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By: J.J. Clark
SPREE Staff Writer
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Spring has arrived in Denver and the downtown skate park is warming up.  Dust off your old roller blades, grab your skateboards, or peddle your bike down to the Denver Skate Park along the banks of the South Platte River!

As the largest free outdoor skate park in the United States, the Denver Skate Park boasts deep bowls, small moguls, ramps, rails, and over 50,000 square feet of terrain.  On any given day you will see bikes of all sizes, roller blades, skateboards, scooters and everything in between enjoying the park.

The park sits between the new high rises of Denver on Little Raven St. along Commons Park and the viaducts over I-25.  The Flower Mill Lofts are visible as is the South Platte River on the north side of the park next to the bowls.  Walking just a few hundred feet upstream of the Skate Park on the South Platte River trail, beneath the old iron Gingerbread Bridge and next to the open space of Commons Park, you would hardly know it was there at all.

Denver_Skate_Park_001.jpegDowntown Denver’s river parks display an incredibly diverse array of multiuse areas along the South Platte River.  In 10 minutes, you can walk past the sunbathers and tubers of Confluence Park, the runners, Frisbee throwers, and picnickers of Commons Park, trees chewed down by beaver along the natively planted banks of the South Platte River, and end up at the Downtown Denver Skate Park.  This corridor explicitly displays the diversity of demands on an urban river corridor, and exemplifies the possibilities of that resource.

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Get to Know Your Greenway is written by SPREE staffer J.J. Clark.  Each month, J.J. explores a park along the South Platte River and ties the history of the park into his commentary.  Want to talk to J.J. about where he has been this month?  Email him at: jj@spreemail.org