Project to improve Confluence Park in downtown Denver nears completion

Posted at 4:30 AM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 06:30:18-04

DENVER -- A popular downtown park undergoing a major renovation project will be done and ready to open to the public by October. 

The new plaza in front of R.E.I will have improved bike and pedestrian safety and better access to the South Platte River. 

It hasn't been a smooth project for Denver. Crews ran into a problem finding coal tar in the ground, and that set construction back. Originally, the budget was set around $4.2 million and now it's around $9 million because of the set back. 

"They're starting to get the pavers down. They got most of the walls and the terraces built of the concrete work," said Mike Bouchard, assistant director of capital projects. 

The city plans to open the new plaza with a ribbon cutting.