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GPHC Opposes Land Swap

Board Wants City To Stick To Original Promise Of A Pocket Park At The Old Xcel Substation On Fairfax   By Cara DeGette Editor, GPHC The board of Greater Park Hill Community has voted to oppose a proposed land swap that would hand a developer a parcel of land that was slated to become a […]

Everything Old Is New Again

Mom-Daughters Trio Back On The Pie Beat At Oblio’s By Cara DeGette Editor, GPHN In May, 2016, the Greater Park Hill News published a story recognizing a milestone of one of the neighborhood’s institutions: The 20th year of Oblio’s Pizzeria. Many oldtimers expressed their congratulations, and shared their favorite memories about the pizza joint on […]

A Wild Ride

Big Money Loses In Park Hill School Board Races A Wild Ride Big Money Loses In Park Hill School Board Races More than $1.6 million was spent to elect four directors to the Denver Public Schools Board of Education. The politicization of these unpaid positions brought in big money, some from out of state, along […]

As the Restaurants Turn

A Gastronomical Park Hill Year in Review By Cara DeGette GPHN Editor There’ve been ups and downs, twists and turns, intrigue and expectation, dashed hopes, reclaimed dreams, and, in one case, the threat of boycott. And so marks the end of another year in the restaurant business, Park Hill style. The following is a synopsis […]

50 Years Of Good Eating In The ‘Hood

Food Pantry An Oasis In A Food Desert by Sierra Fleenor GPHC began as Park Hill Action Committee (PHAC) in 1956. In 1969, we united with Northeast Park Hill Civic Association to become what we now call Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. We were founded with the goal of integrating our neighborhood and providing a united […]

Birdland: The Owl In Winter

The Great Horned Owl is the quintessential owl of storybooks. They are large and thick-bodied, with two prominent tufts on their heads. They are nocturnal, though can sometimes be seen early in the morning, or at dusk sitting on tree limbs, flying across open fields, or peering out from their nests. Their call is a […]

Talk of the Neighborhood

Compiled by Cara DeGette, Editor, GPHN The following is a synopsis of what was discussed during the Nov. 2 Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. monthly meeting. The next community meeting is Thursday, Jan. 4, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. The meetings are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. East […]

Prepare For The Ghost Of Politics Future

Election 2017 A Harbinger Of What’s To Come The political season is in full swing. The November elections have just concluded and we are heading towards the start of our January legislative session. And, the 2018 election cycle has officially begun. Without question, the tone for the new session and the upcoming election cycle have […]

What A Colossal Mess

Unexpected Bombshell Drops On Park Hill Golf Course Land By Woody Garnsey Special to the GPHN Denver administrators and representatives from the Clayton Trust dropped a bombshell Nov. 16 when they announced that they are taking their controversial proposed agreement regarding the future of the Park Hill Golf Course land off the table. The Clayton […]

Letter to the Editor: ‘Tis The Season To Shop For Health Insurance

Now’s the time to go shopping – for health insurance coverage. It’s open enrollment season, a time to compare policies and find the coverage that works best for you and your family as the new year approaches. Even if you’re already signed up for health insurance this year, it’s a good time to visit […]

The Clock Is Ticking

Inspiration To Act Swiftly To Help A Globe In Crisis As we come to the end of the year I can’t help but to reflect back and wonder if I have accomplished what I set out to do this year. I feel the rush of the clock ticking, tick tock, and hope that time will […]

Meet The Board of GPHC

New & Returning Board Members Editor’s Note: The Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., is a volunteer-based registered neighborhood organization that promotes the character and vibrancy of Park Hill, provides resources, information and advocacy, and preserves quality of life and the history of the neighborhood. The Greater Park Hill Community board is comprised of volunteer representatives […]

Community Announcements

December At Montview Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church has a host of events happening in December. All are at the church, at 1980 Dahlia St. Here’s the line-up: — The Christmas Mission & Fair Trade Market is Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. […]

