Uvalda Open Channel Improvements


Livable Cities Studio is working with Muller Engineering, the Mile High Flood District, and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure to reimagine the concrete-lined drainage channel along Uvalda Street in the Montbello neighborhood. The project is critical in addressing public safety concerns, creating a more inviting space for the surrounding neighborhood, improving mobility, and increasing green space. The existing concrete channel will be converted to a greenway, improving stormwater capacity while also providing a multi-use path that enhances the bike/pedestrian experience and creates better connection to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal trailhead. This project will be a model for the transformation of other concrete-lined channels in the community.
Our team is leading the landscape architecture and a robust engagement process, involving community-wide open house events, neighborhood pop-ups, and one-on-one coordination with property owners impacted by the project’s construction. Our team has hired community connectors, who live within the community, to connect with Montbello’s diverse, bilingual residents.
The channel’s design balances naturalistic elements with the comfortable, suburban context of the neighborhood. Design features complement the water quality improvements and provide opportunities to engage with the new, natural channel.