River North Promenade
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.