the rest of the city. Enriching the use of the South Platte River is one component of the project that can increase the residential and mixed-use component of River North. As plans move forward at River North, the neighborhood already has plenty to offer.
Home to an evolving River North Arts District, River North is also home to the TAXI district and the new The Source consisting of creative office and residential space, restaurants, bars, and other small businesses. Its hip industrial atmosphere is bringing the trendy in flocks for a unique experience that continues to progress.
River North’s evolution is expected to continue over the next twenty years through transit oriented development near 38th and Blake, as well as a mixed-use development.
The City and County of Denver’s 35th/36th Pedestrian Bridge Project will identify the location and design of a new pedestrian and bike connection between the River North, Curtis Park and Cole neighborhoods and the future Regional Transportation District (RTD) 38th & Blake commuter rail station. The bridge will span over the railroad tracks to connect Blake Street and Wazee Street between 35th and 36th Streets. The new bridge is planned to be completed in conjunction with the opening of RTD’s East Rail Line in 2016.
Creating a pedestrian/bicycle connection between the west side of the South Platte River to the east side of the South Platte River in River North has been envisioned for a number of years. The bridge was originally called for in the 2008 River North (RiNo) Greenway Master Plan. In 2010, the River Vision Implementation Plan identified a pedestrian-oriented bridge connection in River North connecting the west and east sides of River North crossing the South Platte River. The NDCC recognizes the need to build on the assets of River North and has kicked off efforts with partners to begin design.
The City and County of Denver’s Public Infrastructure (38th & Blake Station) TOD Project will make infrastructure improvements to provide better pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular access to the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD’s) future 38th & Blake rail station that is being built as part of its FasTracks program.
The project will construct thousands of feet of new sidewalks immediately surrounding the station and make improvements to the existing Blake Street Bridge over 38th Street, which has been identified by the City and local community as a priority for improving accessibility to the station.
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.
The NDCC and Parks & Rec have recently completed the public process for RiNo Park (December 2015). To review the Preferred Concept Design, click here.