Last Tuesday was a lovely morning for a softball game -- sunny, with no clouds on the horizon. Not in the sky, and not involving the status of Sonny Lawson Field, where the Homeless Diamond was about to begin its fourth season. It was a much more auspicious start to developer/do-gooder/baseball fan ... More >>
Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown's newsletter will be a little late today. That's because when the Mayor's office learned that Brown was about to break the news that the city had decided against a temporary alcohol ban in Washington Park, located in Brown's district, the city moved up a planned ... More >>
Should 3.2 beer be banned in Washington Park? Two weeks ago, Denver City Councilman Chris Nevitt suggested the city try banning beer in Wash Park for six months in order to combat drunken behavior; he sent that request to Laurie Dannemiller, director of the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation. ... More >>
Washington Park is the focus of a major brewhaha right now. Last week Denver City Councilman Chris Nevitt, who represents the area, sent a letter to the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation asking for a six-month alcohol ban at the park due to abuse and "bad behavior." The only alcohol actually ... More >>
Over a hundred residents of Washington Park and beyond made their way to the Denver Baha'i Center last night to debate whether or not the park should put a temporary ban on alcoholic beverages -- specifically 3.2 beer, the only liquor allowed there. The crowd seemed evenly divided, with half of tho ... More >>
Eight years ago, after a $300,000 renovation job that installed low-maintenance plants, easily hosed-off pavement and benches where you could sit, not sleep, the city dedicated Edward J. "Eddie" Maestas Park at the corner of Broadway, Lawrence and Larimer streets, renaming Triangle Park after a long ... More >>
Though Mayor Michael Hancock has come under fire for some of his Denver Department of Parks and Recreation initiatives, including the now-canceled City Loop project in City Park, the mayor's office is celebrating an important parks-and-rec-related victory this week: More than 42,000 school-age child ... More >>
Our December 19 cover story, "In Mayor Hancock's World-Class City, Everyone Matters -- Except Park Lovers" -- focused on three hot issues at the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation: the CityWide program, that fields recreational sports leagues, some of which compete for both people and space w ... More >>
I have been boxing at the 20th Street Recreation Center -- Denver's oldest public recreational facility -- for more than four years. And while the boxing fitness class is a relatively new addition, 20th Street has also been home to a legendary competitive boxing program for over seventy years, one t ... More >>
Colorado: the eighth healthiest state in the nation -- and gunning for number one. Home to Denver, a town that's been nationally recognized for its low obesity rates, high level of physical activity, bird-like flocks of young people and, now, attention-grabbing headlines about the city's purported d ... More >>
Lauri Dannemiller.Want a workout? You don't need to go to one of Denver's many parks, or even to a for-profit gym. You can just go to the next meeting of Denver City Council's Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Yesterday, the committee took public comments on a proposal to charge f ... More >>
"No exercise groups of any size permitted in this area." Those signs started popping up around Denver parks this year, discouraging groups of early-morning runners and mid-morning mommies pushing strollers in syncopated workouts. The city's crack-down on organized exercise seems so ludicrous that it ... More >>
After weeks of delays, the third season of the Homeless Diamond is about to start on Sonny Lawson Field, the newly restored park at the edge of Five Points. This has been a ballfield for decades -- since long before Jack Kerouac watched a game here in 1949, which he commemorated in On the Road. But ... More >>
Sure, Colorado is landlocked -- but that doesn't mean you have to spend your summer high and dry in the sweltering, 90-plus degree heat. We don't have an ocean, but there are rivers, reservoirs, pools, water parks and many more places where you can immerse yourself this summer. So dig out that Spee ... More >>
The Better Block Project comes to Five Points tomorrow, when it will focus on sprucing up the block of Welton Street that's home to the legendary Sonny Lawson Park -- and its ballfield. Neighborhood groups have been meeting for over a year to discuss what to do with this parcel of land; at one of th ... More >>
The Trestle Bike Skills Park at Barnum Park will host a grand reopening tomorrow, March 30, with riders of all levels invited to come out and get some air on its expertly designed jumps and berms. Though the park is always free, the day's festivities include the added bonus of tips from pros on how ... More >>
The city once thought it had the solution to Triangle Park -- unofficially known as the Bumuda Triangle because of all the homeless who gathered there during the day, when the nearby shelters were closed. But five years and more than $300,000 later, Denver admitted its plan hadn't worked and went ba ... More >>
Decades of this city's history gathered last night in the stunning Gates Reading Room at the Denver Public Library to honor historian Tom Noel, aka Dr. Colorado, who received this year's Eleanor Gehres Award. And the fact that Noel had served on the Eleanor Gehres Award Committee for 2011 was ... More >>
CBS4The city has removed the porta-potties from Sunken Gardens Park -- but the smelly temporary toilets weren't the reason that neighbors were raising a stink. Over the last month, there's been an influx of heroin dealers in the area.
Parks rangers with Boulder County have shut down an illegal mountain bike trail built down a steep face on the north side of Flagstaff Mountain, after someone now identified as professional mountain biker Mike West was cited for using it. Luckily, extreme mountain bikers will soon have a new ... More >>
Christmas is over, but the holiday show is still up at the Denver City & County Building. This season's run will end sooner than usual, with the steps cleared of the Nativity and Santa's horrific hoedown on January 15 to make way for the Big Air show coming to Civic Center Park January 25-26. ... More >>
Punxsutawney Phil saw his own shadow this morning, thereby forecasting six more weeks of winter -- and that's appropriate. There are shadows lurking everywhere, threatening whatever bright spots try to break out of the gloom. Tom Daschle -- who was hailed as the person who might be able to untangle ... More >>
Denver is famous for its city parks, but many locals – not to mention out-of-towners – don’t realize that this city also has 25 mountain parks totaling 14,000 acres. Red Rocks is one of them. So is Winter Park, and the Mount Evans area, and Lookout Mountain Park (home to the Buffalo Bill Grav ... More >>
The bloom is on this putrid pond.
It's not easy being green, especially for the trees on the Auraria Parkway, which are being replanted — again.
Letters from the week of 10/25/2007
The park at the heart of Denver remains the center of controversy.
We laughed until it hurt in 2005.
The Goosetown revives a piece of the past.
Despite the drought, CHUN's fest will be as big as ever
Cheesman neighbors worry that their park is going to the dogs.
From the week of August 29, 2002
Park like an eagle.
July 22 - 18, 1999
April 30 - May 6, 1998