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News Analysis: Coming Full Circle

Busing is our history; the problems it attempted to solve remain By Laura Lefkowits, Special to the GPHN “We believe that high-quality, integrated schools not only offer the best educational outcomes for our children but also serve a vital function in promoting and sustaining vibrant neighborhoods.” So says the Denver Public Schools’ Board of Education in […]

Ready, Set, Tudor

Home Tour & Street Fair Sept. 10 The 39th Annual Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair is set for Sunday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour eight homes in Denver’s most architecturally diverse neighborhood (this year’s tour homes include Colonial Revival, French Country, Mediterranean, and Tudor). After you’re finished touring the […]

The Year of the Raccoon

Not Everyone Loves The Bandit-Faced Hooligans By Cara DeGette, Editor, GPHN Donna Banks has lived in Park Hill for 40 years and she said she’s never seen anything like it. “It was in the attic and I heard a noise, and I thought, that can’t be a mouse, it must be a rat,” Banks said. “But […]

From Cradle To College

20 Years Bonding Over The Neighborhood Newspaper By Elizabeth “Betty” MacMillan, Special to the GPHN I’ve lived in the 1700 block of Ivy Street for most of my life. I am a longtime reader of the Greater Park Hill News, and delivered it for many years until my granddaughter, Lauren, took over the route. She has […]


Kidding Around These Great Blue Herons might be fledglings right now, but they belong to the subspecies that grow to become the largest of the North American herons. In this photo, it looks like the fella on the left is hungry and using a “clapper” technique to try to convince its sibling to produce some […]

Our Eclectic Architecture

Some History Behind The Homes of Park Hill By Erik Carman, Photos by Cara DeGette Special to the GPHN In 1909 The Denver Republican declared Park Hill to have “the most attractive architecture in vogue.” Many of Denver’s top architects of the early 1900’s showcased their talents in Park Hill, leading to a variety of […]

Even Giants Need Help

Climate Crisis Sparks Urgency To Act By Tracey MacDermott, GPHC, Inc. Board Chair “With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live.” — Sylvia Earle In late June I had the opportunity to attend a few days of the Aspen Institute’s IDEAS […]

State Of The City 2017

Hancock Delivers Speech, BBQ In Park Hill Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock brought city hall to Hiawatha Davis Recreation Center to deliver his annual State of the City address in July. Joined by members of the city council and his administration, Hancock spoke to a crowd that packed the gymnasium. He highlighted the need to […]

People On The Move: From East To Engineering

Jacob Haynes Lands California Scholarship Jacob Haynes, a member of the sophomore class of Project Greer Street at East High School, was selected this summer to participate in Santa Clara University’s Summer Engineering Seminar (“SES”) program in Santa Clara, Calif. Haynes was one of the few students chosen for the program from a national pool […]

People On The Move: Rev. Justi Settling In

St. Thomas Episcopal Congregants Say She Is Aptly Named The 150-year old St. Thomas Episcopal Church has a new rector, Rev. Rebecca Justice Schunior. She is known as Rev. Justi, and congregants at the historic church at 2201 Dexter St, say she is aptly named. As a child, she thought that war was a bad […]

Community Announcements

Retirement? Think Again Your most important work may begin after you retire! Come learn about the Ignatian Volunteer Corps on Monday, Aug. 14 at the Park Hill Library meeting room, at Montview Boulevard and Dexter Street, beginning at 10:30 am. Ignatian Volunteers are men and women in their 50s, 60s, and 70s who serve at […]

Letters to the Editor

Time And Energy For Nothing To the Editor: I’m flummoxed. About a year ago a movement began to designate an area of about 700 homes within Park Hill as Historic. If the designation went through, it would offer protection for many, if not most, of Park Hill’s historic homes from significant change. Designation would have […]

Civil Rights Activist, Trailblazing Librarian

The Story Behind Pauline Robinson   By Sierra Fleenor, Executive Director, GPHC At the corner of 33rd Avenue and Holly Street, a one-story, red brick building stands. Looking in from the outside, this unimposing library contains many more books and activities than one might assume. Mary Poppins-esque in its ability to stretch so few resources so […]

