City Park Ice Cream Social, June 1

Denver Municipal Band

Denver Municipal Band

The City Park Ice Cream Social will be on June 1 from 6-9pm.

Come join the City Park Alliance and District 9 City Councilman Albus Brooks at the City Park Pavilion for free ice cream, free face painting, entertainers, and a concert with the Denver Municipal Band.

We’d like to thank our 2017 sponsors: Platinum Sponsor: HM Capital (Developer of Park Hill Commons), Ice Cream Sponsor: Sweet Cooie’s Ice Cream, Gold Sponsor: the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Gold Sponsor: the Denver Zoo.

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City Park Alliance Produces Results!

17218264156_cd3e25e960_zAll donations to City Park Alliance are used directly toward projects in City Park, and every effort is made to leverage your donations with other partners to maximize the impact of your contribution. In fact, donations to City Park Alliance since 2012 have been used to support over $300,000 in park projects since 2012.

Visit our Projects Page to learn more about what the City Park Alliance is doing to support City Park, and your tax deductible donations can be provided online or via mail.

 

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City Park 2017 Summer Events

ColfaxMarathon.pngThe summer of 2017 brings a number of exciting events to City Park.  Events in the summer of 2017 are highlighted by 10 weeks of City Park Jazz concerts, the newly reformatted Colorado Classic Bike Race, the Colfax Marathon, several museum and zoo free days sponsored by the SCFD, and of course, the City Park Ice Cream Social.  While it’s unfortunate to see some of the more popular events like National Get Outdoors Day and the Tour de Fat move on to different venues, there is still plenty to get excited about this summer in City Park.

Events in City Park are available on the Office of Special Events Calendar, but we took the time to extract the events in City Park and post them on the City Park Alliance web site:

 City Park 2017 Events Calendar

 

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Master Plan Meeting, May 30

The 2001 City Park Master Plan is being updated.  The 2017 master plan update initiative will:

  • Consider recently completed studies to help assess current community needs;
  • Gather community input to help establish updated plan recommendations; and
  • Develop design guidelines to retain the park’s historic character while meeting the community’s needs.

Please join Denver Parks & Recreation and Historic Denver at the City Park Pavilion to learn about the master plan update.

WHERE: City Park Pavilion, 1700 N. York Street, Denver CO 80206
WHEN: Tuesday, May 30 @5:00pm – 7:00pm

For more information, visit the Denver Parks and Recreation City Park Master Plan web site.

The City Park Alliance provided financial support and is participating in the planning workgroup to create Design Guidelines for City Park and update the City Park Master Plan.  City Park Alliance provided letters of support for grants and raised $7,300 to provide the community match for the planning contract.

 

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City Park Tours in April

Doors Open Denver 2017 is sponsoring tours of City Park on Saturday, April 29 (10:30 am) and Sunday, April 30 (1:00 pm). City Park enthusiasts, Patricia Paul, Barbara Wright and Georgia Garnsey will lead the tour, “City Park, Crown Jewel of the Queen City” for the third year. Tour participants will stroll though City Park’s green expanses and past its lovely gardens, fountains and statues for 60-90 minutes. We’ll explore City Park’s history and also its intrinsic beauty, sculpted by the vision of Denver’s pioneer founders and leading designers. Historic photos will be passed around.

To register and see all the other great tours being offered in 2017, go to www.doorsopendenver.com Tickets are $10 each. Pre-registration is required.

 

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Neil Cassady – A Literary Hide & Seek

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Neal Cassady (left) and Jack Kerouac

City Park already features important literary elements with the Shakespeare Elm and a statue of Scottish poet Robert Burns. The City Park Neighborhood Advisory Committee (CPNAC) would like to enhance the literary elements in the park by adding a tribute to Denver’s own Neal Cassady.

Cassady attended East High School where he met Hal Chase who introduced him to Jack Kerouac and other writers associated with the Beat Movement. Cassady became a muse for Kerouac, who attributed his writing style made famous in his Novel, On The Road, to a letter received from Cassady. Kerouac called this letter, now known as the Joan Anderson Letter, “the greatest piece of writing [he] ever saw, better’n anybody in America…” Cassady’s writing inspired Kerouac’s style, and his outsized personality inspired some of Kerouac’s characters, like the thinly disguised Dean Moriarty from On the Road. 

The Project

The City Park Neighborhood Advisory Committee received a grant from the City of Denver as part of the P.S. You Are Here grant program, to celebrate Neal Cassady through a temporary art project in City Park. The City Park Alliance has agreed to support this effort as a non-profit fiduciary agent from which the grant funds can be managed. The Neal Cassady tribute is designed to bring people to the park to celebrate his influence and further enhance the literary elements in the park with a vision of eventually bringing a long-term tribute to Cassady into City Park and/or the East High School Esplanade.

The project will use Rainworks paint, a paint which is visible only when it is wet, to showcase excerpts of Neal Cassady’s work onto the sidewalks of City Park. Clues will be provided on social media as to the location and content of these paintings, and people will be encouraged to bring water bottles or use existing water sources to uncover Cassady’s musings. CPNAC recognizes that City Park often functions too much as an event space; a place where people drive to an event, then leave shortly thereafter. In addition to enhancing the existing literary elements in the park and celebrating the influence of East High School graduate, Neal Cassady, this project will improve “placemaking” in the park by providing a unique experience that encourages people to linger and explore City Park.

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Let’s Help Raise the Roof!

Let’s help raise funds to support additional amenities at the Carla Madison Recreation Center.

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Rendering of the Carla Madison Recreation Center now under construction.

Help Raise The Roof is the community-driven campaign to help raise funds to complete the full build-out of the Carla Madison Recreation Center.  The new recreation center will be a 60,000 square foot, LEED Gold Certified facility. Denver Parks and Recreation has been working to find creative ways to finance additional amenities at the new recreation center. The original funding will provide amenities which include an 8 lane lap pool, a leisure pool, multipurpose room, gym and exercise rooms, and a dog park.  Recent funding efforts have allowed for the addition of a rooftop space which can serve as both an additional workout area and flexible event space.

Additional funds provided through the “Help Raise the Roof” effort will provide additional outdoor public use amenities including table tennis, slacklines, picnic tables, game tables, and an exterior climbing wall. Donor names will be placed on shared collective recognition panels and individual recognition panels of commensurate size will be provided with naming rights available for major donors.

City Park Alliance has been involved in the community planning efforts for this recreation center and the attention to detail, fiscal creativity, and innovation provided in this collaborative planning effort have been nothing short of spectacular.

Central Denver deserves a world class recreation center. We’re close to the finish line and on the way to something truly special.  It’s time for us to Help Raise the Roof!

For more information and to make your donation, visit: http://helpraisetheroof.org/

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