Healthy recreational options for Denver’s west side neighborhoods.
“I took my grand boys to Paco Sanchez Park, and I couldn’t get them out of there – it is so cool! I wandered around while they were playing and every parent I overheard was saying that it was the best playground they’ve ever been to”.
Peggy Day, Director of Strategic Projects, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
The design focuses on multi-generational activities and programming, with a goal of inspiring children and families to engage in physical health.
The park transforms the existing activity of prescribed play to a complex and multi-faceted experience that challenges and engages users of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.
The adventure playground is themed around music after the park’s namesake Paco Sanchez, who started the first Spanish-language radio station in Denver.
This 30-acre park in West Denver is ideal for this new regional attraction because communities surrounding Paco Sanchez Park are historically underserved in access to parkland and recreation amenities. The improvements also bring access to play and healthy activities greatly needed in this community. Connections to the West Line Light Rail station at Knox Court and the Lakewood Gulch trail provide regional accessibility.
This project goes beyond play and also focuses on activity and programming with the goal to engage children and families for a lifetime of physical fitness and activity.The 9-million-dollar project received partial funding from the Colorado Health Foundation.