Montbello Open Space Park

Montbello Open Space Park featured image

The Trust for Public Land has partnered with Denver nonprofit Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) and the City and County of Denver, establishing the first open space park in the Montbello neighborhood and Denver’s first nature education park. This project will bring much needed open space to far northeast Denver and provide opportunities for healthy and active recreation and learning.

Over 10 years, we have transformed 5.5 acres from vacant lot into a restored short-grass prairie ecosystem with native plants, green infrastructure to filter stormwater, outdoor classroom, educational art, walking trails, and interactive nature play spaces. The park also houses ELK’s nature education center, which will assist ELK in accomplishing a mission target to provide outdoor programs to youth who may otherwise not have the opportunity to engage in science and science-related careers.

In June 2021, we celebrated the park’s opening, and in summer, will launch The Trust for Public Land’s CORE (Community Outreach with Resident Experts) program to further support youth. The ELK Education Center and Montbello Open Space will serve more than 42,000 youth and families annually in the Denver area.

Directions to Montbello Open Space Park