Central Denver Recreation Center


Mayor Michael B. Hancock, joined by Denver City Councilwoman Jeanne Robb (Dist. 10) and Councilman Albus Brooks (Dist. 8), announced that the design and construction of the highly anticipated Central Denver Recreation Center will move forward. The estimated 60,000 sq. ft. center will be located at Colfax Avenue and Josephine Street in Council District 8. Learn more...

Project details

The future City & County of Denver Recreation Center building that will occupy 2401 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, Colorado (currently referred to as Central Denver Recreation Center) is eligible to be named by petitioning the Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) and the Denver City Council.

Applicants must compile a petition and make a presentation to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board (DPRAB) to recommend naming any recreational facility. There is a detailed process that must be followed before a name can be brought to the Denver City Council for approval (listed below).

The department supports considerations of naming requests in the following three broad categories (as defined in “Section 4 Background and Principles” of the DPR Naming of Parks and Recreation Facilities policy effective August 16, 2006):

  1. Exceptional individuals
  2. Historic Events, Places, and Persons
  3. Major Gifts

Details of the naming process include:

-Written notification, (Per Section 5.0 of the department's naming policy) to the DPR Executive Director beginning on May 18. This notification should include a brief summary of the reasons that support the name being proposed per the above referenced policy. Notification should be sent to parksandrecreation@denvergov.org. Hard copies of a notification for petition may be mailed to the Executive Director of Denver Parks & Recreation, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80202.

-The same reasons given in the written notification described above will be included in the pettion language and template that is prepared by DPR. The department will notify applicants when the petition form is available for pick up. Upon request, the petition can be sent to applicant via email or U.S. mail.

-Final application/petition packets must be submitted to the Executive Director of Parks and Recreation via email at parksandrecreation@denvergov.org,
U.S. Mail or hand delivered by August 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm, and must include:

  • Letters showing community support for the name (at least one letter should come from the district's city council representative; additional letters from community groups, non-profits, elected officials and RNOs are helpful).
  • Description and/or map depiction of the boundaries of the building to be named.
  • Petitions may only be signed by persons living in the City and County of Denver.
  • Petitions may only be signed by persons living in the City and County of Denver.
  • Petition should show name, address and telephone number of each signer.
  • Petition should have a minimum of 500 signatures.
  • Applicants should file the petition with the DPR Executive Director’s office as soon as they can, but no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2015.
  • For this naming process, any and all applications/petition packets received between May 18 and August 18, 2015, will be held and filed collectively with the DPRAB on August 24, 2015 for review and presentation at the September board meeting.

-When an application/petition packet is received it will serve as the formal request to the Executive Director’s office or a DPRAB board representative that the proposal be put on the next possible DPRAB meeting agenda. DPR will send notice to the PRAB member that the applicant has requested to be put on the agenda. DPR will send notice of when the proposals will be discussed at DPRAB to all Registered Neighborhood Organizations in the city database after a petition packet is reviewed.

-When the proposal is up for discussion during the DPRAB meeting, those individuals leading the petition process will be required to give a presentation about the proposal prior to the board vote for recommendation to the Executive Director. Up to five (5) persons per petition may present justification to the PRAB board.

-Once a name is approved by the DPR Executive Director, an ordinance request will be drafted and forwarded on to the Denver City Council for processing. The ordinance will likely first be discussed in committee and then be passed on to the full council for discussion and voting, which typically takes place over the course of 3-4 weeks. This process will include a public hearing before the full City Council at the second reading of the ordinance request.


Timeline of important dates related to process outlined above:

May 18, 2015
Notification sent/public notice posted at site of
recreation center

May 18 - August 18, 2015
Applicants submit justification for naming to the Executive Director and subsequently pick up petitions

August 13, 2015
Manager notifies DPRAB that naming will be on DPRAB agenda in September

August 18
Petition packets are due from all applicants

August 18-21, 2015
DPR reviews signatures and petition packets

August 24, 2015
DPR files the complete naming packets with DPRAB and notifies RNOs that a petition or petitions to name the building will be discussed at the next DPRAB meeting (September 10)

September 10, 2015
Petitioners make presentations to PRAB

Late September
Manager makes recommendation to City Council and asks that an ordinance be submitted

Early October
City Council Committee

Late October
On first reading, City Council Member asks for public hearing on second reading. On second reading, public hearing and vote will occur



As we continue through the design and construction process of the new Central Denver Recreation Center, we will maintain an open line of communication and look forward to on-going feedback from the public on any aspect of the project. Just send an email with your comments, questions or ideas! We will continue to update our list of Frequently Asked Questions to keep you informed.

Public meetings are a great way to understand many aspects of the process of this project, in addition to staying up to date as we continue moving forward. These meetings are open to everyone and we strongly encourage and welcome your attendance. Any upcoming meetings will be highlighed in the "Upcoming Events" box at the top right of the page. 

Review the list of public meetings and presentations and/or notes for each.


Share your Ideas through our CDRC Email!

In addition to public meetings, we offer another avenue to continue open communication throughout this process. If you have ideas, comments, concerns or additional feedback you would like to share, just send us an email at CDRC@denvergov.org. A Denver Parks & Recreation staff member will respond to you if requested, or ensure to share your comments with our project management team. 

Stakeholders for the Central Denver Recreation Center serve as a sounding board throughout the process of the project. Each member was appointed by a Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) within a two-mile radius of the new recreation center site. The stakeholder committe is comprised of representatives from the Bluebird Business District, the Colfax Business Improvement District, Denver Public Schools, real estate and development professionals in the surrounding neighborhood, along with Councilwoman Jeanne Robb and Councilman Albus Brooks.

2005
•  Denver recreation center needs assessment conducted

2006
•  Denver recreation center needs assessment results presented

2007
•  Denver voters passed the Better Denver Bond program in which $11 million dollars
    was appropriated for planning, design and land acquisition (not construction)


2008
•  Site selection study completed

2009
•  Land Acquisition: Church in the City parcel acquired (2.6 acres)
•  Land Acquisition: negotiations to purchase “Sun Mart” stalled (0.3 acres)
•  Public Meeting: September 15  |  Site Selection Process - Presentation

2013
•  Land Acquisition: negotiations with “Sun Mart” restarted
•  Public Meeting: June 27  |  Community Update - Presentation

2014
•  Press Briefing: January 13 (Mayor Hancock announces the project plan)
•  Public Meeting: March 5  | Recreation Center Trends - Presentation
•  Public Survey: April 1 - Ongoing (facility features and services)  |  Take the Survey
•  Public Meeting: June 3 |  Survey Results and Public Input - Presentation

The programming report summarizes the initial planning and programming progress on the CDRC project from March 2014 to September 2014, including results of the programming survey, 3 stakeholder meetings and 2 public meetings.

Ballard & King Programming Report

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