climbing wall

As Denver continues to grow, so do our health needs! The new Central Denver Rec Center will be a welcomed addition to the city’s network of parks and recreation centers. In my previous blog I shared about the outdoor and structural features we can expect. Here are some more great details about the $24.8 million project (courtesy of Congress Park Neighbors, Inc).

Potential Features

The center’s planners are working to obtain additional funds for amenities such as:

  • Walk / Jog Track: An elevated track could be built around the gymnasium (12 laps would equal a mile). Approximately a $400,000 project.
  • Rooftop Event Space: To further enjoy the outdoors, the roof could have a caterer’s kitchen, a sheltered seating area, even a turf-covered activity area. Estimated $1.2 million project.
  • Climbing Wall: On an exterior wall of the building that can only be accessed during operation hours, architects would like to add a climbing wall. Approximately a $330,000 project.

Parking and Biking

For such a large facility, the city will offer 100 public parking spaces (and 30 staff parking spots). Center planners are actually negotiating with D.P.S. to share East High School’s parking lots. A bike lot which holds up to 86 bikes will be built (and a B-Cycle station will also be on-site).

The Center’s Name?

At this point Denver Parks & Rec has not decided. Guidelines have been put in order:

  • Someone of local, historical significance.
  • A major donor of around $12 million (half of the project budget).


Retail Space Will Be Available

To help cover the cost of the project, city planners will list 3,200 sq. ft. of the land for retail along East Colfax Avenue. The retail space’s architectural design will match the new center.


Read more details about the new Central Denver Rec Center on my previous blog.