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DEN reactivates its public plaza: Mini golf coming soon!

June 04, 2022
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One of the healthiest airport amenities has returned just in time for summer travel.

Denver International Airport (DEN) has reactivated the open-air public plaza that sits between the tent-topped main Jeppesen Terminal and the Westin Denver International Airport hotel.

The 82,000-square-foot plaza has been transformed into DEN’s Park on the Plaza from now through Oct. 2, offering travelers a charming place to relax and get some fresh air before departure or between flights. The plaza park is also a convenient and green spot for meeters and greeters to hang out while waiting for travelers to arrive.

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Head out to the south end of the terminal (towards the transit center) and you will find a lovely canopy-covered park filled with lots of lounge seating, Colorado-native plants and trees, grass-like turf and games of cornhole.

DEN had the park set up last summer, but due to COVID-19 concerns there have been no organized activities in that space since 2019.

This summer the outdoor entertainment is back. There will be live jazz performances in the park on a half-dozen Friday afternoons (3-6 p.m.) throughout the summer, starting June 3 and running through Aug. 26.

Better yet, DEN’s Park on the Plaza will soon sprout a free nine-hole outdoor miniature golf course. The complimentary putt-putt hours will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, from June 17 through July 17. Clubs and balls will be available. Pastel-colored clothing is optional.

(Photo courtesy of Denver International Airport)

(Note to mini-golf fans: South Florida’s Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) has a small, year-round putt-putt course inside the terminal).

Beyond the live jazz concerts and the free miniature golf course, DEN officials do not yet have a schedule to share of any other activities that will pop up in the park beyond mid-July. But we are confident there will plenty of reasons to consider showing up early for a flight at DEN or making your way out to the park on a layover.

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In addition to miniature golf, in past years DEN has used the plaza space to show outdoor movies, including “Top Gun” – with free mirrored aviator glasses for all – and “ET: The Extra-Terrestrial” – leaning into the rumors of lizard people and beings from other planets living in the airport’s underground baggage tunnels.

The plaza has also played host to a beer garden, a winter skating rink, sports demonstrations and a celebration of Colorado heritage with music, stuntmen, gold mining for kids and a mechanical bull.

More Ways To Get Fresh Air at DEN

(Photo courtesy of Denver International Airport)

To access DEN’s Park on the Plaza between flights you will need a good, long layover and be willing to go back through the security checkpoint. (TSA Pre-Check or CLEAR will help).

But going out to the plaza is not the only way to get some fresh air at Denver International Airport.

As part of a $1.5 billion Gate Expansion Program, DEN opened the first of three planned outdoor patios in Fall 2020.

The first deck is located on Concourse B (in B-West), at the far western end of the concourse. In addition to outdoor seating, the deck has fire pits, a pet relief area, and beautiful mountain views.

Another outdoor patio, with similar amenities, is part of the new 16-gate expansion on Concourse C, which will serve Southwest Airlines. When DEN’s Gate Expansion project is complete, Concourse A will have an outdoor deck too.

Featured image by (Photo courtesy of Denver International Airport)
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