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Oneida Park Getting A Facelift

Developer Envisions ‘Old South Gaylord’; Plans Include 5,000 Sq. Ft. Restaurant; Critics Cite Lack Of Parking Compiled by Cara DeGette GPHN Editor The following is a synopsis of what was discussed on May 6 during the monthly meeting of the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc.  The next community meeting is Thursday, June 1, beginning at […]

Of Homes And History

Before Pearl Harbor, Ensign Thomas McClelland Owned The Fairfax Street House Now Slated For Demolition By Bernadette Kelly, Zoning Chair, GPHC, Inc. Dec. 7, 2016 marked the 75th Anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Until the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, it was considered the worst attack on US soil. Twenty naval vessels […]

An Issue Of Equity

By Lynn Kalinauskas, GPHC Education Chair Teacher Shortages Give Rise To Relay – But At What Cost? There is a teacher shortage crisis in Colorado and the nation. Fewer are entering the profession and many are leaving. The teacher turnover rate for Denver Public Schools hovers above 20 percent. The traditional pathway to becoming a teacher […]

Birdland – Graceful Flycatcher

Graceful Flycatcher Here’s a cool fact about the Say’s Phoebe, courtesy of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Charles Bonaparte, a nephew of Napoleon, named the Say’s Phoebe after American naturalist Thomas Say, the first scientist on record to encounter the bird at a site near Cañon City, Colorado in 1819. With cinnamon-washed underparts, the Say’s […]

These Companies Are Helping The Planet

Ideas & Resources To Reduce Our Impact By Tracey MacDermott, Board Chair, GPHC, Inc. Sustainability is a word we hear frequently and at times seems impossible to achieve. It is used in ways to advertise products and services, as well as in our efforts to curb climate change. It suggests a lifestyle that brings about more […]

Community Announcements

Eat Food, Have Fun, Make Art Join 303 ArtWay to paint a community mural. The mural will be designed and painted over two days: Saturday, June 24 and Sunday June 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The mural will be at the Holly Market, at 5538 E. 33rd Ave., across the street from the […]

Calling All Artists

Open Studio Tour Benefits ARK The Art Garage, as part of its fundraiser for its Art Reaching Kids program (ARK), is seeking artists who would like to join the fun at its Fourth Annual Open Studio Tour. The mission of ARK is to provide art programs that heal, inspire and empower individuals facing adversity. The […]

Everyone Loves A Parade

Horsemen, Floats, Cheer Squads on Tap for July 4 By Justin Bresler, 4th of July Parade Organizer Park Hill wasn’t recently voted Denver’s best neighborhood because it has its very own 4th of July Parade. But thanks to its rankings for other criteria – such as high education rate, neighborhood safety, access to quality public schools […]

Park Hill Character: ‘I Just Make Jewelry And Trouble’

By Jack Farrar, Special to the GPHN Helen Wolcott: Artist, Activist, Energizer Bunny Every Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. volunteers at the Park Hill Community Bookstore undertake what appears to be a Sisyphean task – plowing through hundreds of books (donated or brought in by members for credits), setting aside books that are either already […]

Green Fingers, Verdant Hearts

Stars of the Park Hill Garden Walk By Tara Bannon Williamson, Special to the GPHN If you wish to make anything grow, you must understand it, and understand it in a very real sense. “Green fingers” are a fact, and a mystery only to the unpracticed. But green fingers are the extensions of a verdant heart.  […]

It’s A Wrap, And A Spreadsheet

Long-Overdue Overhaul For Open Records In Colorado By Jeffrey A. Roberts, Special to the GPHN For Coloradans concerned about access to government information, the 2017 legislative session will be judged by what occurred on May 10 – the 120th and final day. That’s when members of the state House of Representatives passed a significant open-records bill […]

Spring Microburst in Park Hill

A freak May 7 microburst snapped a huge pine tree on the 2300 block of Dexter Street, leaving it sprawled across two homes. No one was at home at the time, and there were no injuries to humans reported. Photo by Karla Kyte

