Wenk Associates led master planning through construction for the visionary development of a park from an abandoned sewage treatment plant. The site occupied the center of a developable area along the South Platte River. Because of high demolition costs, no appropriate or economically feasible use could be identified for the 13-acre plant site. Wenk Associates suggested reuse of plant infrastructure, presenting a viable solution and resulting in a net savings of up to 25% of demolition costs.
The plan for the park includes multi-purpose play fields, adaptive reuse of plant structures for park shelters, and restoration of wildlife habitat. A concrete-lined drainage channel was re-routed to improve water quality and to add to the richness of the park environment. The park has won numerous awards for design and land stewardship.
The design kept many elements of the plant in place while creating a park that is beautiful and inviting.
The design created "urban sculpture in a park".
The park is a short distance from Downtown Denver and easily accessible by the Platte River Greenway.