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Talk of the Neighborhood

Compiled by Cara DeGette, Editor, GPHN The following is a synopsis of what was discussed during the April 5 Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. monthly meeting. The next community meeting is Thursday, May 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. The June meeting will be Thursday, June 7 beginning at 6:30. The meetings […]

Pitting Neighbor Against Neighbor

Rift Deepens Over Proposed Fairfax Land Swap; Deal Gets Political By Cara DeGette, Editor, GPHN If time were money, the tiny pocket park on Fairfax Street might already be built. But the long tug-of-war continues over a proposed deal to give developer Ben Maxwell a parcel of land that was slated for a small public park […]

A Moment Becomes A Movement

Rising Voices Echo Through A House Divided At DPS Two events that took place in mid-April encapsulate the state of education in Denver: the brief return of Antwan Wilson and the rise of Vanessa Quintana. Antwan Wilson’s brief return On April 11 a photo of Wilson walking through the corridor of Martin Luther King, Jr. […]

Pop Show Pops At East

Theme This Year Is Female Empowerment Story and photos by Reid Neureiter Special to the GPHN The Denver East High choirs performed to nearly packed houses for three straight nights in April with their annual “Pop Show,” a celebration of young musical talent. This year’s theme was “Female Empowerment” with a large blue painted female […]

Editor’s Note: Keeping An Eye On Things

First, the good news. In our business, it’s awards season, and the Greater Park Hill News has been showered with a few citations for excellence that are worth sharing. Lynn Kalinauskas won First Place in the Education category from the Colorado Press Association for her June 2017 story, “An Issue Of Equity.” There is no […]

Birdland: Farewell, Little Sparrow

The American Tree Sparrow is also known as the winter sparrow. These little birds with rusty caps and plump carriages spend the cold months in the lower states, where they readily visit backyards, especially if there’s a seed feeder. They head north to Canada when the weather warms up, to breed and raise their young. […]

Letters to the Editor

An Open Letter To The City Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) held its fourth (of four) meetings for the Fairfax Park on Tuesday, April 17. We learned that DPR is back to the drawing board for the design and the neighborhood is divided on its location. At that meeting neither DPR Director Happy Haynes nor […]

The Ephemeral Artist, Balancing Stones And Life

Tom O’Dwyer’s Sculptures Are Rock Stars Most people would agree that a good life is a balanced life. Tom O’Dwyer, who has lived in Park Hill more than 20 years with his wife Carol, takes that principle literally. O’Dwyer has many talents, but surely the most interesting among them is rock balancing, which he freely […]

Community Announcements

Celebrating Real News On Wednesday, May 2, the Park Hill Library is throwing a bash to highlight the Greater Park Hill News, an award winning, monthly publication that has been in continuous production covering our community since 1961. Come hobnob with the newspaper’s editor, writers and photographers, blockworkers and bundlers, and our beloved advertisers. Learn […]

Down The Home Stretch

The Legislature Twists And Turns Its Way To The Finish Line By the time you read this, there will be less than two weeks remaining in the 2018 legislative session. Although major issues remain to be addressed, in spite of the legislature’s preoccupation with the expulsion of members, politics appears to be what is on […]

Park Hill Commons Timeline of Events

On May 16, 2016, a representative of the development company HM Capital reached out to city Councilman Chris Herndon, who represents Park Hill. The developer announced he wanted to share plans with the councilman to “gentrify” the business block of Fairfax between 28th and 29th avenues. Part of that plan included the idea of a […]

One Day. 10 Gardens. Endless Inspiration.

