River North Park

Denver, CO

Adaptive reuse approaches at new urban park reflect eclectic Denver neighborhood

The City and County of Denver Parks and Recreation and the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC) determined that a new park was needed in the emerging River North (RiNo) neighborhood.  The City envisioned the park to be a direct reflection of the up-and-coming trendy arts district – an intimate, creative, and iconic park that would highlight the sustainability, arts, and culture of the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as enhance the ecology of the river corridor in new and creative ways.

Wenk Associates led a multi-disciplinary team in preparing a master plan and construction documentation for the 3.5-acre park, located along the South Platte River, and in providing conceptual design for the adjacent riverfront promenade that will eventually connect to downtown Denver.  The public outreach process included a unique, grassroots approach to engaging the public and stakeholders, as well as public meetings to present ideas and solicit community feedback.  The park plan includes an adaptive reuse approach to repurpose existing buildings as plaza and makerspaces.  The park will also provide lounge areas with moveable seating, performance areas, flexible event space, creative play areas, public art, urban agriculture, stormwater gardens, and access to the South Platte River.


City and County of Denver, Parks and Recreation


Under Construction (2019)


Wenk Associates  Lead Consultants
Tres Birds  Architects
Laura Curry  Public Outreach/Cultural Audit
EES  Civil Engineers
HKS  Survey
RockSol Consulting Group  Geotechnical Engineers
LT Engineering  Structural Engineers
SSG and CE Croup  Mechanical/Electrical Engineers
Hydrosystems-KDI  Irrigation


River North Park Cultural Audit 
by Laura Curry