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All Hail The Nurses

Veterinary Medicine’s Secret Weapon October is a great month. The temperatures finally cool down enough to break out fall clothing, the kids are back in school mode (willingly or unwillingly) and there’s candy at the end of the month. And, October also marks an annual celebration of a team member without whom we would never […]

Response To Charlottesville

The Denver group Resistance 5280 responded swiftly to white nationalists’ violence at a demonstration in Charlottesville, Va. on Aug. 12. The next day in Denver, more than 1,000 turned out to, according to organizers, “show unity, strength, and power proactively NOW against racism, hatred, and white supremacy, and in solidarity with everyone resisting oppression everywhere.” […]

Sanctuary In Park Hill

Story and photos by Charmaine Robledo, United Methodist Church Special to the GPHN Araceli Velasquez, a mother of three, sought sanctuary Aug. 9 at Park Hill United Methodist Church and Temple Micah, after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) indicated it would not renew a stay of deportation. Velasquez came to the U.S. from El Salvador […]

Schools Update: A Tale of Two Meetings

DPS Should Not Fear Genuine Engagement When It Comes To Tackling Tough Issues I attended two education meetings in August. They were as different as night and day. The “2017 Denver School Board Election and the Future of Public Education in Colorado,” was Aug. 6 at the Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church. It was hosted by […]

Home Tour & Street Fair Set For Sunday, Sept. 10

Eight Homes Ready For Looky-Loos The 39th Annual Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair will take place on Sunday Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour eight homes in Denver’s most architecturally diverse neighborhood and then enjoy a daylong free Street Fair on Forest Parkway at Montview Boulevard with more than 100 […]

Talk of the Neighborhood

By Cara DeGette, GPHN Editor The following is a synopsis of what was discussed during the Aug. 3 Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. monthly meeting. The next community meeting is Thursday, Sept 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. The October gathering is the annual meeting and board elections for GPHC, Inc. It […]

Birdland: Googly Eyes

Bare-eyed Pigeons are easily identified by the striking ring of bluish to reddish brown flesh around their eyes. These pigeons also have iridescent scaled neck patches and distinctive white wing patches, which are particularly noticeable in flight. They can be rather shy. You won’t find Bare-eyed Pigeons living in Park Hill. Their habitat is confined […]

Tale Of Two Cities

What Portland And Denver Are Doing For Sustainability By Tracey MacDermott GPHC, Inc. Board Chair A year ago the Sustainability Cities Index released the rankings of cities around the globe. The September, 2016 rankings are based on the following three categories: people, planet and profit. Not one American city made the top 10. New York […]

Innovation in Art

Inspiring Youth With Inventions, Ideas, Problem-solving Special to the GPHN This summer, students ages 7 to 17 gathered in the open studio of the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA), where they were introduced to mechanical movements through a STEAM approach to automata and simple machines. They imagined new devices and created 3D models with moving […]

Park Hill Character: Blueprint For Life

For Frank and Jan Tapy: Be Decent, Be Thoughtful, Be Fair Story and Photo by Jack Farrar, Special to the GPHN I recently spent two delightful hours with Frank and Jan Tapy, who have lived in Park Hill for 44 years. You may know Frank Tapy as a carpenter, a political activist, a ceramicist/potter, a builder […]

Community Announcements

Blueprint For South Park Hill The City of Denver has kicked off a process to plan the future of the corridor through the southernmost boundary of Park Hill from Colfax to 23rd Avenue from Colorado Boulevard to Quebec. The East Area Plan also includes portions of the neighborhoods of Montclair, Hale, and East Colfax. The […]

The 39th Annual Park Hill Home Tour: Eight Homes, Rich History

Descriptions by Emily Boyle and Liz Rutledge • Photos by SaraElise Photography • Renderings by Marc Applebaum Editor’s note: This year’s Park Hill Home Tour includes eight homes, from Dutch Colonial to Georgian Colonial to Spanish Mediterranean Mission to French Country and Classic Tudor styles.Ticket pricing and other information about the Sept. 10 Home Tour and Street […]

Strong Foundations

The Home Tour And Street Fair, Through The Years By Sierra Fleenor, Executive Director, GPHC, Inc. The Park Hill Home Tour began in 1978 when Bob Jamieson, a realtor, started this neighborhood tradition. The event has evolved and changed greatly since that time. I recently went to the Greater Park Hill News archive and then sat […]

23rd and Dexter: Holly Bukey

by Jack Farrar Author’s note: Holly Bukey is the presiding baker at Spinelli’s, near the corner of 23rd and Dexter. During a recent encounter, I asked her who she’d most like to be sitting next to on that bench. Living or dead. Real or fictional. Bukey wanted her mother, who died in 1991, to be […]

Community Conversations Highlight Aspirations

Library Turns Out To Meet Your Neighbors By Becky Corning and Tara Bannon Williamson Pauline Robinson and Park Hill branch librarians  Giant jenga, hula hooping, a live band, giant connect four, and hamburgers, hot dogs and watermelon were enjoyed by a large crowd at the Pauline Robinson branch library on Aug. 4. Denver Days was […]

Weekend Food Program Kicks Off

Program Fills Nutritional Gap For Students By Sierra Fleenor Executive Director, GPHC, Inc. Vegetable and fruit harvests are coming in, kids are headed back to school, and we’re dreaming about pumpkin-flavored everything over here at GPHC. As we move into the fall, our Weekend Food Program, providing nutritional support to Park Hill school children, is […]

There’s a Pet App for That

Fun With Cat Fishing And Bark Cam True happiness may always be slightly elusive, but for pet owners, now there is true “appiness.” Sorry – couldn’t resist, but truly there are a plethora of smartphone apps that can be helpful to just plain fun if you own pets. For the felines Cat Fishing: An iPad […]

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 […]

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