Park Hill Garden Walk Set For Sunday, June 24 By Jean Ercolani Garden Walk Marketing Chair The 2018 Park Hill Garden Walk promises to be a day full of surprises, creativity, inspiration and pure enjoyment. For the past 18 years, the Park Hill community has opened their hearts and their gardens for all to enjoy. […]

Don’t Be Silent This Spring

Save Bees, Say No To Pesticides This time of year spring rushes over me, which puts a skip in my step and the anticipation of bursting flowers gives me renewed hope. I get an overwhelming desire to spend time outdoors working in my yard and watching Mother Earth explode with color. However, my initial joy […]

The Bee’s Knees

How To Love The Swarm In Your Backyard By Colin Mann Special to the GPHN Some might think it strange that staring down into a box full of tens of thousands of flying, stinging insects would put you at ease. But here I am. And there are dozens of us. Well, probably a lot more […]

Strike Up the Band

June 1 City Park Ice Cream Social A Denver Tradition By Greg Davis Special to the GPHN The flowers are in bloom, winter weather is moving on, and for children, school’s just about out for the summer. For Denver, summer means many things. From mountain hikes and festivals to the boys of summer playing baseball […]

Sue Wofford, Secret Weapon

A Familiar Face For 27 Years By Tara Bannon Williamson Park Hill Branch Librarian Twenty-seven years ago in March of 1991, Sue Wofford began working at the Park Hill branch library. (And, no, she has no current plans to retire, so don’t ask.) Her first position at the library was as a shelver, though she […]

A Lot Of Help From Our Friends

Food Pantry Needs Range From Spaghetti To Spam By Sierra Fleenor Executive Director, GPHC, Inc. As with each month, we have many words of gratitude to offer to GPHC’s supporters, including volunteers, donors, and members. Thank you to all of our ongoing volunteers who give their time in support of our food pantry, weekend food […]

Food for Thought

Busting Pet Food Myths: Part 1 Do you read your pet’s food bag? Is grain-free better? Did I buy a good food or a great food? With more than 6000 recipes of dog food and more than 2,500 for cats, it’s a huge market for pet foods and they are all vying for your dollar […]

Park Hill Character: Tribute To Peter

Veteran Children’s Center Teacher Lives On In Memory By Lynn Kalinauskas Education Chair, GPHC Peter McInerney, the badass of Jones Pass. The children loved him on earth, and then he was called because he was needed in heaven.   – Cheryl Lange McLaughlin Peter McInerney, a 37-year veteran teacher at the Children’s Center at Park […]

March For Our Lives

Students and supporters rallied in March in Park Hill, throughout the nation and around the globe to protest gun violence and support stricter gun laws. Above, the crowds were massive in downtown Denver on March 24. Ten days earlier, Park Hill students joined in solidarity with peers around the country, marking the 30 days following […]

Fix For The Flood-Prone

Upper Montclair Basin Forum Set For April 10 By Nora Neureiter Special to the GPHN A 15-month study of flood-prone areas in the Upper Montclair Basin will culminate with a public meeting to discuss the study’s findings and next steps. The public forum is Tuesday, April 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Montview […]

Birdland: Wild And Graceful

Red-tails are the most common hawk in North America, and can be spotted sailing over fields, in woods, and gazing down from roadside poles. Red-tail Hawks can often be recognized by their telltale red tails. However juveniles, like this one, don’t have red tails until they are about a year old. They can also be […]

Letters to the Editor

Park or Plaza? We Need Both The “Park Hill Commons” development will include 22 micro-apartments, 21 three-bedroom townhomes, 8,500 square feet of restaurant space, 6,200 square feet of “microretail” units, and 10,000 square feet of office space. All of this, plus 96 parking spaces, will be slotted into the east side of the block between […]

Talking To Strangers

Story and photos by Cara DeGette Editor, GPHC      Most Sunday mornings, a few Park Hill families from a third grade class at Park Hill Elementary build about 150 PB&J sandwiches, assemble bags of provisions, and head downtown. They hand the supplies out to people experiencing hunger and homelessness. The enterprise takes just a couple […]

Community Announcements

One Big Dog Walk The 25th annual Dumb Friends League Furry Scurry is Saturday, May 5 at Washington Park. The two-mile walk benefits pets and horses at the Dumb Friends League. It begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until noon. Check out for registration and details. P3s: What They Mean To You On Tuesday, […]

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