Confluence Park

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Confluence Park
ConfluencePark.jpg
Confluence of the South Platte and Cherry Creek near downtown Denver
Type Urban Park
Location Denver, Colorado
Coordinates 39°45′11″N 105°00′42″W / 39.752997°N 105.011766°W / 39.752997; -105.011766Coordinates: 39°45′11″N 105°00′42″W / 39.752997°N 105.011766°W / 39.752997; -105.011766
Operated by City of Denver
Open Year round

Confluence Park is an urban park encompassing the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River in Denver's Lower Downtown (LoDo), a bustling district of 19th-century brick warehouses and storefronts that has been redeveloped since the late 1980s.

Current usage[edit]

The park includes concrete trails often filled with walkers, runners, and bikers. Some grassy areas, river overlooks, and park benches are also available. Two pedestrian bridges cross the South Platte River and Cherry Creek at Confluence Park. The eastern edge of the South Platte in Confluence Park has been transformed into a kayak run, immediately across from R.E.I.'s (Recreational Equipment Inc.) Colorado flagship store. The park is adjacent to a number of new up-scale townhouses, apartments, and loft developments, another park bordering the South Platte downstream, train tracks, and Denver's skatepark.

On warm Tuesday and Friday nights, fire performers and drummers practice fire spinning to the sounds of a drum circle by the water. [1][2]

History[edit]

Confluence Park marks the area where gold was discovered in 1858 by William Greeneberry Russell. This gold discovery led to the founding of Denver. Part of the site was previously an Xcel Energy substation that was relocated to allow for the expansion of the park.[3]

References[edit]

Confluence Park Denver - Lovely Denver

  1. ^ http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/offbeat/2007/09/17/cole.co.fire.dancing.kusa
  2. ^ http://flickr.com/photos/gamp/sets/72157602131096539/ photoset on flickr
  3. ^ Denver Neighborhoods - Profile of Cherry Creek Neighborhood in Denver - Denver, CO

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