Denver is rethinking Cherry Creek and the greenway near Cherry Creek Mall. What would you change?

The goal is “to really get into specific recommendations on how to make the creek more accessible, safe, enjoyable.”

An illustration of the portion of Cherry Creek being considered for a revamp. (City of Denver/edited by Andrew Kenney)
An illustration of the portion of Cherry Creek being considered for a revamp. (City of Denver/edited by Andrew Kenney)
An illustration of the portion of Cherry Creek being considered for a revamp. (City of Denver/edited by Andrew Kenney)

People have been biking and walking the Cherry Creek Trail for nearly 40 years, and the city has decided at least one part may be due for an update.

Denver currently is in the middle of a $125,000 planning process that could result in changes to a mile-long stretch of the greenway near Cherry Creek Mall, from Colorado Boulevard northwest to University Boulevard.

The goal is “to really get into specific recommendations on how to make the creek more accessible, safe, enjoyable,” said Jeff Shoemaker, executive director of The Greenway Foundation.

“Today, the accessibility and usability of the Creek is limited, and in its current state it discourages positive use,” according to the Cherry Creek Business Alliance.

For example, the study will look at ways to better connect the creekside trail to other nearby paths.

It’s also examining:

  • How to make better use of the plaza and the funky little fountain behind Cherry Creek Mall
  • Whether new signage might make the greenway easier to use
  • How nearby City of Karamiel Park and City of Takayama Park might be improved and better connected to the path
  • How to make the trail more visible and connected

If you’re interested, you can take a virtual tour and give some feedback at the project’s website. Local property owners and businesses are paying $100,000 for the revamp study through the Cherry Creek Business Alliance and the city is kicking in $25,000, Shoemaker said.

 

Andrew Kenney

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Andrew Kenney writes about public spaces, Denver phenomena and whatever else. He previously worked for six years as a reporter at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. His most prized possession is his collection of bizarre voicemail. Leave him one at 303-502-2803, or email akenney@denverite.com.