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Éirinn Go Brách Irish and honorary Irish Coloradans are invited to celebrate the wearing o’ the green in downtown Denver at the largest St. Paddy’s Day Parade west of the Mississippi. This year St. Patrick’s Day is on Saturday, March 17, meaning the parade falls on the same day Irish descendants around the world celebrate […]

18 Degrees And … Rugby!

The Denver East High Rugby Club started its season with the Denver East Invitational tournament on Saturday Feb. 10, with shortened matches against Northside Rugby Club and Legend High School rugby. East’s A-side overcame 18-degree temperatures and a raging snowstorm to prevail in both games. East’s Rugby Club is a five-time state champion, last winning […]

Going For Gold

Tracey MacDermott, board chair of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., received a Neighborhood Star Award for 2017. Awarded annually by the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation, the gold star honors community leaders who are making a difference in their communities. The 24-member board of GPHC nominated her, and she was honored at an awards dinner on Jan. 31. […]

No Snow, No Olympics

Climate Change A Critical Part Of The Conversation Gov. John Hickenlooper and MayorMichael B. Hancock are seemingly in hot pursuit of bringing the Winter Olympics to Colorado. There is certainly heated debate about this issue, as there was in 1972 when Denver backed out of the 1976 games. Regardless how each of us may feel […]

When Even Simple Things Get Complicated

Hyper-Polarized Politics Continues To Rock Center Stage As the legislature moved into its first full month of activity this session, even the simple things are becoming complicated. As we have discussed previously, the Joint Budget Committee (“JBC”) is the six-member committee of lawmakers who are responsible for drafting the state’s budget for consideration by the […]

Climbing The East Wall

Forget About The Alps. Extreme Skiing Is An Hour From Park Hill Story and Photos By Reid Neureiter Special to the GPHN Many Park Hill skiers regularly visit the groomed runs of the mega-resorts of the Front Range. But they may secretly pine for the heroic terrain seen on the late Warren Miller’s ski films: […]

Talk of the Neighborhood

Compiled by Cara DeGette, Editor, GPHN The following is a synopsis of what was discussed during the Feb. 1 Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. monthly meeting. The next community meeting is Thursday, March. 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. The April meeting will be Thursday, April 5 beginning at 6:30. The meetings […]

Support Democracy: Read This Article

Championing Access, Literacy And The Fourth Estate By Tara Bannon Williamson Park Hill Librarian As I sat and listened at the venerable Denver Press Club on the evening of Feb. 8, I was overwhelmed with gratitude and pride for our community paper. Democracy depends on informed and engaged citizens. This is the first (among many) […]

What Is Your Vision?

March 10 Forum To Explore Future Of The Park Hill Golf Course By Woody Garnsey Special to the GPHN Are you concerned about the open space future of the 155-acre Park Hill Golf Course land? If so, plan to participate in the community informational forum on Saturday, March 10 starting at 1 p.m. at the […]

Help From Our Friends

Many Thanks To Our Generous Neighbors; Here’s What We Need To Keep The Pantry Stocked By Sierra Fleenor Executive Director, GPHC, Inc. It’s hard to believe spring is just around the corner. We’re already starting to plan our Garden in a Box program and other outdoor activities for the spring, summer, and fall. We can’t […]

Make Time For The Nose-To-Tail

Prevention Is The Best Medicine Against Disease Life is a constant juggle and time seems to move really fast – except when you are waiting your turn at the DMV. But somewhere in that fast pace, take time to make time for preventive care for not only yourself, but your pets. The proper definition of […]

Hoops Rivalry

Season Promises Renewed Sparks Between Patriots and Angels Story and photos by Reid Neureiter Special to the GPHN The boys basketball teams of East and George Washington high schools have a long and historic rivalry. Denver East has nine Colorado state basketball titles, the latest coming in 2014 when the Angels were led by two-time […]

Talk of the Neighborhood

Compiled by Cara DeGette, Editor, GPHN The following is a synopsis of what was discussed during the Jan. 4 Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. monthly meeting.  Fairfax Pocket Park Update Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. board member Kevin Wiegand provided an update on progress related to a pocket park for the former Xcel Energy substation […]

