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The NDCC’s health and wellness projects and programs create or improve green open spaces that foster the gathering and well-being of residents; develop tools and build infrastructure that protect the environment, people, and property in north Denver.


The Globeville Landing Outfall (GLO) project includes a redesign of Globeville Landing Park combined with a new storm water open channel connecting to the South Platte River. The overall project is referred to as an ‘outfall’ because this is the location where the storm water enters (or ‘outfalls’ to) the South Platte River. This project is essential to improving flood protection in the areas addressed in the Platte to Park Hill Stormwater Systems plan, and is scheduled to be completed first in order to safely receive storm water from the other project areas. 

A new open channel design will help clean storm water naturally when possible and will move the water to its ultimate destination, the South Platte River. The redesign of the drainage system provides the surrounding neighborhoods with a unique opportunity to improve and renovate the entire Globeville Landing Park by: 

  • Re-envisioning the current park to improve its use, connectivity, and appeal to the surrounding communities
  • Removing the existing concrete culvert and reclaiming this area as park land
  • Adding a natural open channel with plants and vegetation (as opposed to a concrete channel) that will move storm water safely
  • Addressing concerns that the current park design is perceived as unsafe due to limited visibility
  • Providing opportunities to help naturally clean storm water as it flows through the natural open channel (referred to as ‘water quality’). 

Click here to learn more about this project. 

The Globeville Stormwater Systems Study involves the community in exploring solutions around stormwater management options, making residents and businesses active players in defining tools and infrastructure that enhance the safety of their neighborhoods. 

Final Community Meeting! Wednesday April 3, 2019

Learn more about the Globeville Stormwater Systems Study

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. 

Visit the Parks project page to learn more.

This project is not fully underway yet. Check back here for more information.

Reinvigorating the South Platte River Front is a priority for RiNo.

RiNo Park is envisioned as a recreational focal point for the community and a key entry point to the South Platte Greenway.  It will feature a playground, large grassy area, and repurposed buildings for gathering spaces, among other amenities. Construction of the park is funded.

The park is designed to integrate with the River North Promenade, a linear park that will extend from 31st to 40th St. The Promenade is funded to 30% design.

View the RiNo Park & Promenade project page to learn more.

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 the St. Charles Rec Center section of the Denver Parks project page to learn more.

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The CDOT Central 70 Project and the City of Denver are partnering to provide home improvements to those living closest to the I-70 viaduct. The purpose of this program is to reduce noise and dust during construction by providing improvements that help insulate homes.

View the Central 70 project page to learn more.

Upgrades to Argo Park includes new sidewalk loops added to the park (Phase 2 on the east and Phase 3 on the west). 

View the Argo Park section of the Parks project page to learn more.

Construction on the Dunham Park is scheduled to start as early as Monday, April 17. Work will include replacing playground equipment and surfacing, and adding sidewalk connections along the basketball court.

View the Dunham Park section of the Parks project page to learn more.


Odor was identified as a top priority in the Globeville and Elyria Swansea Health Impact Assessment (2014), as well as the Globeville (2014) and Elyria Swansea (2015) Neighborhood Plans. In response to the community's feedback, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and the NDCC proposed changes to Denver’s odor ordinance, aiming to improve the city's responses to complaints and charter a course for change if odors become to disruptive. Changes include:

  • Who can complain  Business owners and employees, in addition to residents, would be able to file formal complaints.
  • Extend complaint time period  The time period within which five complaints must be received to trigger enforcement would be lengthened from 12 hours to 30 days.
  • Specific industries – Businesses within certain industry types (for example: pet food manufacturing, marijuana grow facilities, rendering plants, asphalt shingle manufacturing, sewage treatment facilities) would be automatically required to develop and submit an odor control plan for approval by Denver’s Environmental Health.
  • Odor control plan requirement  Facilities that exceed the complaint or dilution threshold standards, or fall within specific industry types, would be required to develop an odor control plan instead of receiving a citation.

Visit the Public Health Odors page for more information and next steps.

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