About the RISE Denver Bond Package

2A invests in Denver facilities including cultural institutions, local libraries, and more because they belong to all Denver residents. Funding improvements to these institutions keep them accessible for generations. 

And it does it all while keeping our tax rate the same!

Jumpstarting the Local Economy

  • 2A will create over 1,800 jobs, over $116,000,000 in wages for workers, and over $250,000,000 in economic impact for Denver at a time when this economic stimulus will have the greatest impact.
  • 2A will support small businesses before and after construction, including opportunities for local entrepreneurs at the May Bonfils Stanton theater after renovation.
  • 2A will provide entrepreneurial, vocational, and educational opportunities through new libraries in historically underserved communities and through the Youth Empowerment Center
  • 2A will fund needed upgrades to city buildings to increase accessibility required in the Americans with Disabilities Act. This funding is critical to address the needs of all residents and visitors to Denver. 

Supporting Cultural Institutions 

  • The renovation of the May Bonfils Stanton theater at Loretto Heights will provide Southwest Denver with its first performing and creative arts space in five years. The theater will serve a rapidly growing and predominantly Hispanic community that has had significant involvement in the visioning phase of the Loretto Heights development. 
  • 2A will fund improvements at the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Botanic Gardens, Bonfils Theater Complex, and the Buell Theater. These investments will improve safety and accessibility for everyone at Denver’s cultural institutions, while also decreasing their environmental impact and making them more sustainable into the future. 

Supporting the Next Generation of Denverites

  • The Hampden Branch Library serves immigrant communities in Southeast Denver, as well as a growing number of children who attend the library’s early learning program. 2A will fund the Hampden Library expansion so that the library can offer more services and better serve the community. 
  • 2A will fund the construction of two new libraries in historically underserved communities: Globeville Branch Library and Westwood Branch Library. Both communities have identified the need for libraries that provide services to the community, such as meeting spaces, out of school learning programs, early learning education programs, and more. 
  • The Youth Empowerment Center, created in 2020, has worked to provide educational and vocational support, mental health support, entrepreneurial training, and recreation activities for Denver youth. However, the current building does not have enough space for these programs to be as effective as possible. 2A will provide the Youth Empowerment Center with the resources needed to be successful in lifting up at-risk individuals.

2B will help continue efforts to help address the homelessness crisis in Denver. Denver has seen an increase in residents experiencing homelessness due to the COVID-19 pandemic  

And it does it all while keeping our tax rate the same! 

2B will: 

  • Create over 400 jobs, over $26 million in wages for workers, and $60 million in economic impact.
  • Dedicate funds for the city to acquire the 48th Avenue homeless shelter, which currently serves 600 guests. The city currently leases the facility, but by bringing it under city control, Denver can ensure that the shelter remains a robust, 24/7 refuge for people experiencing homelessness. 
  • Fund the acquisition of 300 hotel and motel rooms, expanding a promising initiative to address homelessness. This approach prioritizes non-congregate housing, which is more accessible for those experiencing homelessness. 
  • Fund needed improvements to existing shelters to help close gaps in the shelter system. 
  • Continue to build Denver’s necessary capacity to serve unhoused residents into the future. 

2C will address our pressing transportation issues. It’s imperative that the city continue to prioritize a diverse array of transportation options and prioritize accessibility. This focus will decrease traffic and pollution while increasing pedestrian and cyclist ease of movement.

And it does it all while keeping our tax rate the same! 

Denver is committed to succeed at Vision Zero, a program to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030, and 2C will fund needed safety improvements to achieve this goal. 

Jumpstarting the Local Economy

  • 2C will maximize economic benefits across the city as we emerge from the economic impacts of the pandemic by improving our transportation infrastructure and safety. 
  • 2C will create over 800 jobs, over $58 million in wages, and over $122 million in economic impact for the city of Denver. 
  • The 5280 urban trail will create opportunities for local businesses, recreational and outdoor spaces, and arts and cultural amenities for all Denver residents to enjoy. 

Achieving Vision Zero

  • 2C will fund the reconstruction of Morrison Road as outlined in the 2017 Morrison Road Streetscape plan. The reconstruction will improve safety for both drivers and pedestrians,  create an amenity space for local businesses to interact with pedestrians safely, and help create a community space along the road. 
  • By implementing multi-modal improvements along Peoria Street, 2C will fund pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements and increase access to the Peoria Commuter Rail Station. 
  • To help reach Vision Zero, 2C funds sidewalk construction to help close the 300 miles of sidewalk gaps across the city, increasing pedestrian safety and accessibility. 

