Levitt Pavilion Denver is located in Ruby Hill Park at 1380 West Florida Ave Denver, CO 80223, which is near 1-25 and Santa Fe, just a few miles south of Downtown Denver. This historic park has been under-utilized for years, but now Denver has a new state-of-the-art concert venue featuring 50 free concerts a year, as well as other ticketed events.
About Ruby Hill Park
Ruby Hill Park offers a unique combination of urban and outdoor experiences. A keystone in the revitalization and activation of the upper South Platte River greenway, the park connects downtown and northern city center neighborhoods to southern neighborhoods. Additionally, it serves as a key destination, bridging eastern and western neighborhoods otherwise separated by Broadway, Santa Fe Drive, and the river itself. With nearby light rail and bike trails, Ruby Hill is accessible to everyone.
Ruby Hill Park has undergone a fabulous transformation with the addition of many new amenities, thanks to Denver voters who approved the Better Denver Bonds that provided $5.3M in funding for the improvements. The park stands regally at one of Denver’s highest points of elevation, offering breathtaking 360 degree views of the city, and a unique vantage point from which to appreciate the Platte River greenbelt on the park’s eastern edge.
The heart of Ruby Hill Park has been redeveloped to create areas for recreating and gathering. A signature pavilion provides respite from sun and rain. Comprised of angled roofs that fan out in a circle, the pavilion’s stained-wood undersides look organic and refined. The new pavilion area encompasses 28 picnic tables, modern water and energy efficient restrooms, and a large plaza featuring an oculus, also known as a sun dial. Made of an orange-tinged circular eye suspended between two sculptural arms, the oculus’ shadow records the passage of the day.
To the south of the pavilion, following a wide walkway is a wonderful new children’s area made up of several constellation-themed playgrounds. The theme recognizes that the park’s high elevation gives visitors the impression they could almost touch the stars.
There is a constellation maze, with colorful, curving panels featuring cutouts of stars and planets, tiny tunnels, and a climbing tower. It’s a great place for children to run through and challenge their sense of direction. Another portion of the playground features a large arching jungle-gym like structure incorporating a climbing web, swings and slides. Twirling play features form another grouping, and a “Draco the Dragon” climb-upon structure sits on a soft surface painted with star constellations. A small picnic shelter nestled among the play areas proves the perfect place to pause, rest and refuel.
Better Denver Bond funding also enabled the installation of an updated irrigation system encompassing 20 miles of new irrigation pipes in the park. Replacing the antiquated irrigation system has helped to create a greener park, achieve greater water efficiency, and reduce the time and expense of maintenance and repair of the old system. An existing restroom within the park was rehabbed to make it ADA accessible, provide new walkways to the restroom, and install a new roof, new siding, water-efficient fixtures, and energy efficient lighting, including a solar tube which captures day-light to create a more pleasant restroom interior. Additionally, the park’s existing outdoor pool was outfitted with shade structures and a new slide, making the pool area more comfortable and fun.
Ruby Hill Park also holds one more gem—a piece of public art placed at the northeast promontory of the park. The kinetic sculpture, called “Twighlight Twist,” moves with the wind and generates its own illumination. The piece was created by artist Eric C. Johnson. Come visit the park, located between FloridaAvenue and Jewell Avenue, about a mile west of Federal. You’ll be tempted to twirl around to take in the view, and thank the people of Denver whose support of the Better Denver Bond helped fund all these great new amenities.
Article from The Greenway Foundation: Get to Know Your Greenway
By Michele Majeune, Better Denver Bond Program/CH2MHILL With Mark Tabor, Assistant Director of Planning, Denver Parks & Recreation