What’s going on in Duck Lake?

Cormorant in Duckweed at Duck Lake

Cormorant in Duckweed at Duck Lake

A habitat for Canada geese, cormorants, black-crowned night-herons and snowy egrets, more so than ducks these days, the growth of duckweed gives new meaning to the name, “Duck Lake.” As of late summer this year, duckweed has taken over the entire surface of the lake in City Park.

Is this a problem? What’s your view? 

Read the Denver Post piece on the duckweed phenomenon.

Graylag in Duckweed at Duck Lake

Graylag in Duckweed at Duck Lake

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Denver Zoo Cancels Plans for Biomass Gasification in City Park

The Denver Zoological Foundation will seek partners to complete the development and deployment of the innovative technology behind its planned Waste To Energy technology off site and has cancelled its plans to operate the system at Denver Zoo.   More information related to this change in direction is provided in a press release from the Denver Zoo.

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CPA Supports Restoration of the Sullivan Gateway

City Park Alliance submitted a letter to the Colorado Historical Fund on September 18, 2015, to support the City of Denver’s grant application for the restoration of the Sullivan Gateway. The Sullivan Gateway, which spans the width of the City Park Esplanade adjacent to East High School, is in desperate need of repair to discourage further vandalism and degradation. Repair and replacement of terra cotta tiles during this proposed restoration will help protect the structures for future generations.

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City Park Ice Cream Social – May 29th 6-pm

Friday, May 29th – 6:00-9:00pm – City Park Pavilion and Bandshell

CountyFairatCityParkCome join City Council District 8 and the City Park Alliance in celebrating the historical gem that is Denver’s City Park. The 2015 City Park Ice Cream Social, sponsored in part by The Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Boulder Ice Cream, features free ice cream, face painting, entertainers, and a concert with the Denver Municipal Band.  Come help us carry on a century’s old tradition of municipal band concerts at Ferril Lake at this family-friendly event.

* Dress in historical costume and you may be awarded a random prize.

For more information, visit cityparkalliance.org/icecreamsocial

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Story Time Returns for 2015

Linda Osmundson reads How The West Was Drawn.The Tattered Cover Book Store and City Park Alliance are teaming up with Colorado Fresh Markets and The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for four Sundays this summer for a Story Time reading in the park.  This year’s dates are June 14 & 28 and July 12 & 26.  Books are read to the young readers, signed by the authors, and then given to a lucky kiddo. Bring your own blanket and enjoy this great event at one of Denver’s best Farmers’ Markets.  For more information, visit the Story Time in the Park web page.

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Earth Day in City Park: Volunteers Got it Done

Denver Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the City Park Alliance and Starbucks, worked on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, restoring the Mile High Loop trail.

16624021573_211156571f_zCity Park Alliance provided the trail surface material and marked the portions of the trail most in need of repair.


Denver Parks and Recreation organized the day, provided equipment and supervised the work.


And Starbucks…


…provided over 400 volunteers!


The following organizations provided additional volunteers:

  • Buckley Air Force Base
  • University of Denver, Delta Lota chapter of Sigma Chi
  • Click Fox
  • Peak Beverage
  • U.S. Department of Justice

In addition to resurfacing the Mile High Loop trail, volunteers

  • Stained and added fibar to the Dustin Redd playground
  • Painted dumpsters, trash barrels, tables, and curbs
  • Assembled fishing rods
  • Made improvements at the greenhouse, rock garden, and mulch area behind the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
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Denver Zoo Master Plan Approved By City Council

City Council approved the Denver Zoo Master Plan 12-1 on April 20.  Attached is a copy of the plan that was approved.  Did this meet the appropriate public notification requirements?  Did the master plan address public concern?  Leave a comment and let us know what you think…


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