Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Rethinking Its Urban Parks: Denver Capitalizes on Winter Climate to Activate Its Parks Year Round

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Rethinking Its Urban Parks: Denver Capitalizes on Winter Climate to Activate Its Parks Year Round

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Most people when considering a family activity in January, do not think of going to their local parks. Parks have primarily been thought of as summer destinations with playgrounds lakes and grassy meadows. The Mile High City of Denver is changing this perception by capitalizing on its mild winter climate to activate its parks year round.

Beginning in 2007 Denver Parks and Recreation partnered with the mountain ski resort of Winter Park to bring the thrill of winter sports to an urban setting Together they built the first free urban ski and snowboard terrain park in a city Ruby Hill Rail Yard features six rails of varying configurations and skill levels Ruby Hill is a result of the partnership between Denver Parks and Recreation Christy Sports and Winter Park Resort Winter Park provides the rails terrain park design and staff: Christy Sports provides free rental equipment; and Denver Parks and Recreation provides youth programs. A crew of 30 volunteers, plus private donations also helped make the terrain park possible.

We looked at our desire to introduce more inner city youth to winter sports and realized that our Ruby Hill Park with its giant hills and open meadows was a perfect venue to accomplish this goal," says Kevin Patterson manager of Denver Parks and Recreation "We realized we had an amazing opportunity in front of us

Growing on a Premise

Capitalizing on the success of Ruby Hill Rail Yard and the departments desire to activate its parks, the city partnered with the Metro Denver Sports Commission and the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) to launch Denver Big Air for a two-day international ski and snowboard event at the end of January in the heart of downtown at Denver's Civic Center Park. The event kicks off with a USSA ski exhibition featuring some of the best male skiers in the coumry on day one. Day two is the headline act, the LG FIS World Cup Snowboard Big Air, a sanctioned event on the World Cup snowboarding circuit with an international roster of the top male snowboarders from all over the world.

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"Denver Big Air will offer everyone a great chance to share in a weeklong celebration of winter sports right in the heart of Denver," Mayor John Hickenlooper said. "We are excited to have this spectacular winter sporting event in Civic Center Park at the time thousands of winter sports fans are attending the SIA Snow Show at the Colorado Convention Center. …

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