East High Boys Fall To Broomfield 1-0

Bittersweet Finale For No. 1 Seeded Angels Story and photos by Reid Neureiter Special to the GPHN On the evening of Nov. 11, Denver East Boys Varsity soccer squad fell one rung short in its effort to climb to the Colorado 5A state title at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. No. 1 seed […]

Resolution Opposing The Fairfax Street Land Swap

Editor’s Note: The following resolution was formally adopted on Nov. 2 by the board of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., with 14 voting in favor, one member opposed, and one abstaining. Whereas Park Hill is a neighborhood that cherishes its livability and its diversity, providing open arms to new neighbors of all races, income levels, […]

At the Library: Holiday Book Trivia

Test Your Christmas Literature IQ By Becky Corning Librarian, Pauline Robinson Branch Library It’s time to test your knowledge of Christmas literature. 1. Who gives Harry a well-intentioned but inappropriate Christmas gift in No Roses for Harry by Gene Zion? 2. Which narrator begins his book by explaining, “If you really want to hear about […]

23rd and Dexter by Jack Farrar

Ed Martens and his dog, Bella, posed for me in front of Cherry Tomato. This was some time ago (note the beautiful morning glories on the trellis). Ed is on the right, with the shorter ears. He is the youngest sibling of my wife, Pam, and one of my favorite brothers-in-law. I asked him what […]

Thanks To You, 326 Thanksgiving Meals Served

By Sierra Fleenor, Executive Director, GPHC We are exhausted here at GPHC. Exhausted, but good exhausted. Exhausted like we just distributed 326 complete Thanksgiving meals to our neighbors, families in need right here in Greater Park Hill. November was a lot of work, but it’s also been an honor to support the Thanksgiving Giveaway program. Our […]

Santa Claws Came Early

Denver Ban On Declawing Great News For Cats   It’s a great time to be a cat in Denver. I am so pleased to see the City and County make a huge statement for the quality of cats’ lives – and for the veterinarians who care for them. On Nov. 13, the Denver City Council […]

DPS Board Candidates Respond To East High Cheerleading Firestorm

Responses Range From Calls For Transparency To Hands Off By Lynn Kalinauskas GPHC Education Chair In an October editorial, the Greater Park Hill News weighed in on the events that led to the retirement of East High School Principal Andy Mendelsberg and the resignation of athletic director Lisa Porter. Their departures followed the cheerleading forced […]


Harold And Claudia Fields On Race, Justice, and Building Bridges The sculpture that was handed to Harold Fields stands discretely on a bookshelf. It’s in the corner of the dining room, in the tidy Park Hill bungalow he shares with his wife, Claudia. It joins several other statuettes, testaments to Harold’s decades-long quest for racial […]

7,000 Hours This Year, And Counting

Highlights Of A Year In The Neighborhood By Sierra Fleenor Executive Director, GPHC Every October, GPHC celebrates our achievements, elects new and returning board leaders, and recognizes our outstanding volunteers at our annual meeting. This year, we met at Park Hill Golf Club on Thursday, Oct. 5, for dinner and great conversation. If you were […]

Birdland: Bold and Sassy

Steller’s Jays are bold, inquisitive, intelligent, and noisy. These jay birds, dark blue with stunning dark crowns, are found in the evergreen forests of Colorado and throughout the mountainous West. They are graceful in flight, swooping through the forest canopy, patrolling the woods. This Steller’s Jay was photographed at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in the north-central […]

City Park Golf Course To Close Nov. 1

Lawsuit To Halt Stormwater Project Fails, Judge Calls Loss Of Trees ‘Materially Detrimental’ by Cara DeGette  A legal challenge to stop the city from proceeding with an extensive drainage project at City Park Golf Course failed in late October, giving the green light to the City of Denver to proceed with plans to redesign the […]

Dialing For DPS Dollars

A Breakdown Of Money Flowing into School Board Races You know the saying. Follow the money. The candidates running for DPS Board of Education filed their first campaign finance reports with the Colorado Secretary of State on Oct. 17. What do they reveal? District 3 – Park Hill South Of Montview Boulevard Carrie Olson, a […]

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