The River North Promenade project consists of the repurposing of an existing local street located in an aging industrial area that is rapidly transforming into a vital mixed-use arts district at the edge of downtown Denver, and transforming it into a mile-long river edge pedestrian promenade.
The promenade will be a linear park linking a series of outdoor rooms that will accommodate flexible festival space, cafés, and an urban theater. The promenade will be connected to the future River North Park, and linked to the river by cottonwood groves and other native plants sustained by stormwater runoff from adjacent streets. Multiple opportunities to access the river edge will be provided linking the River North community to the river.
The concept plan created by Wenk Associates includes custom elements (a pavilion, gangway and tower made of recycled/reused materials) that will create a unique and special place along the South Platte River for the RiNo community and for the city of Denver as a whole. Innovative approaches to treating stormwater within the City ROW will be incorporated with details that include curb-less streets with landscape-based (shallow vegetated swales) water quality areas, with the goal being to hydraulically connect vegetated swales with chase drains and/or shallow conveyances.