River North Promenade

Denver, CO

Repurposing a local street into a vibrant, riverfront, pedestrian promenade

The River North (RiNo) Promenade project repurposes an existing local street within an aging industrial neighborhood that is rapidly transforming into a vital mixed-use arts district at the edge of downtown Denver.  Wenk Associates has developed  conceptual planning and design development documents  transforming the site into a mile-long, river edge, pedestrian promenade.

The promenade will be a linear park linking a series of outdoor rooms that accommodate flexible festival space, cafés, and an urban theater. The promenade will be connected to the future River North Park and linked to the South Platte River with cottonwood and native tree groves irrigated by stormwater runoff from adjacent streets. Multiple opportunities are designed for people to access the river’s edge.

Innovative approaches to treat stormwater within the right-of-way are incorporated with curb-less streets adjoining landscape-based (shallow vegetated swales) water quality areas. Custom elements, including a pavilion, gangway, and tower made of recycled/reused materials, create a unique identity along the river for the RiNo community and for the city of Denver as a whole.


City and County of Denver, Parks and Recreation




Wenk Associates  Lead Consultants
Tres Birds  Architects
EES  Civil Engineers
RockSol  Geotechnical Engineers
Merrick & Company  Survey
Clanton Associates  Lighting Design
Hydrosystems-KDI  Irrigation