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Appellate Court Sides with Perk Hill

By Erin Vanderberg, Editor April 26th was a day of celebration for Darren Spreeuw, owner of the former Perk Hill Coffee House on 22nd and Kearney. After a prolonged legal battle with his former landlords, Tina Pappas and Eric Alstad of Pappas-Alstad Partnership who own the retail strip from Grape Expectations to Oblio’s Pizzeria, the […]

Mr. Peabody’s WABAC Machine and Creeks in Park Hill

By Brian Hyde Imagine that you are invited by everybody’s favorite dog, Mr. Peabody from Rocky and Bullwinkle, and his boy Sherman, to join them on the WABAC machine. Imagine that the destination is your Denver neighborhood, but the year is 1850. There are no European/North American urban features. Your surroundings are pretty much as […]

Fat Pets in Skinny States

By Margot K. Vahrenwald, DVM, Owner, Park Hill Veterinary Medical Center Did you see that really embarrassing news story a few weeks ago? That the skinniest states, including Colorado, have some of the fattest pets! While we are lucky and mostly healthier to live in the Mile High City, it looks like we are doing […]

GPHC Letter to DPS

The Board of the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., often writes letters of support or concern on issues facing the community. Recently, community frustration with the Denver Public Schools Greater Park Hill/Stapleton Community Committee meetings hosted by their Office of Community Engagement prompted the following letter. For more information on DPS’ Community Committee meetings, visit […]

Cake Crumbs Earns Certifiably Green Denver Certification

Cake Crumbs was one of 16 Denver businesses to achieve certification through the City’s Certifiably Green Denver program since Earth Day 2011. The program provides free, neutral environmental certification and recognition for restaurants, auto repair facilities and retail/office businesses. For more information, visit

It Takes a Village – by the Smiley PTA

It’s an expression with which we’re all familiar, and one that epitomizes the Park Hill community! The “takes a village” concept is a fundamental belief at Smiley Middle School as well. Smiley is working on the finishing touches of getting the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years accreditation and one aspect of this IB Middle Years […]

McBride Bird

Jim McBride has had a new regular at his backyard birdbath at 17th and Forest. He believes the bird to be an immature Sharp-shinned Hawk. A birdwatcher for the past 40 years, Jim has kept a close eye on a family of hawks in the neighborhood, mainly nesting on 17th Avenue near Glencoe.

Forest for the Trees

The Park People are offering Community Forester Workshops from June through October in the areas of tree basics, pruning, identification and inventory, planting and health, and volunteer management. The registration deadline is June 28th for the first mandatory class, Tree 101, taking place Saturday June 30. To register or for more information, visit or […]

City Park Golf Course Marks 100 Years

City Park Golf Course has for 100 years served as the great golf melting pot for Denver, welcoming all members of the community. It is not uncommon on any day at City Park Golf Course to find a foursome teeing it off for the first time ever playing behind a group who has had a […]

Feast on the ‘Fax

The seventh annual Feast on the ‘Fax offers a global food tour of East Colfax restaurants on Tuesday, June 12. Participating restaurants include the Abyssinia Ethiopian Café, the Cork House Broker Restaurant, the Denver Pie Truck, Empanada Express Grill, GB Fish & Chips, Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar, Phoenician Kebab, Pisco Sour and Senor Pepes. […]

Food and Beverage Cartons Added to the Denver Recycles Program

Denver households can now recycle all empty food and beverage cartons in their purple Denver Recycles cart. Products commonly packaged in cartons include: milk, juice, cream, egg whites, soup, protein drinks, wine, tofu, ice cream and frozen yogurt. For more information, visit

A Piece of the Peace

Center of Light will hold its annual Inner Peace Festival at Central Park on Saturday, June 30 from 9a-1p. The free, outdoor festival features all-ages activities, cultural performances and, from noon-1p, a human peace symbol formation. According to Rev. Isabelle Stone, the festival celebrates the center’s commitment to being the change we want to see […]

Leash Law Enforcement Ramped Up

Denver’s Animal Care & Control, Parks and Recreation and Denver Police will increase park patrols and enforcement of off-leash violations beginning June 1 in city parks, and encourage dog owners to use the 10 dog parks for off-leash activities. The fine for having an off-leash dog is $80 for the first offense, $150 for the […]

Following the Flute

For the first time, The Harrison Studios at 11th and Jasmine will offer summer music lessons in classical flute, traditional flute, tin whistle and classical piano. In addition to their free preliminary lesson, summer students will receive an additional free lesson. For more information, visit or call 303-618-0717.

