Skeel Reservoir in Wellshire Golf Course

Map of redesign of Skeel Reservoir located in the southeast corner of the Wellshire Golf Course.

Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) has begun a redesign of Skeel Reservoir located in the southeast corner of the Wellshire Golf Course. The reservoir is no longer used to irrigate the golf course, and the existing earthen dam is considered a high-risk dam according to the State Engineer’s Office.

The goal of the project is to decommission the dam and convert the area to a 100-year stormwater detention pond with stormwater quality control. The project will significantly reduce the risk of flooding to downstream properties, protect human lives, and help deliver cleaner stormwater to Denver waterways. Project upgrades will include site grading to provide a safe and operational golf driving range, as well as new inlets in the driving range area to capture local runoff and route it to the existing storm sewer system instead of allowing it to flow across the golf course fairways.

Construction of this project is not currently funded, but the project team is planning to apply for a FEMA grant in the fall of 2021 in hopes of receiving funds to complete the project.


Companion Project

In preparation for the Skeel Reservoir project, DOTI will be making improvements to the existing stormwater infrastructure in S. Adams Way. The project will occur within the City right-of-way between S. Monroe Street and E. Eastman Avenue. Design for this segment of the project has been completed, construction is anticipated to begin in mid-2022 and is expected to take 1-2 months.


Project Map

Map of redesign of Skeel Reservoir located in the southeast corner of the Wellshire Golf Course.