Denver Parks and Recreation will no longer be constructing the “City Loop” project in City Park. On March 22, Lauri Dannemiller, Director of Denver Parks and Recreation, addressed a crowded room of stakeholders at the Denver Zoo to note that the City Loop project will not be constructed in City Park. Denver Parks and Recreation and the City of Denver will look for a new location for the City Loop, but it will not be built in City Park. Upon making the announcement, the audience, largely supported by the Registered Neighborhood Organizations bordering City Park, cheered loudly in support. During a ten minute address at the March 22 meeting, Ms. Dannemiller made the following points:
- The City Loop will not be built in City Park, but other locations within the city will be considered.
- In the short term, safety repairs will be made to the Dustin Redd playground, but over time the costs and effort to maintain the Dustin Redd playground will outpace the costs for replacement.
- A volunteer day will take place soon for citizens to get involved in repairing the existing structure. (A sign-up sheet circulated around the meeting and more details will follow on the City Park Alliance web site).
- Denver Parks and Recreation will initiate a process to build a new playground at City Park within 3-5 years.
- The construction of the new playground in City Park will include significant stakeholder input early on in the process.