Denver’s Platte to Park Hill stormwater drainage plan is set to receive a final infusion of bond funding

Provided by Denver Public Works A rendering shows a plaza and pedestrian bridge that are planned on one portion of the 39th Avenue greenway and open channel project. It’s part of the nearly $300 million Platte to Park Hill stormwater drainage plan for northeast Denver.

The Denver City Council on Monday will consider giving the green light to the final batch of wastewater bonds for the controversial $298 million Platte to Park Hill stormwater drainage plan.

City officials are asking the council at 5:30 p.m. to approve $107 million in borrowing, with $77 million going toward the massive set of projects. The remaining $30 million in bonds would pay for other storm and sanitary sewer projects throughout the city.

The Platte to Park Hill program is aimed at improving drainage from northeast Denver neighborhoods toward the South Platte River.

Critics, including a handful of council members, have opposed the large increases in sewer rates that were passed in part to pay for the bonds as well as the drainage plan’s links to an Interstate 70 widening project planned by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The new bond issuance would bring the total borrowed through wastewater bonds to $206 million, the amount long pegged as the city’s target. The rest of the cost is covered by an agreement with CDOT and other city sources.

The Platte to Park Hill program has four main components: two new stormwater detention areas on golf courses — one at City Park and the other in Park Hill — plus an open channel and greenway along 39th Avenue and an enlarged storm sewer outfall on the river in Globeville Landing Park. Construction is underway on the outfall and City Park Golf Course projects.

Most of the money provided by the new bonds will go toward the 39th Avenue and Park Hill Golf Course projects. The council approved design and construction contracts for those last month.

A map produced by Denver Public Works shows the major components of the Platte to Park Hill drainage projects.

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