Oct 29, 2018

Denver Golf Course Redesigned for Flood Control

The redesigned golf course will be able to handle storm water from a 100-year flood

Golf course redesigned for storm water and flood control
Golf course redesigned for storm water and flood control

Denver Public Works announced plans to redesign the City Park Golf Course to mitigate flood risks in the north Denver neighborhoods of Cole, Clayton and Whittier. The golf course, built in 1913 in the Montclair Basin, will be able to handle storm water from a 100-year flood event after construction is complete.

Completely funded by Denver water fees, the $45 million project will incorporate a retention pond which will also serve as a water hazard for golfers between the 11th and 13th holes on the southwest corner of the course, as reported by local news source 9 News. The flood management system also will have a new trash vault that will intercept debris floating in storm water runoff before it enters the retention basin. Finally, a meandering creek channel will be developed through the golf course, allowing grasses to naturally filter storm water.

“These are areas most at risk for flooding in larger storms, and we are building a system to manage storm water, to control it,” said Nancy Kuhn, a spokesperson with Denver Public Works. “So minimally impacting golf while benefiting the neighborhoods north of here with flood protection.”

The new design will allow a 10-year flood to drain in 8 hours and a 100-year flood to drain in 24 hours to the South Platte River, recreating the impact of the Montclair Basin which previously flowed through the course before Denver was developed.

Construction is scheduled to finish May 31, 2019, followed by a tow to three month grow-in phase for turf. The course will have limited play beginning Sept. 2019 and full operations by Memorial Day weekend 2020.

Image credit: https://golfible.com

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