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Earth Day at Sand Creek Regional Greenway

Volunteers from the Cairn Youth Program strike a victory pose at the conclusion of Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership/Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado workday on April 21, where over 100 local youth and their families worked to renovate the SCRG’s Smith Road Trail¬head in northeast Denver. The Earth Day event was one of Denver’s larg¬est, and […]

Go Local Park Hill: Park Hill’s Locally-Grown Website

By Erin Vanderberg, Editor A website to get you in the Park Hill neighborhood know, designed by husband and wife team Greg and Melissa Davis, will celebrate its first anniversary this May. is Greg’s brainchild and Melissa’s labor of love. They do it to give back to the community, to make it easier to […]

Save the Date for the Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair on September 23rd

By Roberta Locke, Park Hill Home Tour Chair Planning for the 34th Annual Park Hill Home Tour is underway! As usual, we are shamelessly pandering for HELP! In addition to the more than 100 people we need to help on Home Tour day, we need some critical people on the home tour planning committee in […]

Ballet in the Park

By Jennifer Grahnquist, The Dancer’s Advantage The Dancer’s Advantage, a ballet studio in Park Hill, certainly has one very unique advantage: its location directly across the street from W. H. Ferguson Park. In addition to providing a great place for mom and little brother to play while big sister is in class, the park offers […]

The Grand Rebrand of the Colorado History Museum

By Erin Vanderberg, Editor Making lemonade from lemons, the Colorado History Museum used the May 2010 demolition of its former headquarters at 13th and Broadway to rebrand and rebuild itself as History Colorado at 1200 Broadway. The 200,000-square-foot, $110.8 million, LEED Gold-certified new building houses a new breed of history museum. “We went into this […]

Only One Dead End in Park Hill Despite Signs to the Contrary

A StreetWise installment by Jack Farrar My wife, Pam, and I like to wander off the beaten path in Park Hill – meandering down alleys and cul-de-sacs and short streets – routes with which most people aren’t familiar simply because they aren’t part of their normal driving routines. We highly recommend taking different routes periodically; […]

2012 Park Hill 4th of July Parade

By Justin Bresler, Parade Founder Get ready for the third annual Park Hill 4th of July Parade! This lively parade has quickly become a neighborhood favorite, marching east on 23rd Avenue from Dexter to Kearney streets on Independence Day. This year’s parade will continue the patriotic fun from the last couple of years, as well […]

FAMILY BY DESIGN: Park Hill resident Debra Toney and her son Tristan create “Three Week Kitchens, Baths in a Week”

By Erin Vanderberg, Editor Debra Toney, who bought in Park Hill ten years ago and finally moved into her fully remodeled Grape Street bungalow in 2010 (which was promptly featured on the 2011 Park Hill Home Tour), considers herself a builder first and foremost. She came from a family of builders and has worked in […]

Denver Parks and Recreation “ReImagines Play” at City Park: A GPHN Q&A with the project’s Senior Landscape Planner Britta Herwig

In early March, Denver Parks & Rec announced a plan to redesign the Dustin Redd playground at City Park. With a $5 million dollar budget, a design competition, and a public process, the department aims to create an iconic new play experience City Park. Britta Herwig, the Senior Landscape Planner assigned to the project, joined […]

Park Hill Garden Walk Date Announced!

By Angelia McLean, Garden Walk Chair Although the ground is brown and white and Mother Nature seems to be fickle this time of year, we all can have faith that, once again, blossoms will flourish, trees will lend shade and the Park Hill Garden Walk will be a memorable event that makes our neighborhood special. […]

Keeping the Lead Out of a Park Hill Renovation

By Tom Higgins, Superior Products Home Improvements We all love Park Hill for its wonderful older homes. The downside of an older home is the possibility of lead paint contamination during renovations. New EPA guidelines about how to handle lead paint in older homes were introduced in April 2010. This changed the costs and processes […]

Local Park Hill Summer Camps

Art Garage | 6100 E 23rd Ave 1-week classes for ages 3-12 from 6/4-8/24 starting at $140. Info: or 303-377-2353. Bike Depot | 2825 Fairfax St 2-week camps for ages 10-14 from 6/4-6/15 & 6/18-6/29 at $400. Info: or 303-393-1963. Cheyenne Fencing | 5818 E Colfax 3-4 day training camps from 6/13-8/11 starting […]

