Denver City Park City Loop

Project: Denver Park City Loop
Location: Denver, Colorado
Client: Denver Dept. of Parks and Recreation and Public Works
Project Team: PORT, Indie Architecture, Latitude 39, Studio NYL, JunoWorks, Loren Landow and Site Masters Inc.
Size: 14 Acres
Budget: $5,000,000
RFQ, Concept Design Phases 1 and 2: April-August 2012
Design Development, Public Engagement: March 2013-March 2014
Awards: AIA Denver Merit Award, October 2014

City Loop is a proposal for a new intergenerational recreational landscape within Denver’s City Park.  The design is based upon a distributed 1/2-mile, fully accessible mobility loop (ideal for walking, running, rolling, riding) that creates a continuously re-definable circuit of engagement and activity.

The vibrantly colored surface of the mobility loop is paralleled by a kinetic tube that bends, folds, inflates and twists into a variety of activity pods. These pod enclosures draw activity from the mobility loop and the park beyond by creating distinct micro-environments for play and social interaction. However, the physical form of the pods is intentionally abstract, inviting engagement by people of all ages and abilities. This thickened perimeter of movement, activity, planting and social interaction also serves to frame a large, 8-acre central lawn that allows for the kinetic activities of the Loop to extend to the center of the site.

The project promotes public health on many levels — physical, social, cultural — while serving to enhance the physical beauty of the existing park. The varied, flexible and diverse nature of the City Loop proposal offers a 21st century view of what a public landscape can be and strives to establish a new precedent in contemporary civic amenities for the City of Denver.