The 5280 Loop: Project Updates
The idea for The 5280 Loop grew out of the many years of planning and community outreach efforts from the City and County of Denver and the Downtown Denver Partnership.
The Loop aims to build a better and more connected city and realize ideas and principles born out of individual neighborhood plans and more encompassing citywide plans. The Partnership is leading efforts to design a unique urban trail that builds on the ideas on these various plans and kicked off the planning process in August 2017 with phase one of the planning process to analyze existing conditions and community outreach that will inform the design process. The conceptual design process will begin over the winter in early 2018. Final conceptual design will be completed by fall 2018 and will articulate how urban form, connectivity, places and nodes, landmarks and community uses all relate to and inform design.
Design will identify key locations for green space, community gardens, public art, important views, and opportunities for new public spaces. The design will convey the overall loop design intent as well as individual character area and segment design intent. With the conceptual design completed, there will be opportunities for additional showcase blocks, and semi-permanent installations of concepts to push the momentum forward.
The Partnership partnered with the City and County of Denver to bring a sneak peak at the potential of The 5280 Loop with The Square on 21st, a temporary gathering place for a neighborhood that doesn’t currently have open or public spaces. The Square on 21st was open from June 15 to August 15, 2017 and was host to a number of events bringing nearly 15,000 community members together.
The Partnership’s Downtown Denver Leadership Program also focused on the Loop as their 2017 class project, bringing a fresh and innovative perspective to the process. They held three showcase events along the conceptual route on August 4 and 17.
Spring 2018 Community Workshops
We will host a community workshop in each neighborhood to discuss 5280 Loop routing, character, and design concepts. Please see the Engage in the Process page for more details.
August 12, 2017 Pop-up Workshop Materials
Fall 2017 Community Workshop Presentation
Downtown Denver Leadership Program
Existing Conditions Report
Spring 2018 Community Workshop Presentation (Will be posted in May 2018)
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- Planning Moves Forward for a City Wide Bike Route Called “The Loop”- 303 Magazine
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- Two Downtown Streets Could Be Transformed Into an Urban Trail- Streetsblog Denver
- Urban Hiking Denver
- The 5280 Loop Re-envisions Connecting Communities Around Denver- Gates Family Foundation
- The Next Phase of 5280 Loop is Underway- Colorado Home & Style
- Downtown Denver Partnership announces planning process to engage community on the 5280 Loop, a world-class urban trail designed to link neighborhoods and connect people- Metro Denver EDC
- Summer project shows off economic potential of Denver’s ‘5280 Loop’- Crain’s Denver
- Denver’s 5280 Loop Could Be a Car-Free, Health-Forward Oasis that Gives Public Streets Back to People- Streetsblog Denver