New Park at Iliff & Bellaire

aerial rendering of park area in University Hills neighborhood

With funding from the 2018 voter-approved Parks Legacy Fund, Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) purchased the former Groundcovers Greenhouse site, located in southeast Denver at E. Iliff Avenue and S. Bellaire Street, in 2019. The nearly two-acre site fulfills the goals of DPR's Strategic Acquisition Plan to provide equitable access to park space in historically underserved neighborhoods and create green space within a 10-minute walk for nearby neighbors. A vision planning and community engagement process launched summer 2022, which will lead to the design and construction of a new neighborhood park in future years. 

Download the Vision Plan(PDF, 31MB)

May 2024 Update: The new park coming to Iliff and Bellaire is now officially named Bethesda Park! Thanks to a community committee, this name was approved at City Council on March 26, 2024. The next step for getting this park built is transitioning the Vision Plan(PDF, 31MB) into specific designs that can be used for construction. This will involve reaching back on to community, as it gets into specifics of things like the materials in the play areas, the types of shade structures, etc. This should start up by Fall 2024. Construction of the park is expected to start in early 2026.


Timeline:

The vision planning process included community and stakeholder outreach to help inform a vision plan document for the future park that includes recommendations for amenities that meet community needs:

  • Summer-Winter 2022: Public Outreach
  • Fall-Winter 2022/2023: Vision Plan Development
  • Spring 2023: Vision Plan Complete
  • 2024: Park Design
  • 2026: Park Construction 

Vision Planning Community Outreach:

Download the vision plan project information sheet(PDF, 949KB)

  

Public Meeting #3 | February 15, 2023

At the final public meeting on Feb. 15, 2023, the concept plan for the new park at Iliff and Bellaire was presented: 

Public Meeting #2 | November 16, 2022

Survey #1 | Closed October 15, 2022

CLOSED October 15, 2022

Phase 1 Engagement Summary

Aug. - Oct. 2022

DPR launched a master planning and community engagement process in summer 2022, which will lead to the design and construction of a new neighborhood park in southeast Denver at E. Iliff Avenue and S. Bellaire Street. The first phase of community engagement sought to determine neighbors' priorities for the new park and included a virtual meeting, in-person "pop-up" event and survey. 

Review the Phase 1 Community Engagement Summary(PDF, 635KB)

   

Location

E Iliff Ave & S Bellaire St, Denver 80222  View Map

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