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Fairfax Land Swap Approved

Park Could Cost $1M or More; Developer To Chip In $650,000, Taxpayers To Foot The Rest By Cara DeGette, GPHN Editor Denver taxpayers could now be on the hook for $350,000 or more for a public park within a private development project on Fairfax Street. The deal – approved Aug. 20 by the Denver City Council […]

Home Tour Turns 40

Tour Seven Homes and Check Out The Street Fair On Sept. 23 By Lana Cordes, Park Hill Home Tour Organizer The 40th Annual Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair takes place on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour seven homes in Denver’s most architecturally diverse neighborhood and then enjoy a daylong […]

It’s A Cinderella Story

East Grad Payton Brown Heads To CU On Prestigious Chick Evans Scholarship For Golf Caddies Story and photos by Reid Neureiter Special to the GPHN  This fall, Park Hill resident and recent Denver East High School graduate Payton Brown made the drive to the University of Colorado on a full-ride sports-related scholarship. But Brown will […]

Letters to the Editor

Privilege Begets Privilege At the Aug. 20 city council meeting there was a heated discussion about the Fairfax land swap in our neighborhood. Neighbors and friends on both sides of the issue spoke passionately about something that has begun to represent so much more than just a new park for North Park Hill. To be […]


The Future Is Blue Little Blue Herons are little and blue, with heads and necks that are purple-maroon. That is, they are blue except when they are juveniles, during which time they are pure white, with green legs and two-toned bills. Little Blue Herons are rare in Colorado, but can occasionally be spotted migrating through, […]

Talk of the Neighborhood

Compiled by Cara DeGette, Editor, GPHN The following is a synopsis of what was discussed during the Aug. 2 Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. monthly meeting. The next community meeting is Thursday, Sept. 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. The October meeting is the annual meeting and will begin at 6 p.m. […]

Raw Politics: November Ballot Will Be Jam-Packed

Plus, Thoughts On City Leadership For Denverites, the November ballot will be crowded with questions that have the potential to significantly change the nature of the community. How you choose may also significantly impact your family’s finances. The following is a snapshot of some of the proposals, with analysis and thoughts about a mayoral race […]

The Answer Is Right Under Our Feet

Work With The Soil That Will Save Us As we come to the end of summer so does much of our gardening and hours of digging in the dirt. Our months of work will hopefully pay off as we collect the fruits of our labor during the fall harvest. Some of us are already planning […]

Community Announcements

Forums Help Denver Decide Ballots will be mailed to all Denver voters on Oct. 15. Whether mailed, returned in person or dropped off at a collection site, completed ballots must be in the hands of election officials by Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Denver Decides, a consortium of the League of Women Voters of Denver, […]

40th Annual Home Tour

This year’s tour features a collection of homes built from 1925 to 1950 in architectural styles, including Traditional, Mediterranean, Craftsman Bungalow, Mid-century Ranch, Tudor, and Santa Fe/Pueblo. Click here for ticket and tour information.   • Home descriptions by Allie Kelly • Photos by Sara Elise Photography • Artist renderings by Marc Applebaum   The Organizers 2018 […]

Bikes Together Camp

Bikes Together Camp Counselors-In-Training Cameron Aydelotte and Jeremy Cope, along with Instructor Drew Fuller, lead campers to the start of the Park Hill 4th of July Parade. Bikes Together (formerly the Bike Depot) is a nonprofit bike shop on Fairfax Street that holds bike camps for kids; this summer 240 campers signed up. Photo by […]

Body Art For The Brain

Librarians Design Tattoo-Inspired Reading By Tara Bannon Williamson Park Hill Librarian    The best thing about librarians is our creativity. We develop a million and one ways to suggest books to readers. Suggestions based on tattoos might be my favorite way yet! For the last two years on July 17 – which happens to be National […]

Summer Of Colorado Cycling

Through the summer, road cyclists have had the luxury of the broadest range of riding in Colorado. These include everything from group rides like the Park Hill Peloton around the Cherry Creek Reservoir, to high level competitive racing such as the Littleton and Stapleton criteriums. Long-distance organized rides that take place during summer months include […]

