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Long Live the Streets! Viva Streets returns to 23rd Avenue in August

By Erin Vanderberg Last August, Viva Streets transformed Park Hill, already renown for its block parties, into a massive, all-neighborhood block party by closing 23rd Avenue, from Colorado Boulevard to Syracuse Street, to automobile traffic. The first annual event, coordinated by LiveWell Colorado and BikeDenver, saw an estimated 7,500 people turn out on bikes, foot, […]

Guitar Hero: Jen Pastalo Dacpano’s Urban Guitar Revolution

By Erin Vanderberg About five years ago, Jen Pastalo Dacpano got the urge to learn guitar. But, unlike many of us who experience a similar urge in a wave that then recedes, Jen was hell-bent. No matter that the school psychologist, wife of Satchel’s owner Andrew Casalini and mother of 4 was nursing her youngest […]

Guns, Schools and Politics

State Senator District 33 Mike Johnston discusses his recent efforts to counter violence, improve schools and keep his Senate seat with the GPHN Violence in the District Senator Johnston hosted two meetings this June with the Mayor’s office, the Prodigal Son Initiative and other community activists to address the May shootings at 28th and Fairfax […]

Parental Units: The Park Hill Parent Group offers a network for kids and parents alike

By Erin Vanderberg Rob Cuthbertson and Jill McClure moved to Park Hill from Austin and found out that they were expecting their first shortly thereafter. It occurred to them that between having very few friends with children and families that lived in long-distance area codes, it might be a good idea to start networking with […]

The Art of the People

A new book and a DPL art exhibit highlight the murals of Colorado By Erin Vanderberg In 1881, Allen Tupper True was born to a mercantile family in Colorado Springs, whose frequent dealings with Native Americans heavily influenced the subject matter of the young artist’s work. “Part of his passion was to show Native Americans […]

Park Hill Moments: 2012 Garden Walk

Around 425 people participated in the 2012 Garden Walk, which featured 12 gardens in and around Park Hill on Saturday, June 16th. If you have any suggestions for the Garden Walk committee or would like to participate in the 2013 Garden Walk, email

How do you know you live in a food desert?

Hint: There’s no place to buy veggies By Aleece Raw Many of you already realize that Park Hill is a food desert, with the nearest grocery store at least one mile away from at least 33% of the families that live here. Our goal is to change that by creating a Park Hill Food Hub […]


Plans are in full swing for the 2012 Home Tour which will be held on September 23, 2012. We have a great mix of homes featuring original architectural detailing and footprint to contemporary renovations. The Home Tour Street Fair will be held on Forest Parkway again this year and is taking applications for vendors. 1,500 […]

District Two Partner Promotes Neighborhood Watch

While Neighborhood Watch has been active in Denver for several decades, this program can trace its roots back to the days of colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of Neighborhood Watch was developed in the 1970’s in response to requests from sheriffs and police chiefs who were looking for a […]

Your Health Hub: July 2012

By Stephen Groves We should all be able to get the care we need to stay healthy! Decisions about our health are too important to be left to others. By becoming more informed about the changes being discussed and getting involved in efforts to spread the word about healthcare reform, you can take part in […]

A Wonderful Creekside Park Opens in the East Colfax Neighborhood

By Brian Hyde When master planning began to convert Lowry and Stapleton to their current civilian uses, the restoration of Westerly Creek at both developments and in the neighborhoods of Denver and Aurora in between was shown as a centerpiece of the parks and open space network. By and large, the transformational work that was […]

On the Subject of Alleys

A StreetWise Installment by Jack Farrar This month’s episode of StreetWise focuses on alleys. And we will start out with a call for entries for the fifth annual Park Hill Alley Art Contest. If you or someone you know has installed an intriguing piece of art in their alley, let us know and we will […]

GPHC Creates New Board Position, Announces Oblio’s Tommy Gilhooly GPHC Business Liaison

By Tommy Gilhooly I would like to thank the executive committee for my appointment to the board chair position of business liaison for the GPHC. I have lived in Park Hill for almost 17 years and own Oblio’s Pizzeria at 2216 Grape. The GPHC wanted someone who understands business and the history of the Park […]

Another Success Story from Project Greer Street

Project Greer Street, featured in the June issue, continues to see success stories emerge from its educational enrichment program for African-American males at East High School. Member Anthony Sanford, a junior, was selected for the Pre-College Program at Emory University in Atlanta and the Business and Leadership Program at the Leeds School of Business at […]

GPHC Farmers Market Postponed, Vendors Wanted for 2013

On Saturday, June 2nd, the GPHC kicked off a Farmers Market at 28th and Fairfax in the parking lot of the new Cake Crumbs commissary. Four vendors turned out initially: Aikopops sold popsicles, Allegra’s Pizza sold pizza, Barley Pups sold dog treats, and Royal Crest Dairy sold dairy goods and other beverages. Because, over the […]

Reading Volunteers Needed

Reading Volunteers needed for the academic year of 2012-13 to work with students in grades K-8 who attend the Odyssey School or Venture Prep Middle School. Volunteers read with one or more students once a week. If interested, please contact Julie at 303-589-1336 or

Park Hill-based Project Lumina Offers Experiential Learning Adventures to Girls

A new Park Hill-based nonprofit, focused on increasing self-esteem and leadership skills in girls and women throughout Colorado and the world, kicked off its first experiential learning adventure to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua this June, in partnership with HJH Libraries For All, the Barrio Planta Project and the Oliver Soils Surf School. A June […]


This June, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science was accepted as a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. As an Affiliate, the DMNS will have access to Smithsonian resources, including its 136 million-object collections, scholarships, traveling exhibitions and membership benefits, while also creating the opportunity for collaborations around Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, climate change, the […]


The unique streetscape median planters along MLK Boulevard were constructed in the 1990’s and feature original bronze plaques depicting the profile of Martin Luther King Jr. This spring, two of these planters facing Monaco Parkway were vandalized to the point of near demolition and the bronze plaques incorporated in the planters were stolen. Both the […]


Also on June 19, Denver-based Mercy Housing celebrated the opening of 92 new, affordable units at Bluff Lake Apartments at 10495 E 31st Avenue in Stapleton – half of which are dedicated to families in transition as part of Denver’s Road Home initiative. For more information, visit


Starting June 30, the Denver Animal Shelter expanded its low cost dog and cat vaccination and license clinics to include weekly Saturday clinics from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The shelter will continue to offer Wednesday clinics from 2 to 4:30 p.m. for dogs only. Clinics are held at the DAS at 1241 W. Bayaud Avenue […]

Bustin’ Fat – Time to Move

By Margot Vahrenwald, DVM Park Hill Veterinary Medical Center Last month we opened the touchy topic of overweight pets and why those extra ounces and pounds are more than a cosmetic concern, but rather are a real threat to your pet’s longevity and health. So you’ve committed to helping your pet lose weight. Now what? […]


The registration deadline for the November 6th General Election is October 9th. For more information and to register to vote, visit The deadline to file an initiative petition is August 6th. For the current status of initiatives, visit the Secretary of State’s website at


The three finalists for the Reimagine Play design competition at Denver’s City Park were selected on June 22 and will make public presentations of their concepts at a public event in late July. Chosen from eight candidates through a public and juried selection process, the chosen designs are Aecom’s Reach Up Root Down, CCDS Design […]


Denver Urban Gardens offers free two-hour composting classes through October at the Gove Community Garden at 13th and Colorado. For more information, visit or call 720-865-6810.