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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 […]

Under The Gum

Getting To The Root Of The Matter During Dental Health Month Think of teeth like an iceberg. What is visible is only a part of the structure; the rest is below the gumline. But like an iceberg, there can be big things happening out of sight and that can lead to pain, infection and loss […]

Park Hill Character: Matriarch Of Elm Street

Ophelia Mejia: Educator, Innovator, Mom By Jack Farrar The gene pool of Ophelia Mejia, who has lived in Park Hill for 56 years, runs wide and deep. She is one of 11 siblings (six of whom are still alive). She bore 13 children. Most of her children went to Blessed Sacrament in Park Hill; all […]

GPHN Exclusive: 7 Questions For Melissa Hart

Colorado’s Newest Supreme On Law, Liberty And The Movies By Cara DeGette Editor, GPHN The second time was the charm for Melissa Hart, a Park Hill resident, East High grad, and Colorado’s newest Supreme Court Justice. In December, Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Hart to the high court. Hickenlooper, who also calls Park Hill home, picked […]

2018: The Year To Engage

As we head into 2018 I hope each of you have had time over the last year to spend with loved ones. That you started a new hobby, accomplished your goals – and stepped out into our beautiful state and this spectacular neighborhood. Here at Greater Park Hill Community we accomplished so many things in […]

Birdland: Bird Of Peace

Throughout history and among many cultures, doves have symbolized love, gentleness of spirit, and loyalty. Doves became a symbol for peace activists after World War II, popularized by the artist Pablo Picasso. Doves belong to the Columbidae family, which also includes pigeons. They mate for life and are excellent navigators, making them capable of delivering […]

Setting The Stage For Dysfunction

Upcoming Legislative Session Likely To Be A Wild Ride The legislative session begins Jan. 10 and the stage has been set with a range of recent, surreal political events. I cannot recall the beginning of a session more defined by the upheaval and dissonance in the system and society at large. The venomous and dysfunctional […]

Opinion: Efforts Underway For Equity In Education

Strengthening Neighborhood Event Is Jan. 27 By Laura Lefkowits Special to the GPHN Over the past six months, I have served on the Denver Public Schools’ “Strengthening Neighborhoods Initiative.” As I wrote in these pages in August, the initiative established a citywide committee charged with making recommendations to the board that will “drive greater socio-economic […]

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