Pedestrian and Cyclist Improvements

  • The 5280 Loop is an innovative urban trail that will connect Denver residents and tourists alike to outdoor urban spaces. The 5280 Loop will increase space and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists, creating a path that is both vibrant and comfortable for all.  
  • 2C will fund transportation and safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists across the city. These projects will increase the ease of access, comfort, and connections to transit. These improvements will happen in conjunction with neighborhood priorities to ensure these improvements meet the needs of every community.

2D will invest in the future of Denver’s parks and rec centers. Denver has set a goal that all residents live within a 10-minute walk of a high-quality park. To meet this goal, the city is committed to constructing new parks across the city. 

And it does it all while keeping our tax rate the same!

Jumpstarting the Local Economy

  • 2D will help maximize the benefits across all of Denver as we emerge from the pandemic by improving city parks and upgrading recreation spaces for all residents. 
  • 2D will create over 900 jobs, over $54 million in wages, and over $115 million in economic impact. 


  • To help meet the goal of all residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park, 2D will fund the construction of the University Hills and 47th & Walden parks. These parks will provide recreation space for local communities that currently do not have 10-minute walk access to a park. 
  • The Mestizo-Curtis Park Pool, the oldest community pool in Denver,  is a beloved community space in Five Points that serves thousands of kids and their families every summer. 2D will keep Mestizo-Curtis in use for years to come, serving a high-need community in a way that reflects the community input that the city has received. 

Improving Amenities

  • The historic Sloan’s Lake Boathouse will be transformed into a 6,000 square foot community and event space. The Boathouse will be connected to the marina at Sloan’s Lake, restoring access to the original design.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, Denver’s residents turned to the city’s outdoor courts and fields for safe, outdoor recreational opportunities. 2D will repair and replace courts and fields across the city, maintaining the highest quality recreation spaces possible. 
  • Playground equipment at Denver parks also saw increased use during the pandemic. 2D funds the construction of new playgrounds at parks in Denver, increasing accessibility and safety for kids in historically underserved communities.

2E will continue to deliver on the promise to the Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea (GES) neighborhoods by funding the next phase of the National Western Center.

And it does it all while keeping our tax rate the same! 

The National Western Center Master Plan was developed beginning in 2013 with extensive input from the GES community. Through the Citizen Advisory Committee, which works directly with the National Western Center and its partners, residents of Globeville, Elyria and Swansea have  continued to develop and shape the plans for the future of the National Western Campus. 

2015’s Measure 2C funded Phases 1 & 2 while 2021’s Measure 2E will fund Phase 3, as originally outlined in the 2015 Master Plan. The arena and 1909 Building funded in 2E are a direct reflection of the National Western Center Master Plan which included extensive community input.

Jumpstarting the Local Economy

  • 2E will maximize economic benefits in this critical time while Denver is recovering from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • 2E is projected to create almost 3,500 good-paying local jobs, $184 million in wages for workers during construction, and $490 million in economic impact.   
  • 2E will support small businesses during and after construction, including a diverse mix of owner-operator shops, restaurants, and growers in the 1909 Building, as well as 225 full-time and hundreds of part time jobs once the arena is open.

1909 Building

  • The local neighborhoods are food deserts with little access to fresh food. The new public market will be a community hub of local, fresh, healthy, and affordable food. The public  market, as desired by the community, will be the first in generations to serve the daily shopping needs of GES residents.
  • The renovation of the 1909 Building into a public market will create new opportunities for local neighborhood entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Proposed Arena

  • The arena will provide funding for the Community Investment Fund, which will be controlled solely by community partners to reflect the needs and wants of residents in Globeville, Elyria and Swansea
  • The arena will serve as a year-round events center for all Denver residents, and is projected to host over 200 events a year. This is in contrast to the Denver Coliseum which is not a year-round venue. 
  • The 10,000-seat arena, which would replace the Denver Coliseum, would be the only year-round venue owned by the City and County of Denver with the size and amenities needed to host a diverse array of events, including local sports tournaments, concerts, trade shows, and more.

Public Market and 1909 Building Renovation: https://nationalwesterncenter.com/proposed-denver-public-market/

National Western Center Arena: https://nationalwesterncenter.com/proposed-arena/

National Western Complex Master Plan: https://nationalwesterncenter.com/about/what-is-the-nwc/master-plan/

5280 Urban Trail: https://www.downtowndenver.com/initiatives-and-planning/the-5280/