Speaker Details

Gordon Robertson

Director of Planning, Design, and Construction
Denver Parks and Recreation

Gordon Robertson is the Director of Denver Parks and Recreation Planning, Design and Construction. He provides strategic and operational leadership for the city’s planning division and the oversight of all capital planning and project management services for the department. Since joining Denver Parks and Recreation in 2007, Gordon has led the growth of the division from 14 staff and a capital budget of $10 million, to 31 staff and a capital budget of over $40 million annually. Robertson initiated and has helped lead the City’s River Vision effort aimed at restoring the S. Platte River into an ecologically functioning and healthy waterway and improving its use as a recreational amenity, with over $75M invested to date from multiple partner funding sources. Prior to his role in Denver Parks and Recreation, Robertson was the Parks Planning Manager for the City of Arlington, Texas and a Senior Parks Project Manager for the Lower Colorado River Authority in Austin, Texas.

With 25 years of experience in community design and building, he has served the Denver community as a board member of Denver Urban Gardens and Levitt Denver and was appointed by the Colorado Governor to serve on the Rocky Mountain Greenway Exploratory Committee. Robertson is dedicated to combating climate change, making a difference in the lives of Denver residents by making their city a healthier and more beautiful place to live. Helping build Denver is his job as well as his passion.

Robertson received his undergraduate degree in English from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and an M.S. in Community and Regional Planning, with an emphasis in environmental and natural resources planning from the University of Texas at Austin. Gordon has lived in Denver since 2007 with his wife Paige and three children and enjoys cheering on his favorite sports teams - The Boston Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and, yes, sorry, the Patriots. ; )