The 3.5-acre park was 10 years in the making.

A new park just opened in the River North area (RiNo), and it is in a word, awesome. The project was a decade-long endeavor and the River North Park officially opened last week. This new 3.5-acre park is set on the river along with Atkins Court between 33rd and 35th Streets.

The land was bought in 2010 for about $2.4 million and is now worth around $12 million. RiNo has become a hot area for real estate in town and is one of the most expensive areas being developed in the city. About $6 million was spent to develop the new park!

The River North Park has a lot to offer with Platte River access, green spaces, preperformance areas, art displays, a brand-new playground, and two industrial buildings. The buildings will eventually house a public library branch and art space in partnership with Redline, as well as other community organizations and groups.

The buildings are being repurposed rather than being demolished—a suggestion from residents in the area who did not want to see the buildings torn down. The RiNo Art District worked with the city to develop a plan to use the buildings as a community art space and hopes to open the installations by 2021. River North Park is part of Denver’s Game Plan for a Healthy City, which is aimed at increasing green spaces in the city.

A virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last week, which you can see below:

“Parks and green spaces are critical to creating complete neighborhoods for our residents, and thanks to the people’s investment in our parks system, we can bring these amenities to the River North community,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. “By bringing our love for our parks and our love for the arts together in this way, River North Park will be a wonderful outdoor space for the residents here in the area.”

Have you visited the new River North Park? If so, what'd you think? Where else in Denver would you like to see a new park? Sound off in the comments.