A Central Park neighbor asked CPUN to follow up with Brookfield regarding the plans and construction timeline for one of the parks in the North End area of the community. Here is the information provided, included new renderings.
According to Jim Chrisman, SVP of Development Central Park Denver from Brookfield, they hope to starting construction in Q3 or Q$ of this year and expect it to take 9-12 months to complete construction of the park once it has started.
Civitas provided the following additional information:
The design and development of the North Central Park neighborhoods marks a rare
opportunity to imagine what will become one of Denver’s most progressive and livable
communities. Inspired by the Sand Hill prairies of Colorado’s Front Range and the
incredible engineering required to settle the great plains, the concept for the system of
open spaces is designed to be the heart of the community. The primary principle for the
design of the northern neighborhoods is to form a community that is not only inspired by
the prairie landscape; it is actually woven within it. To this end, the Trunk Open Space
network is designed to reflect three essential concepts:
- Fundamentally, nature has crafted an ecosystem that features many distinct
typologies. From the wind-shaped land to the opportunistic plant communities that define
the course of water flow, this design is intended to capture what is inherent in the prairie
- The human ingenuity employed to settle this prairie (such as agriculture and water
infrastructure) will be expressed in the open space system through the craft and the
juxtaposition of engineered with ‘natural’ forms.
- Lastly, the regeneration of nature is a driving concept of the open space network. In
order to realize the new community north of I-70, the land and natural drainage patterns
require reshaping. This is an opportunity to restore some of the landscape to a
naturalized short to mid-grass Prairie, providing the plant communities, land forms,
drainage patterns and scale that are authentic to it. This regenerative landscape is the
context for culture.
Living in the prairie as opposed to living next to the prairie is a concept that has
underpinned the design of the northern neighborhoods as well as its open space. People
require places to express their culture, places to be together and places to be alone and
places to directly engage with nature. What will make this built environment authentic is
when its form, its material and its cultural meaning are derived from the land that supports
it. The basic needs of the people, the traditions and innovations that shape a community
must be an equal partner with the expression of nature in the design of the Open Spaces.
Recreational program, domesticated landscape typologies and spatial definition are all
carefully woven into the contextual landscape to form a visually striking and meaningful
system of spaces that people will identify with, cherish and make their own. This formal
plan and the principles expressed in it are the foundation for design of the various places
and spaces within the Open Space system and the basis for creating the ‘Unforgettable
Section 10 Parks
As the final phases of the expansive Central Park redevelopment, the Section 10 parks
introduce a cohesive network of trails and highly-programmed areas. Sports fields, natural
playgrounds, picnic areas and art installations are all nestled into the prairie landscape
and surrounded by rolling hills and fields of native grasses. These open spaces are
further subdivided into a number of distinct parks, tied together by a familiar prairie
aesthetic. High Plains Park, the Bluffs, and North Commons Lawn provide numerous
nature playgrounds and opportunities for discovery amidst tall berms inspired by the Sand
Hill prairie, while the North Sports Fields are the center for athletic events and gatherings
in the neighborhood. To the north, the Bison Passage reflects on eastern Colorado’s
agricultural history, while connecting the North Prairie Basin to the neighborhood’s
perimeter trail, which overlooks the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.