The Park People
Thursday, May 23, 2024

Capital Projects

The Park People has a long history of both new and restoration capital projects throughout our community. Over the past 52 years, we have infused tens of millions of private dollars to support Denver's world-class parks and recreation system. Our projects include the restoration of existing park infrastructure, such as fountains and historic park buildings, and new construction, such as playgrounds and recreation facilities. We've supported sites in Denver's highest profile parks, like the Washington Park Boat House, Cheesman Park Pavilion, Civic Center Esplanade, and City Park fountains. We also value the city's lesser known community treasures, such as the beloved Sundial & Plaza in Cranmer Park, the historic James Fleming House in Platt Park, and the award-winning Gates Tennis Center in Cherry Creek. We look for high-need projects, such as playground builds in neighborhoods that lack access to recreation resources.

A Few of Our Projects

The following projects represent a small sampling of The Park People's work over the past 52 years. All of these projects were executed in partnership with other organizations, including Denver's Department of Parks and Recreation in most cases, and with the crucial support of our generous community. These brief synopses cannot adequately recognize all of those partners and supporters.


Save Our Sundial

On October 3, 2018, alongside Denver Parks and Recreation, we unveiled the newly renovated and reconstructed Sundial & Plaza in Cranmer Park! The sundial has been and will continue to be a cherished landmark - the memorable backdrop of lifetime milestones for Denver families over many decades. The plaza now has a solid foundation that will better bear Colorado's freeze-thaw cycles. The giant 6-foot sundial has a fresh, unchipped face. The beautiful mosaic mountain panorama at the plaza's western edge is no longer interrupted by large sections of filler cement, and the sundial is no longer one of  Colorado's Most Endangered Places (Colorado Preservation, Inc. 2013)! Learn more about the project. Donate to the Sundial Preservation Endowment Fund.

James Fleming House, Platt Park

In 2013, The Park People completed the preservation of the James Fleming House, a stately stone mansion and the historic landmark of the Platt Park neighborhood. Originally a personal residence, the Fleming House served briefly as the city hall for the City of South Denver. Having fallen into disrepair and used primarily as storage in recent decades, this beautiful building has now been restored to its full glory and serves a useful function as one of the City's community meeting spaces and events venues as well as The Park People's headquarters.

Kids' Court

In 2013, we constructed Tom's Court, a USTA sanctioned kids' zone for children age 10 and under, at the Gates Tennis Center, a public facility which we oversee. This special space is designed and designated especially for the youngest players and for programming that serves them. It welcomes children to tennis from a sheer sense of enjoyment and belonging, promotes physcial activity, and encourages a life-long love of the game.

Chaffee Park Playground

Together again with community members, local partners, and KaBOOM!, the national playground organization, we visioned and built a second playground, this time in Chaffee Park in the Sunnyside neighborhood in northwest Denver. It was an inspiring process of community engagement and visioning and an exciting day of civic action.

Knox Court Playground

The Park People partnered with local partners, community members, and the national playground organization, KaBOOM!, to co-imagine and community-build a new playground in west Denver's Westwood neighborhood, one of our city's neighborhoods with the least access to parks and to play resources for children.

Gates Tennis Center

In partnership with the Gates Family Foundation and the City & County of Denver, The Park People completed a $4.7 million reconstruction of the Gates Tennis Center in Cherry Creek. The Gates Tennis Center is a public center that features club-like amenities. It is one of the premier facilities in the state and received the United States Tennis Association's "Large Public Facility of the Year" and Great Outdoors Colorado's "Starburst" awards in 2008. It continues to receive great accolades and to pioneer innovative programming and community outreach, serving our community inclusively.

Wynken, Blyken & Nod Statue


H2Odyssey Interactive Fountain, City Park


Civic Center Esplanade


Pioneer Monument


Washington Park Boathouse


Cheesman Park Pavilion


Descriptions of the above and many other past Park People projects will be added in the future.





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