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Blooming Efflorescence – Nothing You Will Want to Grow!

By Elizabeth Jeanne Wheeler One summer, I noticed a white powdery substance on the landing to my basement stairs. It was frustrating because soon after I swept it up, more would be there. I had no idea where this baking-soda-looking substance was coming from. I looked at the wall immediately above the landing, thinking the […]


By Heather Leitch, GPHC Executive Director The first annual Bones ‘N’ Beats Community BYO-BBQ took place on Sunday, May 26th over Memorial Day weekend on the 2800 block of Fairfax. The event combined a community cookout with live music by Chris Daniels and the Kings, food vendors, festival games, celebrity BBQ judging and prizes. A […]

City Park Jazz: A Founding Member’s Retrospective

By Erin Vanderberg, Editor 26 years ago, an organization of concerned citizens, the City Park Neighbors, got together to advocate for the preservation of City Park’s green spaces. At the time, the primary concerns were expansions at the Denver Museum of Natural History and the Denver Zoo. It was the mid-1980s, and the park wasn’t […]

Legislative Wrap-Up by Rep. Beth McCann, Colorado House District 8

The regular session ended in drama, acrimony and disappointment when political maneuvering denied the Civil Unions bill, and 30 other bills, a vote on the House floor. The Governor called a three-day special session to try and undo some of the damage. It was disappointing to see the Civil Unions bill die in committee on […]

Park Hill Moments: Daddy Daughter Dance

On Saturday evening, May 12, a group of Park Hill parents, pictured above/below/right with princesses from the “Wands and Wishes” cast, Jason and Meredith Malec, left, Tommy and Nicole Gilhooly, Brooke Talbot and Chrysan McCoin, launched Denver’s first annual Daddy Daughter Dance, which took place at the Park Hill United Methodist Church. For more information, […]

A Successful Garden Transformation at the GPHC Office

Despite the cool weather and the threat of rain, volunteers spent all day Saturday, May 12, transforming the neglected patio area behind the Greater Park Hill Community office into a thriving vegetable garden. With a little TLC and the right amount of water, the garden will produce a bounty of vegetables for the GPHC Food […]

Celebration of Families-Students Inc. Hosts Unforgettable Spring Event

On April 21, the 13th Annual Spring Celebration of Families-Students Inc., held at the New Hope Baptist Church, honored families, students and other members of the organization. The 2012 Honored Diverse Families plaque was given to 52 families for their community service efforts. Student participants in the annual Student Art and Writing Contest received certificates […]

FOOD BANK HEROES: Denver School of the Arts Student Runs Schoolwide Food Drive Upon Return from Kenya

This month, the Greater Park Hill Community Food Bank gives thanks to two incredible groups who donated 500 pounds of food and $2,000, respectively: Katie Solko and the East High School National Honor Society and Rose & the third grade class at Westerly Creek Elementary School. Katie Solko traveled to Kenya this past summer with […]

Project Greer Street

More than a mentorship, a paradigm shift for young black men at East High School By Erin Vanderberg, Editor The genesis for Project Greer Street, a four-year, after-school curriculum for a select group of African-American males at East High School, developed when husband and wife Ronald and Yvette Sally started looking at a variety of […]

May’s Gun Violence on Fairfax Led to Three Arrests, Heightened Patrols

On May 22, a woman attempting to break up an armed scuffle outside the Fairfax Market at 2835 Fairfax was shot in the arm around 7 p.m. The Denver Police Department Gang Bureau, assisted by Detective Alan Breneman, handled the case with the support of District Two personnel. Three young men were arrested on charges […]

What’s With Those Odd Lots?

A StreetWise Installment by Jack Farrar Many in Park Hill are curious about various vacant or partially-vacant lots that you find in the neighborhood. What is their history? Who owns them? Can they be developed, and under what restrictions? According to the book Denver’s Park Hill Neighborhood, written by Rebecca Dorward as part of Arcadia’s […]

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.

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