September 15, 2021

The 39th Avenue Greenway Project was awarded a Great Places in Colorado designation in the Great Public Spaces category by the American Planning Association (APA) Colorado Great Places Committee and the APA Colorado Board. Matrix served as the Program Implementation Manager for the City and County of Denver.

The Great Places in Colorado program is an annual selection of places that meet the gold standard of having a clear and distinct sense of place, cultural and historical interest, inclusive community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow. The award celebrates great places in Colorado and the communities that sustain them. The 2021 program recognized the hardships that communities have faced this year by focusing on the unique, memorable places that have best served and uplifted residents. These places are models for other communities to emulate.

The new, 12-acre recreational greenway is an outcome of four integrated projects comprising the Platte to Park Hill: Stormwater Systems Program. The program took a comprehensive approach to flood control in the neighborhoods north and east of downtown Denver while improving water quality and enhancing public spaces. The Greenway integrated stormwater infrastructure, water quality facilities, and open space to create a public realm amenity that provides new habitat, reduces the urban heat island, enhances bicycle and pedestrian connections, and provides community gathering spaces, including an outdoor amphitheater. The integrated approach also provides needed flood protection in reducing flood risk to nearby homes and businesses.