The 39th Avenue Greenway and Open Channel will effectively and safely convey floodwater to the outfall at Globeville Landing Park. Outside of storm events the area will remain mostly dry.
This channel is an integral part of Platte to Park Hill: Stormwater Systems. It was designed using a community-focused approach to provide the following benefits in addition to flood protection:
The City and County of Denver, through the work of the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) and Denver Parks and Recreation, is excited to announce the opening of the new 39th Avenue Greenway from Franklin to Steele Streets in northeast Denver! The stormwater improvement project, built to mitigate recurrent flooding issues in this area of town, fulfills community desires for new outdoor recreational space, water quality and improved connections for traveling.
Denver to Recommend SEMA for Construction of 39th Avenue Greenway and Park Hill Detention Design/Build Project
News Release - September 28, 2017
The Request For Proposals (RFP) includes guidelines that will drive the design of the greenway and multi-use trail based on input received from the public and representatives of the Cole and Clayton neighborhoods. Residents, including local property owners, participated in a nine-month, collaborative process to develop and inform the design guidelines included in the RFP.
The design of the preferred project footprint will continue to progress through the end of the year and into 2017. We have identified properties that – depending on the ultimate design of the project – may require a temporary or permanent easement to access and utilize part of a property during construction and/or for maintenance after construction; or the purchase of some or all of a property.
We are currently seeking approval to initiate our land acquisition authority process. This process is called a Land Acquisition Ordinance (“LAO”). If approved by City Council, the LAO allows us to initiate conversations with owners of properties that may require an easement or need to be purchased. If your property is identified in the LAO, you will be notified in writing with a Notice of Intent which will outline additional processes to facilitate the acquisition process.
Open drainage systems in the form of greenways and open channels naturally clean stormwater as it flows. Green infrastructure like the 39th Avenue greenway offers opportunities to:
The planting and vegetation surrounding the open channel will provide natural filtration to improve water quality. Additionally, open channels help remove water borne contaminants by exposing them to sunlight and are generally safer than large underground pipes as they slow and control stormwater across wider channels and gentler banks.
Vegetation at Weir Gulch provides water filtration benefits
Recreational and green space come together at Greenway Park
As part of a community-focused and benefits-driven process, the City is currently working with local residents to identify design guidelines for the greenway.
The Greenway opened to the public in November 2020 and took approximately two years to construct.
March 2017 Open House
August 2016 Community Workshop