Saturday when you’re out riding your bike, you should stop by the REI store in Downtown to give Denver park planners your input regarding Confluence Park. Denver Parks & Recreation, the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, and the Greenway Foundation are starting work on a Confluence Park Master Plan, and Saturday, June 30 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, they are holding their first public Open House at REI to gather the public’s opinions and ideas about Confluence Park.

Here’s the press release on the Open House:

Denver Parks and Recreation, partnering with the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District and the Greenway Foundation, invite the public to the first in a series of public open houses and workshops designed to gather ideas, opinions and feedback on the development of a new  master plan for Confluence Park. The first open house is on Saturday, June 30 from 10 a.m. until noon in the Community Room at REI, 1416 Platte Street in Denver (click here for map).

Working with a multifaceted design team led by Denver’s Wenk Associates, Denver Parks and Recreation is leading this effort to develop a master plan for all areas of Confluence Park, including Confluence East and Shoemaker Plaza, along with the urban waterways of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek. This project will include design and ultimately, reconstruction of the trail ramps along the west side of the river at Shoemaker Plaza.

Confluence Park is our City’s birthplace, where the discovery of gold in 1858 led to the founding of Denver. Located where the South Platte River and the Cherry Creek meet, the area has been a popular destination for recreation and leisure and a focus for redevelopment since the late 1980s.

The goal of the Confluence Park Master Plan is to envision the future of this vital park while maintaining flood control functions, improving water quality, enhancing wildlife habitat, and providing world-class recreation and trail experiences along the river.

For more information about the project, please email the project manager, Mark Bernstein at:  mark “dot” bernstein “at”