A Bounty Of Harvest

Thanks and Gratitude For Volunteers, Donors, Members By Sierra Fleenor Executive Director, GPHC, Inc. School may have started, but summer is still going strong here at GPHC. Our garden bounty is coming in, the farm stand is nearly overflowing, and we’re getting excited for the 40th annual Home Tour and Street Fair on Sept. 23. […]

23rd and Dexter by Jack Farrar

Diane Thornhill Diane Thornhill lives in the University Park neighborhood southwest of Park Hill. But she enjoys visiting Park Hill from time to time to see friends, and to buy pesto and ciabatta bread at Spinelli’s. I asked who she would like to be sitting next to on the bench. She didn’t hesitate. “The Obamas. […]

Taking the Fear Out of Vet Visits

Tips To Sooth Those Sweaty Paws The nervous anticipation builds as you pull up in the parking lot. Your heart starts to pound, and the anxiety begins to make your palms sweat. Does that sound a little like how you feel when you go to the doctor? Change the sweaty palms to sweaty paws and […]

DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg Is Out

His Departure Follows a Year Of Scandals And Discontent, Mixed With Praise For Accomplishments On July 17, just weeks before the beginning of a new school year, Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg resigned after almost a decade in the job. He will stay on for three months while the board of education searches for […]

Hancock Readies For Reelection Run

State Of The City Speech Skims Past Controversies, Including #MeToo Outrage, City Park and Park Hill Golf Course Projects Story and photos by Cara DeGette GPHN Editor    In his July State of the City address, Mayor Michael B. Hancock declared it a “transformational moment” in Denver’s history. In his annual speech, Hancock did not […]

Letters to the Editor

GPHC Seeks Good Faith From City On Fairfax Street An Open Letter to Denver Parks & Recreation Director Happy Haynes: Greater Park Hill Community (GPHC) understands that Denver Parks and Recreation proposes to soon present a Fairfax land swap bill and contract to city council. The Greater Park Hill Community Board requests the opportunity to […]

Birdland – The Company Of A Parakeet

This Caribbean Parakeet is certainly not indigenous to Park Hill, but this little fella sure makes you want to go somewhere exotic, right? In the Dutch Antilles, pandemoniums of bright green parakeets can be heard shrieking as they flash by, or gather in wabi, dividivi and indju trees. The parakeets’ coloring varies from island to […]

It’s OK To Lament, But Then Get Busy

At Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ, Social Change Is A Relay     “I had people who wandered off the street who sat and just cried about what was going on,” recalled Rev. David Bahr about the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Bahr recalls one woman in particular who came to him […]

A Spectacular Independence Day

Some 800 marchers wowed the crowds lined along 23rd Avenue between Dexter and Krameria streets for Park Hill’s 9th annual blowout 4th of July Parade. Founder and Organizer Justin Bresler ballparked the crowd estimate in the thousands. Looky-loos were treated to floats, cyclists, buses, golf carts and classic cars. There were picnics and lemonade stands. […]

Going From Warm To Red-Hot

A Grab-Bag Of Summer Sizzlers Well, we have now survived the wintery legislative session and the spring primary races. Now, the political dial turns from warm to red hot on the federal, state, and local levels. The nation and the world are still reeling over Donald Trump’s July Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. […]

Park Hill Primer- A Guide To Local Schools

By Lynn Kalinauskas GPHC Education Chair The first day of school – at least for Denver Public Schools – is Monday, Aug, 20. Living in Park Hill, your children have access to a large number of public schools within and just outside the neighborhood, as well as one private K-8 school. Traditional public elementary schools […]

A Racy Proposition

It’s Time To Go Topless, Park Hill “One word: Plastics. There’s a great future in plastics.” – The Graduate (1967) The 1960’s were an explosive time period of musical giants such as The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner and Jimi Hendrix and enormous tragedy with the assassination of the Kennedys, Malcolm X and […]

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