As development eats away at Denver’s green space, the “city within a park” is becoming a concrete metropolis.
More than a century ago, Denver’s leaders — inspired by the City Beautiful movement — built toward the ideal of a “city within a park.” But the last 20 years have seen immense change, as Denver’s population has exploded and developers cover more and more of the city’s remaining nature. Green space per capita is decreasing in the Mile High City as leaders sign off and developers transform urban environment.
In the series
- Part 1: Green space disappearing in Denver faster than in other cities.
- Part 2: Residents facing green space crunch seek room to roam.
- Part 3: Push to regain green space faces obstacles of environment, equity.
The Denver Post’s analysis found
- Green space in Denver is disappearing faster than in most other cities, with paved-over cover increasing from 19 percent of the city in 1974 to 48 percent in 2018 (not including Denver International Airport), federal and city data show. Up to 69 percent of the city is expected to be paved or covered by 2040. Only New York and a few mega cities exceed that level of what planners call “imperviousness.”
- Denver ranks nearly last among major U.S. cities, including New York, in park space as a percentage of total area. It also ranks nearly last in park acres per resident.
- City leaders are overriding residents’ desire for increased green space as they sign off on more high-density development.
- The dwindling of nature in Denver could lead to potentially overwhelming increases in stormwater runoff, and is causing worsening heat-wave impacts and likely hurting residents’ physical and mental health.
- The situation has reached a point that clashes with the “green” images Denver economic development officials project to promote growth, tourism and the outdoor recreation industry.
Installation of New Traffic Signals
Starting Monday, January 14, 2019, work crews will install new traffic signals on E 23rd Avenue at the new entrance to the golf course, which is across from the main entrance to the Denver Zoo.
Aerial photo of City Park Golf Course under construction
Expect Minor Delays
Expect minor delays from January 14 to January 25 while crews install utilities for the new traffic signals. Workers will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction on E 23rd Avenue during this two-week period. Crews will work on the north side of E 23rd Avenue from January 14 to January 18, 2019, and then will continue work on the south side of E 23rd Avenue the following week. The sidewalk on the south side of E 23rd Avenue and the entrance to the Denver Zoo will remain open during this time. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic.
Once installation of the utilities for the traffic signals is complete, crews will reconfigure the center traffic island and traffic lanes, construct new curbs, gutters and pedestrian ramps, and install the new traffic signals. This street work is expected to last throughout the month of February 2019. Details regarding traffic control for this phase of construction will be forthcoming.
RTD will close the bus stops at the Zoo entrance for both east and west bound buses (Route 32) for the duration of the construction. The other stops along E 23rd Avenue between Colorado Boulevard and York Street will remain open, per RTD.
City Park Golf Course Redesign – Contact Information
Denver Parks and Recreation wants your ideas and feedback for the design of a new City Park playground.
- The online survey remains open through November 30.
- A final open house event at the Carla Madison Recreation Center on December 15.
City Park’s Dustin Redd Playground Open House
Join Denver Parks and Recreation for the unveiling of the preferred concept for Dustin Redd Playground. This is an opportunity for the community to provide final input on the design.
Public Open House #3
Saturday, December 15, 2018
10:00am – 12:00pm
Carla Madison Recreation Center Multipurpose Room, 2401 E. Colfax Ave.
If you were not able to attend the last Open House Meeting to review the design concepts for the Dustin Redd Playground on October 17, you can now take the online survey to share your thoughts. This survey reflects the information shared at the public open house, and is now online to gather more of your comments and ideas. To learn more, and read the project FAQ’s visit www.denvergov.org/parkprojects.
All donations to City Park Alliance are used directly toward projects in City Park, and every effort is made to leverage your donations with other partners to maximize the impact of your contribution. In fact, donations to City Park Alliance since 2012 have been used to support over $300,000 in park projects since 2012.
Visit our Projects Page to learn more about what the City Park Alliance is doing to support City Park, and your tax deductible donations can be provided online or via mail.
The summer of 2017 brings a number of exciting events to City Park. Events in the summer of 2017 are highlighted by 10 weeks of City Park Jazz concerts, the newly reformatted Colorado Classic Bike Race, the Colfax Marathon, several museum and zoo free days sponsored by the SCFD, and of course, the City Park Ice Cream Social. While it’s unfortunate to see some of the more popular events like National Get Outdoors Day and the Tour de Fat move on to different venues, there is still plenty to get excited about this summer in City Park.
Events in City Park are available on the Office of Special Events Calendar, but we took the time to extract the events in City Park and post them on the City Park Alliance web site:
City Park 2017 Events Calendar