Denver’s rolling out plans for a South Platte River promenade in RiNo

A potential park plan for the South Platte River. (City of Denver)

The South Platte River could be remade as a park for nine blocks along the River North district. We’re expecting to learn more this month, but we know a good bit already.

A potential park plan for the South Platte River. (City of Denver)
A potential park plan for the South Platte River. (City of Denver)

First, the meeting:

Details of the plan, known as the RiNo Promenade, will be presented to the public at an Oct. 25 meeting at INDUSTRY, 3001 Brighton Boulevard, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

What we know now:

The promenade would run along the river from 29th Street to 38th Street.

That would connect Globeville Landing Park to two proposed parks: RiNo Park, which we detailed earlier, and Denargo Park, a privately built space that will be part of the new Denargo Market. (Globeville Landing is also due for a reboot.)

A potential layout for the RiNo Promenade. (City of Denver)
A potential layout for the RiNo Promenade. (City of Denver)

The promenade itself would be a “linear park” running alongside the existing South Platte trail. City planners have presented a few different options, including a fairly calm “urban residential” setup; a design that encourages movement and athletic activity; and a design that seems to focus on cafes and entertainment.

These are some of the possible variations, as presented on the city’s project site. Note that the maps focus on different areas, but presumably the park is the same size in all the variations.

These plans are far from complete, and we have not seen a potential budget or timeline for construction of the promenade.

RiNo Promenade concept (City of Denver)
RiNo Promenade concept (City of Denver)
RiNo Promenade concept (City of Denver)
RiNo Promenade concept (City of Denver)
RiNo Promenade concept (City of Denver)
RiNo Promenade concept (City of Denver)
RiNo Promenade concept. (City of Denver)
RiNo Promenade concept. (City of Denver)
RiNo Promenade concept (City of Denver)
RiNo Promenade concept. (City of Denver)

Oh, and here’s my personal wish: Water fountains.

Andrew Kenney

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