Westwood Recreation Center

Group of people smiling after their fitness class

The Westwood Recreation Center project is funded through the Elevate Denver Bond Program, approved by voters in 2017 to enhance mobility, safety, and quality of life across Denver. The public input process held in early 2018 to identify the community’s most desired projects identified health and wellness as a high priority throughout the city, with a recreation service-gap in west Denver—the future recreation center will be the first in the neighborhood.

The Westwood neighborhood has been a historically underserved community in west Denver, with some of the highest youth and adult obesity rates in the city, paired with lack of access to recreation facilities and green space. Closing this service gap is one step in Denver Parks & Recreation’s (DPR) Game Plan for a Healthy City to ensure every person has access to safe facilities and dynamic programming.

In addition to numerous opportunities for neighbors to engage in a healthy lifestyle through fitness and educational activities, the recreation center will provide a community gathering space where programs and resources can be more easily accessed.  

Download the Westwood Recreation Center Project Sheet.(PDF, 842KB)

Community Engagement:

Program Survey

DPR is seeking input on what kind of activities and amenities  in the future recreation center's pool, gymnasium, fitness studio, and outdoor spaces. 


Community Meeting #3

You are invited to come share YOUR ideas for the new Westwood Recreation Center!


Join Denver Parks and Recreation and your community, IN PERSON, to create a recreation center OF and FOR Westwood. Learn about the project, discover the proposed activities, and explore early design ideas for the site. Everyone will be able to participate in the meeting activities, with food provided or attendees. 


When: Saturday, October 8, 2022 | 10:00 am  –  12:00 pm

Where: Southwest Improvement Council (SWIC)  | 1000 S. Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO 80219


Download the meeting flyer(PDF, 228KB)


Spanish and Vietnamese interpretation will be offered. 


­­­­­­­­­­A sign language interpreter or CART will be provided upon request. Three business days’ notice is requested. Contact SignLanguageServices@denvergov.org

For any public accommodation requests, please contact DisabilityAccess@denvergov.org.

¡Está invitado a venir a compartir SUS ideas para el nuevo centro de recreación de Westwood! 


Acompañe a Denver Parks and Recreation y su comunidad, EN PERSONA, para crear un centro de recreación DE y PARA Westwood! Aprenda acerca del proyecto, descubra las actividades propuestas en el centro, y explore ideas iniciales de diseño para el lote. La reunión será para que toda la familia participe, y con comida para los que asisten.    


CUANDO: sábado, 8 de octubre del 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00pm 

DÓNDE: Southwest Improvement Council (SWIC)  | 1000 S. Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO 80219 


Habrá interpretación al español y vietnamita. Se le proporcionará un intérprete de lenguaje de señas o CART ha pedido. Se solicita un aviso de tres días hábiles. Para cualquier acomodación pública, comuníquese con DisabilityAccess@denvergov.org.

Public Meeting #2

Wed. May 25, 2022 | 5:30 -7:00 p.m.

You are invited to share your ideas for the new Westwood Recreation Center! 

Join Denver Parks and Recreation and your community to create a recreation center for the Westwood neighborhood. 

When: Wed. May 25, 2022 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Where: In Person - Denver Indian Center | 4407 Morrison Road, Denver, CO 80219

Download the meeting flyer(PDF, 174KB)

Está invitado a venir a compartir SUS ideas para el nuevo centro de recreación de Westwood! Acompañe a Denver Parks and Recreation y su comunidad, EN PERSONA, para crear un centro de recreación DE y PARA Westwood!

Descargué el volante de la próxima reunion comunitaria(PDF, 174KB)

Cuando: miércoles 25 de mayo del 2022 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Dónde: En Persona - Denver Indian Center | 4407 Morrison Road, Denver, CO 80219 

Public Meeting #1

Wed. March 23, 2022 | 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Denver Parks and Recreation hosted the first community public meeting to help neighbors learn about the project, meet the project team and provide their initial input. 



Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the new recreation center be located?
The new recreation center will be located at the corner of Morrison Road and Walsh Place, which is the former site of a former carwash.

What type of center will this be?
At an anticipated 40,000 square feet, the Westwood Recreation Center will be a Neighborhood Center. Denver Parks & Recreation has three levels of recreation centers that are determined based on size, amenities, programming and hours of operation: Regional; Local; and Neighborhood.

Will the new recreation center have a pool?
Yes. While the design and features of the pool will be based on community input, there will be an indoor pool as part of the Recreation Center. 

What amenities will be included?
The city will ask for public input via a community engagement process during the design phase to help determine specific elements of the recreation center, based on the project budget.

The new recreation center may include an indoor gymnasium, fitness areas for weight-lifting and cardio activities, indoor pool, kid-watch, multipurpose rooms, kitchen, locker rooms, and outdoor areas for recreation activities and community events.

Every recreation center within the Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) system is unique and strives to reflect the needs of the community. The exact types of amenities are now being determined through a robust community engagement process. DPR will also take into consideration current amenities that already exist in the neighborhood as well as coordinate with future projects, like the library and renovations on Morrison Road to ensure we are not duplicating efforts. 

What is the project timeline?

  • Spring 2021: Launch of design and community input process
  • Summer 2023: Groundbreaking
  • Late 2025: Grand opening

Timeline subject to change.

How will the community be involved?
A stakeholder’s group made up of individuals representing several interests, including surrounding neighborhoods, Denver Public Schools, local businesses and other city agencies will work to ensure that all necessary voices are represented throughout the planning and design process. In addition, a series of public input meetings will be planned to further refine ideas and develop a final building program and conceptual design. 

What will this recreation center cost?
The cost of the Westwood Recreation Center, including land purchase, design and construction is approximately $37 Million.

How was the recreation center funded?
This project is funded through the Elevate Denver Bond Program, approved by voters in 2017 to enhance mobility, safety, and quality of life across Denver.

How will the design of Westwood Recreation Center help to mitigate safety concerns? 
Safety is of the utmost importance to Denver Parks and Recreation when designing Westwood Recreation Center. The actual design of the building will attempt to prohibit any loitering or unlawful behavior. The building will also have safety cameras on the interior and exterior. Staff also patrols public spaces while we are open to assist customers and address any issues that come up.

Community Advisory Group

Arturo Garcia

Business Owner

Cindia Reyes

Community Member

Crystal Munoz

Roots Family Center

Daisy Rocha Vasquez 

Council District #3

Father Joseph Dang

Community Leader

Fernando Branch

Colorado I Have a Dream

Jose Esparza

BuCu West

Karimme Quintana

Westwood Unidos/ Lifespan Local

Kasandra Ornelas

Southwest Denver Coalition

Keo Frasier

Denver Housing Authority

Lance Guanella

Southwest Improvement Council

Lee Rains Thomas

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

Michelle Tijerna

Mental Health Center of Denver

Mirian Alvarez

Westwood Unidos

Norma Brambilla

Westwood Unidos

Pearl Lopez

Denver Police Department

Perla Manquero

Sewall Child Development Center

Rosa Vergil

Una Mano Esperanza

Ruben Moya

Community Member

Steve Rovello

Denver Indian Center

Tanil Maldonado

Community Member

Yuridia Bahena

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