PORT designed a 14-acre intergenerational play landscape and recreation circuit at the center of Denver’s historic City Park.

Project: Denver Park City Loop
Location: Denver, Colorado
Client: Denver Dept. of Parks and Recreation and Public Works
Awards: AIA Denver Merit Award, October 2014

PORT was awarded first prize in an international design competition to imagine a new intergenerational play landscape at the center of Denver’s historic City Park. Rather than taking the form of a discrete object or single venue in the center of the 14-acre parcel, City Loop creates a distributed, fully accessible recreation circuit that activates the entire parcel, as well as its surrounding context.

The project is defined by a half-mile-long mobility loop (ideal for walking, running, rolling, riding) that is paralleled by a steel tube that bends, folds, inflates and twists into a variety of activity spaces. Each space creates distinct micro-environments for play and social interaction. The physical form of the play features is intentionally abstract, inviting engagement by people of all ages and abilities. This thickened perimeter loop of movement, activity, planting and social interaction serves to frame a large, 8-acre central meadow that allows for the activities of the Loop to extend to the interior areas of the site.

Consultant Team: PORT, Independent Architecture,Latitude 39, Studio NYL, JunoWorks, Loren Landow, and Site Masters Inc.