Denver Parks & Recreation

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Our Host City: Denver, CO

Greater & Greener attendees will experience many parts of the city and the impact that parks and green space have. Through tours, mobile workshops, and other special events, conference participants will see our host city in new ways, learning through its history, experiencing its present, and inspiring its future. 

The Denver metropolitan region is one of the fastest growing in the U.S., due in part, to their ongoing commitment to an outdoor urban lifestyle. Historic vision and modern execution of the Denver park system offer leading examples of urban park planning, partnerships, design, and programming.


About Denver Parks & Recreation


Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities are unrivaled in the Rocky Mountain West. The system’s 150-year history began only a decade after the mining town was founded when Denverites dedicated their first park, Mestizo Curtis, in 1868. Through multiple eras of innovative as well as intentional planning, design and policy, a rich legacy of parks and open space has been shaped in Denver.  

Today, the system includes nearly 20,000 acres of urban and mountain parkland including off-street trails, parkways and natural areas, eight golf courses, 24 lakes, more than 78,000 trees, over 80 miles of trails, nine off-leash dog parks, and over 300 athletic fields. The recreation system includes 28 recreation centers, 16 outdoor pools, and 15 indoor pools serving more than one million visitors annually. Recreation efforts include arts and cultural classes and events, aquatics, sports and fitness opportunities, and youth programming. In addition, the department offers programs focused on outdoor education, instructional programs, youth and adult sports leagues, and out of school programs offered in conjunction with Denver Public Schools.

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