National Western Center Open Space
The riverfront forming the future western border of the National Western Center will be a grassy open space for recreation, relaxation and small community events. This public space will create the ideal opportunity for planned and impromptu activities—from live music and citizen science projects to quiet walks and bike rides. An informal 250-person open-air amphitheater will offer performances, while colorful public art pieces reflect our vibrant community. The NWC and the riverfront will connect to the neighborhood and nearby parks, via two new river bridges and the regional trail system.
Throughout much of Denver’s history, harmful industrial uses created negative environmental effects due to longstanding and daily dumping of every kind of waste directly into the South Platte. All of that began to change in 1974 when The Greenway Foundation initiated its mission to Revitalize Rivers and Reconnect Communities. Today, Denver residents value enhancing and protecting the city’s greatest natural resource as does the NWC by creating the six acres of riverfront that will allow the river to become more accessible, healthy and safe for recreation — for residents and visitors alike.
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