The River Mile is a new, urban mixed-use neighborhood to be built along a one-mile stretch of the South Platte River between Speer Boulevard and Auraria Parkway in Downtown Denver. Adjacent to two transit stations and the birthplace of the city, the plan calls for a bike and pedestrian-oriented public realm, new waterfront parks and public spaces, and the continued restoration of the South Platte River.
The site is currently home to the Elitch Gardens Theme Park as well as swaths of parking lots designed to serve the nearby stadiums and downtown amenities. Spanning across 60 acres, it will take several decades for the entire River Mile neighborhood to be developed, requiring a creative phasing strategy that will ensure continuity for current uses while incorporating new ones. A total of over 15 million square feet of vibrant mixed uses is planned for the development at completion.
SAR+’s involvement on the River Mile and Meow Wolf projects here in Denver has been as impactful as it has been enjoyable. Their progressive thinking and optimism for the possibilities for Colorado makes this process fun for all of us involved. Perhaps most importantly, their ability to incorporate the perspectives of a wide range of stakeholders into a project’s path - while still being mindful of the client’s vision - is an art form.Rhys Duggan
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