Discovery Park

Wheat Ridge, CO

Originally zoned for commercial space, this site was ultimately designed for a community park rather than retail. This change required amending the previously approved Outline Development Plan. In order to do so, Design Concepts worked with the Parks Department and City Council to design a site that made everyone comfortable with changing the site's use. In addition to numerous Council meetings and study sessions, three public meetings were held for public input. Three concepts were originally presented, that were narrowed down to one through the course of the public meetings. The final conceptual plan was presented and approved by the Council, and the ODP was amended. 

The eight acre site for this park is situated along Kipling Street, a very busy street in Wheat Ridge. This posed a challenge to keep the park safe for users. The final plan shows a series of berms and wood fencing that will serve as a buffer between the busy street and the park. The park contains a variety of amenities in order to attract a wide range of users. Site features include a grass multi-use field for soccer practice, an outdoor amphitheater situated in a bowl created by landform, a water feature that also serves as a stage for the amphitheater, a large shade shelter and plumbed restroom, three play areas for age separated play, a custom climbing wall, a children's garden and natural play feature which incorporates an existing irrigation ditch that runs across the site, additional smaller shade shelters for the play areas, and a 10,000 square foot skate park. A parking lot and detention pond are also included in the site plan along with a series of trails that loop the park. The park's theme is based on the history of the area incorporating an orchard into the landscape plan. Additional theming is incorporated into the site by the use of material selection and custom detailing. 

Enjoy a video from the skate park grand opening provided by Jesse Johnson (wheatridgetv8) and the City of Wheat Ridge