Park Hill Moments: Colorado Fusion Soccer Club

Young soccer players pose in front of a new soccer goal at the Park Hill School on March 23. The goals were made possible through the Soccer for Success grant awarded to the Colorado Fusion Soccer Club this March. From left to right: Henrik Laird, Ronin Gormsley, Spencer Williams, Kristian Laird, Grant Carey, Colston Leonard, […]

Cake Crumbs Whips Up a New Commissary Location

By Erin Vanderberg, Editor The retail location at 5151 E. 28th Avenue has seen many incarnations in the past decade – Chinese and Thai restaurants, a convenience store, a medical marijuana dispensary, a marijuana edibles bakery, and often simple vacancy – a fact not lost on its neighbors, Denon and Sean Moore, owners of the […]

GPHC Food Pantry: April 2012

By Sandra Henderson, Food Pantry Manager Spring is almost here! The Greater Park Hill Community Food Pantry has seen quite a few families in March. Easter Adopt-a-Family Program We’ve had a few applications for the Easter Adopt-a-Family program. Two families, in particular, demonstrate the problems facing many families in our community. The first consists of […]

Your Health Hub: April 2012

By Aron Snyder NEW! be well Healthy Living Centers The be well Health and Wellness Initiative of the Stapleton Foundation, in partnership with the City and County of Denver Parks and Recreation Department, will be opening two be well Healthy Living Centers this summer. The Centers will be located at the Central Park Recreation Center […]

Foreclosure Filings

By Beth McCann, State Representative House District 8 In order to win a case in court, a party must prove through documentation or witnesses that he or she if entitled to win. Not so with respect to foreclosures. In Colorado, banks and lenders do not need to provide clear proof that they are the owners […]


By Dave Hammond, DSA Director of Bands DSA’s jazz combo, RriZoZaz, placed first in a music competition that was held on Sunday, March 18 at the Bluebird Theatre as part of the First Lady of Denver’s “Bringing Back the Arts” initiative. Out of 79 entries, just eight were selected to compete as part of the […]


Community Computer Connection has a grant from the Anschutz Family Foundation that will match donations with an equal amount for every new donation up to a combined $4500. C3 awards laptop computers to eligible high school students that are moving onto higher education. For more information, visit

Park Hill Family Bike Rides

The Park Hill Family Bike Ride schedule is shaping up to be the most robust yet. The rides are organized in conjunction with the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. and the Bike Depot. The rides span a mix of Saturdays and Sundays, May through October. Each 4-mile ride leaves from the Bike Depot at 2825 […]


On March 24th, Tameka Montgomery was honored by the National Council of Negro Women as a 2012 Living Portrait of African American Women at the Central Branch of the Denver Public Library.


Every Wednesday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., a group of 15-20 sixth, seventh and eighth graders participate in an afterschool program at Hiawatha Davis Rec Center at 3334 Holly St. Because of budget cuts and staff reductions, afterschool programing for students is limited. We are looking for volunteers to lead and/or help out with activities […]


By Michele Swenson, Forgotten Felines Rescue Volunteer In early March, volunteers with Forgotten Felines Rescue worked with residents to trap eight cats in feral colonies in Denver alleys. After spaying/neutering, testing and vaccinating all feral cats in a colony, as well as continuing to feed, the goal of Forgotten Felines Rescue is to remove kittens […]

Recycling Survey

By Dr. Jan Buhrmann Over the last two months, a sample of residents of Greater Park Hill have received a survey on recycling, environmental attitudes, and related topics. This survey duplicates a study originally conducted in 1997 by Jan Buhrmann, then a doctoral student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her original dissertation research […]

21st Century Energy Upgrades for 1900s-era Homes

By Casey Staley, REenergizeCO’s Certified Building Science Analyst REenergizeCO INC has been working in Park Hill this past month, performing energy audits and improvements on some of the neighborhoods old housing stock. Accredited by Xcel Energy’s Home Energy Audit program and empowered by Denver Energy Challenge grants, our company is one of many who can […]