A Huge New Music Venue Is Planned For RiNo, Along With Artist Studios, A New Brewery, and A Bike In Movie Theater.

Denver’s River North Neighborhood has been growing quickly, especially the stretch along Brighton Boulevard.  Since 2010, 13 of the 18 blocks along Brighton Boulevard between Broadway and 37th Street have been redeveloped or have a planned or proposed project. Two hotels have been planned or are being constructed and four breweries have opened, with a fifth, New Belgium, scheduled to open this Spring. Developer Bernard Hurley owns six acres of property in River North and is looking to get in on the action in a big way.

A rendering of the planned development courtesy of Menalto Development.

A new planned community called Hurley’s Place would bring 200 apartments, office space, and a third hotel to the neighborhood.  Among the more exciting aspects of this project are plans for artists studios and a bike-in movie theater.  Possibly the biggest attraction, however, would be the outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Platte River which can hold up to 1500 people. In 2016, over 4,000 people attended the first RiNo Music Festival which was held on the site of the planned development.  There will also be a large indoor music venue.  Access to the outdoor spaces will be free and unrestricted and will tie directly into the new park space planned for the area.


Photo Credit: Wenk Associates for Denver Parks


Denver Parks and Recreation has been working to revitalize the Platte River throughout Denver and has been giving this area special attention.  There is a planned greenway along the River through the entire River North neighborhood which will be known as the RiNo Promenade and there are at least two large parks which, if constructed, will be adjacent to the development.  The first is at 35th Street and Arkins Court.  The second park is Globeville Landing at 38th and Arkins, which already exists as a park but will receive a substantial makeover.  Renderings of the RiNo Promenade show playgrounds, bike paths, and even a sidewalk cafe.

While construction on most of the project is still in the planning stages, one small piece is already open for business.   Blue Moon Brewery opened a tap room at 38th and Delgany this past July.  The entire project is expected to take about five years to complete.


Blue Moon Brewery’s new taproom which opened in July 2016.  Photo Credit: Josie Sexton, Eater Denver


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