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Railyard Dogs Park

I may have mentioned this project in the past but I don’t believe I’ve separately blogged about it, so…

Downtown Denver’s Central Platte Valley district is getting another park! There are already two parks in the CPV: Commons Park for the humans, and the Denver Skate Park for the humans + skateboard. The new one is for the dogs.

The Railyard Dogs Park will occupy a slightly-less-than-one-acre triangle of land at 19th Street and the railroad tracks, just north of the Manhattan. The rest of the undeveloped block bounded by 19th, Little Raven, 20th, and the tracks will be developed as a future phase of East West Partners’ Riverfront Park project.

Here’s a rendering:

Railyard Dogs Park will be a City of Denver off-leash dog park, and will feature an artificial turf that incorporates a bit of real grass, similar to what the Broncos play on at the new Mile High Stadium. This will prevent the turf at Railyard Dogs Park from getting all worn and dug up by the romping canines, and will help make it easier to clean and keep it looking nice all year long.

The new park will cost about $500,000 and will be funded by the Riverfront Park Community Foundation, private donations, and by contributions from sub-contractors working on other East West Partners projects in the valley. The project’s construction timeline hasn’t been finalized, but it should be complete within the next year or two.

For more information or if you’d like to make a donation, please check out the project website at http://railyarddogs.typepad.com/.

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5 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    I have been waiting and waiting for this dog park to open for years! I too am hesitant to donate any money towards it because it doesn't seem to be going anywhere! Does anyone have any updated information on this project? The rendering looks fabulous, but seriously, my dogs would just love a fence and maybe a few trees for shade. I'm sure it would cost less! Maybe if we got that far people would be more willing to help pay for improvements. Right now I drive them to the park off of Welton, which is a small fenced in area of dirt or to I-70 and Sheridan. I would love to just walk them to a dog park near us. They don't care if their park has a pavillion…

  2. Anonymous says:

    So, what's the latest word on development & construction of the dog park….Environmental issues, design issues, permitting issues? I can't imagine raising money has been a problem.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Seems like this project is moving at a snail's pace. Any word on progress or status or possible dates? I haven't seen or heard anything in a while.

  4. Jason says:

    I am beginning to think this was a scam. I donated a fair amount of money and there is no sign of a park ever being built, and no sign of anyone with all the donated funds. What a rip-off

  5. Jinn says:

    I agree that an acre seems really small. Also, blending artificial turf into the grass seems beyond ridiculous, in terms or cost. I can't imagine how that will possibly keep the park cleaner since the biggest cleanliness problem is not natural dirt but people who don't clean up after their dogs.