39th Avenue greenway, Park Hill golf set for $78 million flood-control project

Dozens of people spoke out against the city’s plans, but the proposals got crucial approvals from council Tuesday.

Dozens of people spoke out against the city’s $78 million plan to build a greenway channel and convert part of the Park Hill Golf Club to stormwater controls in north Denver, but the proposals got crucial approvals after several hours of discussion by the Denver City Council on Tuesday.



Major problem for Denver buying Park Hill Golf Club: golf may not go quietly

Denver officials thought they had a deal, but now it’s hit a major snag. The city may turn to eminent domain to seize part of the course for flood control.

Homes sit behind a screen protecting them from stray balls hit at the Park Hill Golf Course. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) park hill; golf course; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; sports;
Homes sit behind a screen protecting them from stray balls from the Park Hill Golf Club. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver officials thought they had a deal: They would pay about $20.5 million to acquire Park Hill Golf Club. They wanted to use the land for a flood-control project and potentially for parkland and mixed-use development.

However, they’ve hit a snag that could derail the deal. Now, Denver may try to forcibly purchase part of the land through eminent domain.


Denver visualizes mile-long 39th Avenue greenway and flood channel in North Denver

The cut is a crucial part of a flood-control system that will keep water from flooding north toward the National Western, I-70 and other low-lying areas.

A rendering of the 39th Avenue Greenway. (City of Denver)
A rendering of the 39th Avenue Greenway. (City of Denver)

The city of Denver is almost ready to build the 39th Avenue Greenway. City staff describe the project as a mile-long park that also will control flooding, while some local activists have long questioned the idea.

The project will create an “open channel” — basically a low, grassy area that will wind along from Steele Street west to Franklin Street, near where 39th Avenue would be.


Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore’s husband works for Parks and Rec, so should she have voted on the golf course contracts?

Councilman Rafael Espinoza sought a delay in approving the contracts, but his motion failed 6-7, with Gilmore casting one of the no votes.

Denver City Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore at a meeting. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) city council; civic center; city and county building; politics; government; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Denver City Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore at a meeting. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A former Denver City Council member has filed an ethics complaint against Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore after she voted against a delay in several contracts related to the renovation of City Park Golf Course to accommodate floodwater. Stacie Gilmore is married to Scott Gilmore, deputy executive director for Denver Parks and Rec, a position that is a mayoral appointment.