Parks and Recreation

Mission Statement: Members of any Registered Neighborhood Organization may  participate in the Parks & Recreation Committee as citizens representing Denver’s neighborhoods, to act as stewards of the public’s interests, to solicit and share information, to study, to express collective needs/desires and when appropriate;  investigate and make recommendations regarding standards, use, amenities and services for Denver’s parks and recreation programs and centers.

Meeting Schedule:

This committee normally meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Please contact either Chair for location.

Check the INC Calendar for a list of upcoming Parks & Recreation committee meetings.

Co-Chair: Cindy Johnstone, FANS
Co-Chair: Maggie Price, Congress Park Neighbors

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Denver Parks and Recreation Info Links

Contact Information for:

Director Natural Resources – Bob Finch
Manager Park Rangers – Bob Toll
Program Coordinator Denver Parks and Rec Volunteers – Tina Myers
Operations – Doug Wood  Organizational chart
Parks Operational Districts

2014 Parks and Rec Performance Audit


2013 Rules and Regulations for Denver City Parks

Documents provided by Denver Parks and Recreation

Complete Lists of Denver Parks and Status- May 2013
Proposed Park Designation – 2013 (Jan)
Proposed Park Designation – 2013 (Aug 7)

Outdoor Fee Presentation 2-19-2013 Contains Maps and Quadrants of Parks to be used
Draft of Private Outdoor Fee Based Activities (Commercial Use, utilizing portions of the parks for private business purposes)
PARKS policy update and project schedule 2013
PARKS Policy update and Change May 2013
City Loop New Play Experience presented to PRAB

Public Engagement Communication and Notification May 22 2013 text
Pecan Power Point May 22

Park Rules Regulations and Proposed Public Policy (Park Designation Policy,RAPP,PECAN)

Documents Provided By Denver Water 06-16-2015

Letter To Denver Water April 23 2015

Denver Water provided four documents regarding studies of recycled water effects in parks and golf courses.

Platt River

Platt River Vision

Catherine Sandy – Shadduck Dump Site Cleanup



Chivefest Letter of Concern July 2014

Urban Drainage Letter To Mayor Hancock Jan 2016

Meeting Minutes


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Dec 2017


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Denver Debates Hosting a Massive Coachella-Like Music Fest on Public Land

Concerns from the roughly forty people who attended the meeting included the impact that 50,000 people plus stages and trucks would have on the golf course; noise, trash and safety issues; the revenue the city would make off the project; and the use of public land for private gain. In response to the safety concerns, Ehrlich said that each festival-goer would be given a wristband with a chip that would allow organizers to track where crowds were gathering.

The Overland Golf Course is within eyeshot of a soon-to-open 7,500-seat amphitheater, run by Levitt Pavilion Denver, a nonprofit that champions local and independent musicians and offers free concerts. But AEG and Superfly haven’t approached Levitt, because the venue’s 7,500 seats wouldn’t be enough for the music festival, said Levitt executive director Chris Zacher after the meeting.

Zacher grumbled that AEG hadn’t shown interest in the Overland Park community or his music venue until the company could find a way to exploit it for profit. “AEG gave Levitt zero dollars” in the half a decade that the project has been raising money, he noted.

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Designated Parks

From: “Scott M. Gilmore – PR Parks and Planning –…

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INC PARC Jan 2017 Notes

Attorney Aaron Goldhamer described J. D. MacFarlane’s lawsuit vs the Mayor, DPR, Public Works, and others regarding the plan to construct a drainage system in City Park Golf Course, closing the historic Course for 18-24 months, questioning whether such construction is a Park Purpose, the lack of needed public vote for construction in a park, the apparent tie-in to 1-70 below-grade plan for flood protection for I-70, Stock Show area.

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