Park Hill Character: The Gift Of Gab

Frank Sullivan, Uninterrupted By Jack Farrar About 30 seconds into my conversation with Frank Sullivan, I knew I would like the guy. An amiable manner, a ready smile, a nice Boston (actually Fall River) accent us cow-towners find so charming, a neatly trimmed moustache, a bushy but kempt pair of eyebrows. He gave me the feeling, […]

Become A Cloud Developer

LyndaLibrary Provides Hands-On Instruction From Animation To WordPress   By Becky Corning, Librarian, Pauline Robinson Branch LyndaLibrary is a great tool for learning new technology, software, creative and business skills. And, it’s free with your library card. LyndaLibrary offers a wide variety of instructional videos for professional development in categories such as 3D and animation, design, […]

Go Ask Frances

Teen Appeals To Peers: Library More Than A Jungle Of Books By Frances Fedele Special to the GPHC The Park Hill Library has been a social hub for the entire neighborhood. From baby storytimes to adult winter book clubs, inhabitants of the Park Hill neighborhood can be seen at the library. One group is often […]

A group of seven Latin American students volunteered

in the Greater Park Hill Community garden and helped to clean up the public areas in July. Hosted by Metropolitan State University of Denver, the students are participants in the Study of US Institutes on U.S. History and Government (SUSI), a five-week program for university student leaders who this summer traveled from Nicaragua, the Dominican […]

Would You Look At This List Already!

Volunteers, Donors, Members Step It Up In Park Hill By Sierra Fleenor Executive Director, GPHC We have been busy here at GPHC. Between the Garden Walk in June and the 4th of July Parade, we have engaged dozens of volunteers and hundreds of participants in our community-building events. We owe a huge thanks to all […]

Being A Great Pet Owner

Tips To Make The Vet Visit Better For All It’s a known fact in veterinary medicine that all the veterinary team is in this crazy field because we love animals. And, many, but not all, love working with the owners of those pets – you bring us joy along with your pet. Building a fun […]

‘We Heard The Thump’

Roommates Vow Fallen Totem Pole Will Rise Again By Cara DeGette, Editor, GPHN  One day last month, Stephen Black and C.J. Bailey noticed the totem pole standing in front of their rental house on the corner of 26th and Cherry was leaning at a 33.5-degree angle. It looked precarious. “We were discussing the situation over coffee, […]

It’s Official: We Are In

By Air And By Land, With Energy, Water And People By Tracey MacDermott, GPHC, Inc. Board Chair Great news, for Greater Park Hill. We have been accepted into Denver’s Sustainable Neighborhood Program, joining 11 other neighborhoods that are already part of the program. We look forward to meeting with those neighborhoods in order to learn from […]

Come To The Parade!

A Good Time In Store On The 4th By Justin Bresler, Parade Organizer It’s Parade time, Park Hill! That’s right, it’s Parade-thirty. It’s Parade o’clock and everyone is invited! Whether you’re a parade regular or a newbie, be sure to join 5,000 of your closest friends and neighbors on Tuesday, July 4, for our 8th annual […]

Truce Called In Historic Designation Debate

Sides Find Common Ground In Efforts To Protect Park Hill By Jeff Pearson, Mark Davidson, Judy Wolfe, Rebecca Rogers, Calvin Lee, and Shane Sutherland Special to the GPHN  As summer nears you may have noticed fewer Historic Park Hill and Stop Historic Park Hill signs in the neighborhood. And while you probably don’t miss the […]

Birdland: Aerial Acrobatics

Barn Swallows feed on the wing, meaning they can capture insects in midair. In the summertime humans can spot them while waiting at stoplights, as the birds gracefully dart and weave and dive overhead snagging miller moths and other delectable snacks. Barn Swallows are striking- looking birds, with glistening cobalt blue backs, cinnamon-colored faces and […]

Letters to the Editor

A Recipe For Stress We are writing in regards to the news story about the plans for the Oneida Park Center redevelopment on page 1 of last month’s issue, and parking concerns for all new developments in Park Hill. We are all for fixing up places in Park Hill that need a facelift. What we […]

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