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Before renowned urban planner John Prosser died in November, he described his pain at witnessing the decimation of Denver’s tree canopies – the “lungs of our city in the semi-desert ecosystem.” He decried the city’s practice of “clear-cut logging” at Hentzell Park, Globeville Landing Park, City Park Golf Course, and next, at […]

Birdland: A Welcome Sight

Red-winged Blackbirds are one of the earliest birds to migrate back to cold-weather climates in the springtime. Males are a distinctive all-black, with bright red shoulders and yellow wing bars (the Cornell Lab of Ornithology notes they can puff up or hide them “depending on how confident they feel.”) The females are more subdued-looking, with […]

Stepping On The Gas

Transportation, Housing, PERA In Play Under The Dome Here we go again. As the second session of the 71st Colorado General Assembly began on Jan. 10, speculation over what would be among the key issues of the session ended. Typically the speeches of legislative leadership and the Governor highlight the parties’ respective agendas for the […]

The Best Line Of Defense Against Blistering Heat

Keeping Our Cool With Green Roofs And Park Breezes In November, Denver voters passed the Green Roof Initiative by a vote of 54.3 percent to 45.7 percent. The initiative – a citizen led effort – requires that new buildings over 25, 000 sq. ft. dedicate a percentage of their roof to green, vegetative space. The […]

Community Announcements

Fairfax Park Meeting Feb. 22 Denver Parks & Recreation is holding a community meeting on Feb. 22 to discuss plans for the future park on Fairfax Street between 28th and 29th avenues. The proposed park has been considered for the former Xcel substation on the west side of the street, as well as on the […]

The Challenges Ahead

New DPS Board Member Jennifer Bacon On Rating Schools, Teachers, Being Inclusive, Solving Problems In November, Denver voters elected four members to the seven-member Denver Public Schools Board of Education. Two of them – Carrie Olson and Jennifer Bacon – represent districts within the borders of Park Hill and its schools. Last month, we featured […]

Women’s March Denver 2018

Photos by Cara DeGette and Reid Neureiter Crowds estimated at 50,000 up to 150,000 crammed Civic Center Park downtown on Jan. 20 for an encore to last year’s Women’s March on Denver. As they did last year, people of all ages, races and genders gathered in solidarity, capping what has been a tumultuous ride since […]

2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Marade

The crowd was noticeably smaller than in years past. Still, thousands were undaunted by frigid temperatures and icy conditions on Jan. 15, turning out to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been the civil rights leader’s 89th birthday. Participants gathered at the MLK, Jr. statue and I Have A Dream Memorial in […]

Fun In The Summer Sun 2018 – Guide to Park Hill and Nearby Summer Camps

Art Garage | 6100 E 23rd Ave. Monday-Friday camps for children ages 3-12. Plus teen workshops. Ceramics, drawing, painting, collage, mixed-media and more. Go to for details and to register. Art Students League of Denver | 200 Grant St. Ceramics, drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture. Morning and afternoon camps available. Prices vary. 303-778-6990, […]

Warm Up With A Good Book In February

Let The Winter Of Reading Ignite Your Mind By Tara Bannon Williamson Librarian, Park Hill Branch According to the Pew Research Center, at least one out of every four adults who can read didn’t read a book last year. Librarians are always standing by to help someone find a book that fits your mood and […]

23rd and Dexter by Jack Farrar

I met Shabazz recently at Spinelli’s Bakery. Shabazz moved to Denver four months ago from Florida to live with his girlfriend. He likes Park Hill and says it reminds him of Brooklyn, where he grew up. “I like the layout of the neighborhood, the feel.” He’s a private tutor and helps students with reading comprehension, […]

Thanks To Volunteers And Generous Neighbors

They Are The Backbone Of The Work We Do By Sierra Fleenor Executive Director, GPHC 2018 is off to a great start and here at GPHC we are filled with gratitude for everyone who makes our work possible. Thank you to our volunteers who have helped us sort, shelve, and distribute a remarkable amount of […]

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