DENVER (CBS4) – As Denver prepares to shut down Civic Center Park in a bid to clean it up, city officials want to share public comments on the park’s next 100 years. In February, the city and the Civic Center Conservancy announced a new initiative called the Civic Center Next 100.
It calls for the rejuvenation and redesign of four distinct parts of the park.
The third public workshop will be held virtually on Thursday. It is also the last meeting after the city received thousands of comments and ideas from the public.
On Thursday, leaders will share “favorite concepts” and welcome comments. The hope is to make the park more useful.
The Civic Center Next 100 concept design is funded in part by the voter-approved Elevate Denver Bond program. It will include improvements to four key areas of the park, including the Greek Theater, the Central Promenade, the Central Gathering Space and Bannock Street between Colfax and 14th Avenue. The final concept plan is expected to be completed by fall 2021.
As first reported by CBS4 investigator Brian Maass, the park will close indefinitely on September 15 as crews dismantle homeless camps and clean up the remains of drug use and criminal activity. The city says the state the park is in has caused serious environmental and health problems.