Central & Greenway Park Playgrounds

existing play structure at Central Park which includes a climbing wall and swings

Central Park and Greenway Park playgrounds are in need of restoration and improvement. The new conceptual design will propose opportunities for redesign for both parks, issued in response to the growing Denver and Central Park neighborhood populations, material lifecycles, and the impacts that park users have had on the sites. The playgrounds have some existing play elements that are well suited for the sites and in good condition, while other items need redesign, new concept and function. The goal is to identify the need of restoration as well as recommend opportunities for adding capacity and enhancing play value that  will complement the existing facilities and site.

View the Final Playground Concept Designs


2022 Project Update:

Construction on playground improvements at Central Park will begin Spring of 2022. DPR legacy and Capital funds made the improvements possible: new concrete walks, playground surfacing, site furnishings, play equipment, shade structures, lighting, water pump/misters, zip line, irrigation and plantings. Construction is anticipated to be completed in Spring of 2023. 

Download Central Park Playground Renovations Project Sheet(PDF, 5MB)

Public Outreach

April 2019: Concept Plan survey

Public Open House 2: March 14, 2019

Discovery Session 1: December 1, 2018

Project Kickoff Survey: Closed 12/20/2018

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the scope of this project?
Central Park and Greenway Park playgrounds are in need of restoration and improvement. The new conceptual design will propose opportunities for redesign for both parks, issued in response to the growing Denver and Stapleton populations, material lifecycles, and the impacts that park users have had on the sites. The playgrounds have some existing play elements that are well suited for the sites and in good condition, while other items need redesign, new concept and function. The goal is to identify the need of restoration as well as recommend opportunities for adding capacity and enhancing play value that  will complement the existing facilities and site.

Location and Existing Conditions
Located within the 76.1 acre park, Central Park Playground is one of the most visited play areas in Northeast Denver.  Located off Martin Luther King Boulevard near Xenia Street, the playground encompasses an eclectic array of site elements including: poured in place play surface mounds, synthetic turf, site furnishings, sand play, a climbing wall and associated play equipment. The artificial rockwork with slide and misting area is also located within the 0.9 acre playground, and the entire area is surrounded by mature trees with a landscape character of native grass prairie and blue grass field open space. The Greenway Playground clusters, located by the picnic shelter, is suggested to include nature play elements that respond to the topography and lower areas that can accommodate occasional flooding that occurs in that area.

Timeline and Funding
Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) has allocated CIP funding for the Concept Design will include: Discovery, Outreach and Concept Design for both Stapleton Central Park and Greenway Playgrounds which is scheduled to be completed early Summer 2019. Funding is also available for construction documentation design and construction for the Central Park Playground Renovation only.

How Can I be Involved?
During winter of 2018, a survey and a discovery session occurred to understand what the community likes about the existing playground and what needs to be updated. This information will be compiled to use in developing concepts of the playgrounds. The next public meeting will be scheduled in mid-March to review results of public outreach and concept designs of both playgrounds. The dates of these events will be shared as soon as they are scheduled.



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