Carla Madison Rooftop

Round tables with access to patio.

Interior shot of room with round dining tables and large glass windows.
Photo of rooftop patio
Purple lighting covers a stage with dining tables surrounding it.
View of downtown skyline from balcony.
Shot of DJ set up in main room with stage surrounded by round dining tables.
Area to congregate and chat with access to balcony.

All applications must be submitted no later than 30 days in advance. Reservations can be made up to one year in advance.

The rooftop is unavailable to rent on all city holidays.

Venue Details

Amenities & Features

  • Wi-Fi
  • Sound System
  • Projector and screen
  • Catering Kitchen (includes warming oven, 2 commercial refrigerators, and ice maker)
  • Tables
  • Chairs 

Rental Fees

Rental Fees

  • Weekdays (Monday- Thursday): $150/hr  (2 hour minimum)
  • Weekends (Friday- Sunday) and Holidays*: $1,500 (any 6 hour block)
  • Nonrefundable $250 due at time of booking 30 days or more in advance
  • Full amount due 30 days in advance (if paid in full and cancelled more than 30 days in advance all but $250 refunded)

The rooftop is unavailable to rent on all city holidays.

Alcohol Policy

Alcohol Policy

  • Beer, wine, champagne and hard alcohol may be served.
  • If serving alcohol:  Liquor Liability or Host Liquor Liability is required with your insurance coverage.
  • A licensed bartender who is not a guest of the event is required for the service of any alcohol

View full alcohol policy(PDF, 182KB)

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people can the space hold?
90 seated | 120 standing

What is the rental fee & what does it include?

  • Mon. – Thurs: $150 per hour | 2-hour minimum, up to 16 hours
    (weekday rentals are accepted during normal business hours only)
  • Fri. – Sun. & Holidays: $1,500 per any 6-hour block
    (hourly rates not available on weekends)
  • Rentals are unavailable on all city holidays.

All rooftop rentals include:

  • Catering kitchen access
  • Tables & chairs, including basic setup & tear-down of center-owned tables/chairs/equipment
  • A/V equipment, including a projector
  • Setup time listed on rental permit

Can additional time be rented?
You may add up to 2 hours for $200/hr. You may not exceed the 8 hours time period Friday-Sunday, unless a second 6 hour block is rented. The fee is hourly on Monday-Thursday. Additional time for events may not extend to the next calendar date.

How much is the deposit & when is the balance due?
A non-refundable $250 down payment is due at time of booking and is applied toward total rental fee. The balance is due 30 days prior to your event.

What forms of payment are accepted?
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Cash, Check, and Money Orders.

What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellation at any time will result in forfeiture of the $250 down payment. Cancellation fewer than 30 days prior to the event will result in forfeiture of the full balance. 

Is insurance required for my event?
Yes—general liability insurance is required for all events. Liquor liability coverage is required for all events serving alcohol.

Can I serve alcohol?
Yes—host liquor liability insurance is required in addition to general liability coverage. Event hosts are also required to hire a TIPS or ServeSafe certified bartender that is not a guest of the party.

How much parking is available for event guests?
Parking cannot be guaranteed for weekday events, as the recreation center lot is available to all patrons, plus visitors of the dog park. Weekday rentals after 4pm and weekend/school holidays have access to the center’s lot. Parking spaces are not available for rent for exclusive use.

Do you have a list of preferred vendors?
No, but we do recommend that licensed and insured vendors are used to protect yourself from potential legal liability.

Are there any restrictions within the event space?

  • Balloons, rice, bird seed, glitter & confetti are not permitted
  • Tape, nails, staples, tacks, etc. cannot be used to affix anything to walls or windows
  • No items may be hung from the celling
  • No open flames (other than chafing dishes) are permitted, including grills, propane burners & propane heaters
  • No tenting or side walls may be erected on the outside patio

Are there any noise restrictions?
Per City Ordinance, sound from amplified music must not exceed 60 decibels at a distance of 25 feet from the permitted structure.

Can other spaces within the recreation center be rented with the rooftop?
Rentals during normal business hours that are not serving alcohol may also rent the Multipurpose Room, if it is available. The Multipurpose Room must be rented separately through the Online Service Center. The pools, weight room, basketball court, cycle studio, fitness studio and kid watch are NOT available for rental at any time.

For Weddings:

Can the ceremony and reception be held in the same space?
It’s recommended to use the outdoor patio for ceremonies. Weddings with more than 30 guests typically require a complete room setup change to accommodate both ceremony and reception indoors.

Is there an inclement weather backup for outdoor ceremonies?
Arrangements can be made to hold a ceremony in the group exercise studio in case of bad weather.

Is there a bridal room and groom’s suite?
No, the recreation center does not have space available for a wedding party to get ready.

Download printable FAQ sheet(PDF, 174KB)

Open House Tours and Walkthroughs

Walkthroughs are 30-minute appointments for current permit holders to complete their floor plan and day of logistics with an Event Facilitator.  Walkthroughs are schedule on Sundays and Tuesdays when the facility is available.  Parties may sign up for 2 consecutive appointments if they feel 30 minutes will not be sufficient.

Open Houses are blocks of time where the facility will be available for the public to view the space before submitting an application.  Event Facilitators will be present, but paperwork for current permit holders will not be completed during these times.


2401 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver 80206  View Map

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