O'Fallon / Pence / Corwina Parks
O’Fallon, Pence, and Corwina Parks are part of the historic Denver Mountain Parks system, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Very much loved by the citizens of Denver and surrounding communities, these parks are heavily visited for hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, fly fishing, and other leisure activities. Unfortunately that heavy use over the decades was not accompanied by adequate trail maintenance and resource protection. As a result, significant resource damage has occurred. At least 17.5 miles of trails exist in the O’Fallon Park/Corwina Park/Pence Park complex, the majority of which are unplanned and unauthorized social trails. Confluent Design was retained by Biohabitats, Inc. on behalf of the City and County of Denver to assess the trail systems on these properties, update the City’s trails geodatabase, and make recommendations for trail repairs, re-routes, and closures. Several volunteer and Youth Corps projects are planned to implement these recommendations. Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) completed Pence Park Phase 1 in 2012 and Phase II in 2013, building 2,000 feet of new natural surface trail and closing several hundred feet of unsustainable social trails. Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) completed Phase 1 of restoration work at O'Fallon Park in 2013.