Session Details

The Urbanization of Westminster and Metro Denver

As the Denver metropolitan area continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, many of the suburban cities are evolving and becoming more urbanized through new development. This workshop will tour downtown Westminster and Westminster Station.

A vibrant public realm is central to the design and livability of the new downtown Westminster. Inclusive access to recreation amenities and true, well-activated public space is a core value for the City of Westminster. Built on the site of a traditional indoor mall, the downtown opens its doors to the community with a walkable, urban grid and development form, 18 acres of parks and public space, and access to transit and high-quality bicycle amenities. With phase one underway around the central public plaza, the downtown will develop block-by-block around beautiful, activated, and well-programmed park spaces.

The workshop will also include a visit to Westminster Station Park, which is located at the southern boundary of the city and the Westminster Station Transit Oriented Development (TOD) area. It is planned to become the next new mixed-use urban neighborhood and regional destination in the Denver metropolitan area. The station area is also home to a Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) commuter rail station. With more than 75 acres of transit-oriented development in the core station area, Westminster Station and park are poised for tremendous growth. The park boasts a blend of urban and natural features, such as the regional Little Dry Creek Trail, which connects to neighboring cities. The core transit area is complete and consists of an amphitheater-style plaza and terraced gathering space.

Note: Due to travel time to Westminster, the workshop will depart earlier and return later than other scheduled workshops. Outbound transportation will be via bus, and inbound transportation will be via light rail from Westminster Station to Denver Union Station.