City Park Master Plan Update

Please take some time to reflect and support citizen input on the future of City Park. Visit the CITY PARK MASTER PLAN UPDATE page for the latest information on:

  • Park use and experience
  • Circulation
  • Roads and walkways

City Park Circulation Option

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City Park Alliance Produces Results!

17218264156_cd3e25e960_zAll 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.


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City Park 2017 Summer Events

ColfaxMarathon.pngThe 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


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Neil Cassady – A Literary Hide & Seek


Neal Cassady (left) and Jack Kerouac

City Park already features important literary elements with the Shakespeare Elm and a statue of Scottish poet Robert Burns. The City Park Neighborhood Advisory Committee (CPNAC) would like to enhance the literary elements in the park by adding a tribute to Denver’s own Neal Cassady.

Cassady attended East High School where he met Hal Chase who introduced him to Jack Kerouac and other writers associated with the Beat Movement. Cassady became a muse for Kerouac, who attributed his writing style made famous in his Novel, On The Road, to a letter received from Cassady. Kerouac called this letter, now known as the Joan Anderson Letter, “the greatest piece of writing [he] ever saw, better’n anybody in America…” Cassady’s writing inspired Kerouac’s style, and his outsized personality inspired some of Kerouac’s characters, like the thinly disguised Dean Moriarty from On the Road. 

The Project

The City Park Neighborhood Advisory Committee received a grant from the City of Denver as part of the P.S. You Are Here grant program, to celebrate Neal Cassady through a temporary art project in City Park. The City Park Alliance has agreed to support this effort as a non-profit fiduciary agent from which the grant funds can be managed. The Neal Cassady tribute is designed to bring people to the park to celebrate his influence and further enhance the literary elements in the park with a vision of eventually bringing a long-term tribute to Cassady into City Park and/or the East High School Esplanade.

The project will use Rainworks paint, a paint which is visible only when it is wet, to showcase excerpts of Neal Cassady’s work onto the sidewalks of City Park. Clues will be provided on social media as to the location and content of these paintings, and people will be encouraged to bring water bottles or use existing water sources to uncover Cassady’s musings. CPNAC recognizes that City Park often functions too much as an event space; a place where people drive to an event, then leave shortly thereafter. In addition to enhancing the existing literary elements in the park and celebrating the influence of East High School graduate, Neal Cassady, this project will improve “placemaking” in the park by providing a unique experience that encourages people to linger and explore City Park.

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CPA to Support the Master Plan & Design Guidelines

City Park Alliance will donate $7,140 to support the City Park Master Plan and City Park Design Guidelines.

$3,570 was donated during the open solicitation period as a fundraising effort to provide the community match required as part of a grant to update the City Park Master Plan and create design guidelines for City Park.  $1,550 was donated by the City Park Friends and Neighbors (CPFAN) and $2,020 was donated directly to the City Park Alliance. City Park Alliance will match the $3,570 donated in order to provide $7,140 to Historic Denver to support these efforts.

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What’s going on in Duck Lake?

Cormorant in Duckweed at Duck Lake

Cormorant in Duckweed at Duck Lake

A habitat for Canada geese, cormorants, black-crowned night-herons and snowy egrets, more so than ducks these days, the growth of duckweed gives new meaning to the name, “Duck Lake.” As of late summer this year, duckweed has taken over the entire surface of the lake in City Park.

Is this a problem? What’s your view? 

Read the Denver Post piece on the duckweed phenomenon.

Graylag in Duckweed at Duck Lake

Graylag in Duckweed at Duck Lake

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Denver Zoo Cancels Plans for Biomass Gasification in City Park

The Denver Zoological Foundation will seek partners to complete the development and deployment of the innovative technology behind its planned Waste To Energy technology off site and has cancelled its plans to operate the system at Denver Zoo.   More information related to this change in direction is provided in a press release from the Denver Zoo.

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