Up on the Roof

The Denver Film Society will hold three rooftop parties over the course of the summer featuring free entertainment and a great view. The Raise the Roof celebrations are scheduled for three Thursdays – June 14, July 12 and August 9 – from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Lowenstein CulturePlex at 2510 E. Colfax. The […]

Airport City Concept Unveiled

Mayor Michael Hancock unveiled Denver’s Airport City concept at the Airport Cities World Conference and Exhibition in Denver this April. The concept involves developing 9000 acres of the airport’s 52 square mile holding into transit-oriented, community gathering places. DIA and hundreds of stakeholders have been involved in developing the plan over the past several years. […]

Be Well Healthy Living Centers

On June 4, Central Park and Hiawatha Davis Recreation Centers will become the sites of the new be well Healthy Living Centers. The centers will provide healthy living resources free of charge and no recreation center membership is required. Resources include: free workout and nutrition programs, health screenings, health program enrollment assistance, grocery store shopping […]

Denver Water Declares Stage 1 Drought

At its April 25 Board Meeting, the Denver Water Board of Commissioners declared a Stage 1 drought in recognition of current watershed conditions. A Stage 1 drought involves voluntary measures to reduce water use, for example: watering only two days a week, and using a day of rain to skip watering; only watering dry areas; […]

City of Axum Park Usage Up 500% Since October 2010 Renovations

The Center for Research Strategies released a report this May showing that renovations made to Northeast Park Hill’s City of Axum Park, located on MLK Boulevard between Birch and Cherry streets, caused a 500 percent increase in the park’s usage since October 2010. The park was identified as an underutilized community resource in 2007 by […]

City Council Redistricting Finalized

City Council finalized new district boundaries per the new 2010 census data, which represented the largest shift in population Denver has seen in recent history. South, North and Northeast Park Hill are drawn together in District 8, along with Stapleton and half of Montbello, currently represented by Councilman Albus Brooks. For more information on Denver […]

Old Clothes, New Mission

The Park Hill United Methodist Church has joined in a community partnership with Recycle That, LLC. Two bins now live in the PHUMC parking lot at Montview and Glencoe, which accept clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, towels, books and CDs/DVDs at any hour. In addition, the church’s Youth Group will hold their annual Garage Sale on […]

Reimagine Play Design Proposals on Display

Denver Parks and Recreation is putting eight design proposals for their Reimagine Play project at the City Park Playground on display at various locations through June 7 for public comment. For more information, visit

The Beneficent Tony Uva of Allegra’s Pizza

By Erin Vanderberg, Editor If there were a Mayor of the Oneida shopping district, it would be Tony Uva. Sit with the man for 30 minutes, and you’ll observe that he knows just about every single person coming in to order his thin-crust Neapolitan pizza. Being on the first-name basis with his customers is just […]


By Lucy O’Shaughnessy, Blessed Sacrament’s Director of Development & Communications I wonder if any of you have ever lived in a parish when it was starting from scratch. If so, you can appreciate some of our difficulties. There were no millionaires, nor people of great affluence amongst us, we were only a handful of ordinary […]

Park Hill Home Tour and Street Fair

By Roberta Locke, GPHC Home Tour Chair The Park Hill Home Tour is only five months away and work has begun to bring another fabulous home tour and exciting street fair to our beautiful and vibrant neighborhood. At our March planning meeting, we identified the critical areas we need to fill with committed, fun-loving and […]