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Parks and Public Spaces

A view of Washington Park

The Cheeseman Pavillion


Outdoor living is very much a part of the Denver lifestyle as evidenced by the more than 200 parks within the city area. Whether you’re taking a lunch break in Confluence Park, watching one of the summer movies in the park, or jogging along the 66-mile High Line Canal Trail, living in Denver means taking full advance of outdoor opportunities. Denver residents are serious about preserving public space. In fact, the state constitution was changed to allocate a portion of state lottery funds to protect outdoors spaces. So far, the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Amendment has resulted in an investment in more than 3,400 open space projects.  

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Creativity Abrew in Manitou Springs

At the foot of Pikes Peak, the Manitou Springs Creative District is building on one of Colorado's original arts economies. The key concepts: authenticity, collaboration and connectivity.

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Eye Candy: The Best Denver Building Designs of 2017

The annual Mayor’s Design Awards emphasize the positive side of the city's widespread gentrification.

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In Westwood, Art Ascends and Transcends

In southwest Denver, Morrison Road is the spine of the newly certified Westwood Creative District. The neighborhood's Mexican-American heritage is shaping an organic approach to placemaking and revitalization.

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Shuffling the Shuttle: Could This Be the Dawn of a New Era for Denver’s Iconic Main Street?

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Well unfortunately the 16th Street Mall is broken — mostly in ways we pedestrians can’t see. But if you’re worried about how many tax dollars a redesign might cost, relax: The city is already spending a bundle on annual mall maintenance and repair.  

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A Look Back at Our Interview with Public Art Giant Lawrence Argent

The Denver-based sculptor and educator died after complications from surgery this month. We're reposting this recent interview as a tribute to his talent, and his lasting impact on Denver. 
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Now & Next: Coworking Space Meets Women’s Unique Needs

Women in Kind is frank about the ways workplace needs differ between men and women and addresses them head-on. 
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