NOVEMBER 2017 -- Construction has started on a small, structural facility at Red Rocks Amphitheatre called the Red Rocks Depot. Unfortunately for train enthusiasts, the Depot will not be a train stop but rather a much needed support facility for the operations at the venue. It will house the waste management operations where the separation of recyclables and compostables occurs to support the venue’s eco-friendly missions, as well as storage facilities and four unisex restrooms for park and amphitheatre visitors. It will be built into the hillside on the west side of the upper north parking lot minimizing its impact on the parking lot while being readily accessible to the staff and public.
Some of the architectural elements of the depot that will give it a unique aesthetic, while blending into the park and paying homage to the Amphitheatre include:
- Board form concrete exterior walls
- COR-TEN Weathering Steel accents
- Smooth sandstone blocks on the exterior of the restroom (a different take on the Lyons sandstone used in the amphitheatre)
- A green roof using native grasses and vegetation
Construction will be completed in time for the venue’s first shows in April 2018.
No road detours, Visitor Center closure or major disruption to daily park or amphitheatre operations are expected during this period.
NOVEMBER 2016 -- Two projects are underway at Red Rocks -- a new waterline and Upper North Parking Lot improvements.
The waterline project will impact the Lower South 2 Parking Lot, running north across the lot to Trading Post Road, and then north to the Trading Post and south to the Box Office. Roads will typically remain open throughout construction, but will be closed occasionally for certain portions of the work. Detours will be in place and the Trading Post will remain open.
Construction will begin on the Upper North Parking Lot in early November, and likely conclude in the spring (mid-April). The lot will be closed through construction, but access to the Top Circle Lot and the Visitor Center will remain open throughout construction. There will be overflow parking available in the Upper North Lot for heavy-use days. This project will improve the Upper North Parking Lot to address erosion and storm water control and improve the usability of the lot. The lot is quite steep, and storm water regularly cuts ruts across the lot, which require constant maintenance. By eliminating the erosion issues, guests will no longer have to drive around and through the ruts. The grading will be slightly flatter as well, making the lot more usable. We will also be adding a wide sidewalk around the lot, which will provide a safe separation between pedestrians and autos, and improve traffic flow into and out of the lot. New landscaping features will be added to visually improve the lot and also pretreat storm water.
Beyond the construction impacts, the lot will be paved – this first season. For one season only, it will be typical black asphalt. Once the asphalt has cured, we will be applying a top coat which will match the natural colors of Red Rocks.
To reiterate -- for one season only, the lot will be black. In fall of 2017, it will be “chip/sealed” with a reddish-tan color. Renderings are courtesy of Mundus Bishop.
JANUARY 2016 -- Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre will undergo some road and parking improvements to enhance the visitor experience. These improvements will address the impact from storm-water and erosion, and also focus on refining the safety and circulation of pedestrian and vehicular traffic. These improvements are scheduled for completion prior to the 2016 concert season and will take place in the Upper North Parking Lot, the Intersection of Trading Post Road and W. Alameda Parkway, and Red Rocks Park Road adjacent to the Lower South 1 and 2 parking lots.
Project Details by Location:
|Upper North Lot||Re-grade the surface to manage storm-water and erosion|
|Intersection (W. Alameda Parkway and Trading Post Road)||Formalize the “T” intersection and remove the lower “Y” section to meet current roadway standards|
|Trading Post Road||Improve the road lighting on Trading Post Road between Ship Rock Road and W. Alameda|
|Red Rocks Park Road||Adjust the road alignment, add storm-water management controls, add a pedestrian pathway and re-grade parking lot surface of Lower South 2|