1 Apr 2021
Denver’s Best New Playgrounds for 2021
posted by: Mile High Mamas
Bye-bye pandemic, hello playtime!
With COVID-19 rapidly disappearing in the rearview mirror, playgrounds in metro Denver have fully reopened. The “closed” signs and the caution tape have gone away and spring has finally arrived. What better time to check out some of the Denver metro area’s newest playgrounds? Parks & rec departments have not been sitting idle during the pandemic; instead, around 20 new playgrounds have opened or were removed and rebuilt. A few of these are showcased below; scroll down the bottom to see even more of our Denver playground recommendations.
Please err on the side of caution and wear your face masks when you visit, especially on busy days.
The iPhone app Denver Playgrounds & Parks features over 760 metro Denver playgrounds. You will find photos, descriptions, and reviews of each play area. Come locate one near you, no matter what part of town you’re in. Visit the App Store or get details at the project website, playgroundsdenver.com.
Best New Playgrounds in Denver
Veterans Memorial Park
This rebuilt Commerce City playground features three separate play areas: one for older kids, one for toddlers, and a nature play area with logs and boulders. The main play area shines with a roller slide, rocking boat, and plenty of spinners. The zero-step merry-go-round, wheelchair ramps, and three adaptive swings make this an accessible playground for everyone.
Location: 6049 Forest Dr, Commerce City
Byers and Pecos Park
The remodeled Byers and Pecos Park in Denver features a two-person swing that can catapult its occupants sky-high. There is also a cage spinner, a separate toddler area, and tall climbing structures.
Location: Pecos St & W Byers Place, Denver
West Harvard Gulch
This modest-sized but exciting playground offers some serious climbing opportunities. Tall nets, steps, bridges, ladders, and platforms invite adventures up high, and the many musical instruments cater to the creative spirit. You’ll also find several spinners, slides, and a platform swing.
Location: S Decatur St & W Vassar Ave, Denver
Long’s Pine Grove
Here is a new Denver playground that is almost entirely constructed out of wood. You will find playhouses, logs, bridges, climbing nets, sand play, and a concrete hill slide. The park is located near the High Line Canal Trail, so combine it with a bike ride or trail run with the kids!
Location: 1523 S Uinta Way, Denver
Gutted and completely rebuilt, this huge South Denver park packs an enormous number of playthings into a relatively small footprint. You will find elaborate climbing structures, a two-person swing, a 4-person teeter-totter, and two roller slides. The many accessible
features include a zero-step merry-go-round, adaptive swings, and ramps. With beautiful mountain and lake views, this park is a must-visit!
Location: W Bowles Avenue & S Pierce Street, Littleton
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Guest blogger Chris Sekirnjak lives in Wheat Ridge with his wife and two children. His two guide books Denver Playgrounds & Parks and Run, Stroll, Hike were published in 2014 and 2016 and have both been adapted to iPhone apps.
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