Of Pop-Tops, Scrape-Offs And Flooding

What You Can Do To Help Save Our Watersheds Our watersheds in Greater Park Hill are experiencing significant changes, literally as I write this column. Pop-tops and scrape-offs. New businesses and expansions of existing businesses. All have a tremendous impact on our watersheds. The two primary watersheds in this part of Denver – the Montclair […]

US Men On The Road to Russia

First Stop, Commerce City… By Bob Boyle Special to the GPHN If there was one cardinal rule that every true sports addict must live by, it would be the following: Never, ever, give up on your team.   – Bleacher Report The Beautiful Game is no stranger to controversy. Yet communities and fans alike can […]

The Deep Roots Of The Garden Tour

Reflecting On 17 Years This June 17 By Sierra Fleenor, GPHC Executive Director This year marks Greater Park Hill’s 17th Annual Garden Walk. It’s on June 17 this year, and so I couldn’t resist acknowledging the recurrence of the number 17 through a retrospective. Longtime resident and Greater Park Hill volunteer Ann Long recently took the […]

Summer Full Of Thanks

What We Need, Who We Appreciate By Sierra Fleenor GPHC Executive Director What a month May was. We had several events, operated the food pantry, and continued planning our annual upcoming special events. In addition, we were busy renewing memberships for members who renew in January through June. We have received numerous donations of food, […]

Exploring Ways To Avoid The ‘Summer Slide’

Libraries Launch New Summer of Adventure By Becky Corning, Librarian, Pauline Robinson Library We are changing up summer reading at Denver Public Library this year. Some of these refinements include offering different prizes and different ways to earn prizes. We hope the new program will be more relationship-based, more responsive to the needs and desires of […]

A Handful Of Vitamins

Does Your Pet Need Supplements? We humans are pill poppers, we are supplement junkies. Not accusing anyone of addiction, but as I watch my dear husband swallow a handful of vitamins and supplements every morning, that thought pops into my head – pun intended. It is our human nature to want to easily take something […]

Look What’s Brewing

By Cara DeGette GPHN Editor The following is a synopsis of what was discussed during the April 6 Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. monthly meeting. The next community meeting is Thursday, May 4 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. It is free and open to the public, and everyone is welcome. Brewmaster Chris […]

Park Hill Character: Vance Johnson’s Tonsorial Talents

Catching Up With The Dean Of Barbers By Jack Farrar Vance Johnson could be forgiven for having a somewhat dim view of the world. He has been through the ringer financially and personally, and has been forced to reinvent himself at the age of 62. But he has faced his demons and he’s moving on. […]

Editor’s note: Awards And Accolades

GPHN Honored For Photos, Features In Top Of The Rockies For the third year, Greater Park Hill News has been recognized for excellence in journalism, garnering two awards in the 2017 Top of the Rockies regional journalism competition. The competition, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, includes news organizations in the four-state region of […]


Force Of Nature With bright red and yellow shoulder epaulets, glossy black male Redwing Blackbirds usually get most of the attention. By contrast, females, like the one pictured here, are a bit more subdued. They look almost like sparrows with crisp brown streaks, pale breasts and whitish eyebrows. Females are smaller than males, and can […]

Letters to the Editor

Love Our Characters Jack Farrar’s April article about J.R. Ewing, the community member who helps others, was phenomenal! I love this story of neighbors helping neighbors and being appreciated and kind to one another. The more we get to know one another and find our commonalities, the better our dialogue and understanding of one anyone […]

Say ‘No’ To The Straw

Help Make Plastic Go Away By Tracey MacDermott Board Chair, GPHC, Inc. You may not think that the trash and chemicals that collect on our Denver streets contributes to pollution in our oceans, but it does. The nasty junk travels through our local sewer pipes into our waterways and eventually reaches the ocean. In 2010 […]

[Commentary] Denver Metro Now Ranked 6th Smoggiest

Air Quality Not Just About The ‘Brand’ By Andy Keiser Special to the GPHN Three thousand gallons. That’s how much air a person breathes every day. That’s roughly 30,000 breaths, filtered through your lungs each and every day. Each breath drawn in and out of an ecosystem no less delicate than any on Earth. So […]

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