Jul 30, 2022 - News

Tour this new South Platte river walkway

The Arkins Promenade. Photo: Esteban L. Hernandez/Axios

Denver’s newest outdoor attraction, the Arkins Promenade, is ready for its close-up.

Why it matters: The raised walkway features zigzagging architecture, with industrial elements like metal handrails and grates, all topped by exposed wood.

  • It gives this new public space in the RiNo Art District the potential to become one of Denver’s must-see spots.

Details: The promenade opened earlier this month, and Mayor Michael Hancock called it a "premier outdoor destination."

  • The walkway overlooks the South Platte River along a mile-long pedestrian corridor, and includes large sitting areas for groups, swings and a seesaw.
  • The walkway is accessible from 36th Street and Chestnut Place.

By the numbers: Money for the project came from the $937 million in bonds approved by voters in 2017 and the Denver Parks & Recreation Capital Improvement Fund.

  • At least $5 million from the bonds was used for the project.

The intrigue: You won’t have any shortage of places to eat or drink if you visit this weekend.

  • Number Thirty Eight, Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse, and Split Lip are all just a stone's throw away.

Reality check: Be prepared for a noisy visit.

  • The promenade sits squarely within RiNo’s constantly buzzing boundaries, and my walk on the pathway the other day included lots of noise from nearby construction.

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