Denver City Park City Loop

Project: Denver Park City Loop
Location: Denver, Colorado
Client: Denver Dept. of Parks and Recreation and Public Works
Size: 14 Acres
Budget: $5,000,000
Project Team: PORT, Independent Architecture, Latitude 39, Studio NYL, JunoWorks, Loren Landow, and Site Masters Inc.
Timeline: 2012—2014
Awards: AIA Denver Merit Award, October 2014

City Loop is a new intergenerational recreational landscape within Denver’s City Park.  The design is based upon a distributed half-mile, fully accessible mobility loop (ideal for walking, running, rolling, riding) that creates a continuously re-definable circuit of engagement and activity.

The vibrantly colored surface of the Mobility Loop is paralleled by a kinetic tube that bends, folds, inflates and twists into a variety of activity pods. Each pod creates a distinct micro-environment for various types of play and social interaction. The Loop also serves to frame a large, 8-acre central lawn that allows for the kinetic activities of the Loop perimeter to extend to the center of the site.

The project promotes public health on many levels — physical, social, cultural — while serving to enhance the physical beauty of the existing park. The varied, flexible and diverse nature of the City Loop proposal offers a 21st century view of what a public landscape can be and strives to establish a new precedent in contemporary civic amenities for the City of Denver.