Centennial Center Park Adventure and Discovery Playground

Centennial, Colorado

Design Concepts worked with the City of Centennial to develop a Master Plan for their first city owned park on an 11-acre site contiguous with their City Hall. Centennial wanted a central gathering place for the community. The park is located in the center of the city, allowing for easy access by all residents. Through a series of public meetings, a final master plan was completed. We also helped Centennial in preparing a GOCO Grant to help fund the park's construction. We then prepared construction documents for the entire site.

The park's theme of "100 Years of History and 10,000 Years of Human Habitation" highlights the site's strong connection to Colorado's history. 

The award winning design conveys the passage of time articulated through a nautilus shape of the central playground complex and integration of arches, spirals, and curves in the park's structures. Among the park's educational elements, the main plaza showcases the historic timeline of the Cherry Creek Basin including fun facts and a map of the Cherry Creek Watershed. The amphitheater is designed for concerts and community events from large to small. Details in the design depict the four periods of human history: Lithic, Archaic, Formative, and Classic. 

The park offers a safe and comfortable environment for all ages. We call this multi-generational play. Landform was used as a major design component creating separate rooms, overlooks, view corridors and an overall feeling of comfort and protection from the elements. Dirt was moved from one place to another on the site to sustainably reuse existing materials in a new and exciting way.  

The central gathering space, Festival Plaza, ties together the park's components. This is a flexible space used for farmers' markets and other community events. The layout of spaces throughout the park promotes brining people together to interact and socialize. This in essence creates community. 


The splash pad and water play area is not to be missed. Don't just take our word for it, users voted it one of the best in the country!

USA TODAY Readers' Choice Award Top 10 Splash Pads


Check out the city's online park features

 Click to explore the City's interactive park map

Click to explore the City's interactive park map

 Click to download the park's kids' activity book

Click to download the park's kids' activity book

Visit the City's page for more information including shelter reservations and concert schedule

Starburst Award

Great Outdoors Colorado


Best Project Award

Engineering News Record,
Mountain States

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Top 10 Splash Pads in the U.S.

USA Today Readers' Choice Awards