Park Hill Golf Course
On December 5, 2022, Denver City Council voted to adopt the Park Hill Golf Course Small Area Plan, which was developed through two years of work by community members and city staff to bring together a vision for the Park Hill Golf Course property that reflects the needs and interests of surrounding neighborhoods.
Subsequently, on January 23, 2023, City Council voted to approve a regulatory package that will create legally binding requirements for the Park Hill Golf Course property, if Denver voters in the upcoming citywide election on April 4 vote to lift a conservation easement in place on the land. The easement currently restricts the use of the land to a golf course.
The regulations adopted by City Council in January align with the community vision for the area, as laid out in the area plan adopted in December. Together, these items were the result of extensive outreach in Northeast Denver over two years.
More than a golf course
The package approved by City Council in January 2023 would require the following:
- An open space network of more than 100 acres of park, open space, and trails
- Affordable housing requirements double the city’s minimum to ensure at least 25% of any new housing built on this property will be affordable to a range of income levels -- including both for-rent and for-sale, and with specific requirements for larger units for families as well as for older residents -- and requiring that these homes remain affordable for at least 99 years
- $20 million in funding toward public improvements and public park features like landscaping, a splash pad or aquatic amenity, playgrounds, athletic fields and restrooms, as well as building the 303 ArtWay Heritage Trail along the western edge of the new park
- Traffic and pedestrian safety improvements for surrounding streets and intersections
- A mix of uses and a new neighborhood main street, with adopted plan recommendations that prioritize community-serving locally owned businesses, affordable commercial spaces, and greater access to fresh food and grocery for the surrounding neighborhoods
These requirements "run with the land," meaning they would continue to apply even if the property ownership changes.
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