The River Mile Redevelopment
Waterfront parks and public spaces are the heart of a new Downtown Denver neighborhood
The parks and open spaces will be the heart of the future River Mile redevelopment near downtown Denver. Proposed to be located along a one-mile stretch of South Platte River frontage, they the parks and open spaces will provide a major opportunity for the city to connect with the river in new and meaningful ways. The project proposes both on-site and off-site improvements to rehabilitate impaired river habitat consistent with Denver’s Urban Waterways Feasibility Study, while simultaneously creating a regional, recreational destination.
The River Mile plan provides a variety of open spaces for recreation and leisure along the South Platte River that are complimented by pocket parks, plazas, and playgrounds throughout the interior of the development. A Central Plaza, located along the river, is designed to be the primary urban gathering space for day-to-day activity and special events. Access to the river is provided at key locations to support recreational boating, paddle boarding, and other in-river activities.
A central component of the plan is to increase connectivity to, and along, the river from Downtown Denver as well adjacent neighborhoods. Two pedestrian/bike bridges will connect circulation across the river and encourage activation of these underutilized open spaces. In addition, a looped, urban trail will unify the River Mile redevelopment, Confluence Park, and the Central Commons District. The trail will promote greater pedestrian connectivity along the river and provide a separation of pedestrians from higher speed cyclists along the South Platte River Trail.