City, museum partnership looks to City Park

Park users will see renovations of two playgrounds in coming years


Denver Parks and Recreation announced a partnership with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to renovate a playground in City Park, creating a new “nature play” space, according to a news release.

The playground is on the east side of City Park. The museum will bring in expertise on informal learning and will help with community engagement for fundraising efforts, the release said.

The city recently finalized design plans on a separate playground space in City Park, 20-year-old Dustin Redd Playground. Similar to Dustin Redd, the museum playground will follow design guidelines for the park, as well as the 2018 City Park Master Plan.

“We were not expecting to be able to address this play space so soon and in conjunction with the redevelopment of the Dustin Redd Playground on the west side of the park,” said Happy Haynes, executive director of Denver Parks and Recreation in the release. “Partnering with the museum allows City Park users to benefit from the opening of two newly redesigned playgrounds within the next few years.”

The city, as well as the musuem, will host an open house on the playground on Feb. 23 at 9 a.m. at the museum, 2001 Colorado Blvd. Attendees can sign up to give input on the new play space at the open house. For more information, visit

The city expects to put bids out for the Dustin Redd Playground this year with construction estimated to start in early 2020.


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