Denver Parks Department

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Bumuda Triangle: Filling a black hole in the Ballpark neighborhood

    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 >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Washington Park alcohol ban pushed to address "belligerent drunken behavior"

    Washington Park is without question one of Denver's favorite parks. But is this status endangered by the bad behavior associated with alcohol? That's among the assertions made in a letter by Denver City Councilman Chris Nevitt, who's calling for a ban on alcohol in the park. Continue for more info ... More >>

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    July 9, 2012

    Commons Park assaults prompt city to improve lighting in the area

    After reports of increased crime in Commons Park, the Denver City Council and Denver Department of Parks and Recreation are funneling money into this popular neighborhood northwest of starting with $150,000 for lighting improvements to "address critical safety needs in Commons Park."

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    May 11, 2012

    Ten things to do for $10 this weekend, May 11-13, 2012

    Going out doesn't have to mean going for broke -- seriously. This week there are plenty of inexpensive entertainment options, from karaoke on the 16th Street Mall to a food-themed photography show to a Mother's Day concert. Celebrate art, see a silent movie in the park, and get out there without spe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Solar for a Small Planet will shine at the Ricketson Auditorium tonight

    The sun may not break through all the smoke in the air from the Jefferson County wildfires today, but "Solar for a Small Planet," a free program at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science tonight, will shine a light on how solar helps power low-income communities around the world.

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    February 14, 2012

    Michael Hancock issues the Better Buildings Denver energy challenge

    Mayor Michael Hancock is challenging Denver's building owners to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent by the year 2020. Yesterday, Hancock and representatives from several local agencies announced "Better Buildings Denver," a program that aligns with President Barack Obama's national "Better Bui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Betsy Long pleads guilty in wrong-way crash, when her blood-alcohol level was .252

    9News​A short time ago, 9News reports, Betsy Long, who was accused of causing a July crash that killed Mary Warren, a young CSU grad bound for the Peace Corps, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident and DUI. Regarding the last charge, Long re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    The Brown Palace is buzzing over honey bees

    "Bees like redheads." That was Matt Kentner's attempt to reassure me that the continent of flying insects communing above my head wasn't going to sting me to death, a legitimate concern for someone who's allergic to bees. But just in case you're ready to grab the phone and order flowers for my fu ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010
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    July 7, 2010

    Betsy Long: Alleged wrong-way drunk driver is green-biz entrepreneur

    Betsy Long.​Elizabeth "Betsy" Long is accused of drunkenly driving the wrong way on I-25 and causing a crash that killed Mary Warren, a young CSU grad bound for the Peace Corps. It's a far cry from the portrait of Long presented by, a site designed to promote environmental ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Community vegetable gardens will take root in local parks next week

    Photo courtesy Go Local ColoradoLast year's garden in Civic Center Park.​The popularity and success of last year's community garden in Civic Center Park (check it out -- it even garnered a Westword Best of award) led the non-profit "Go Local Colorado" to think even bigger. This year, the grou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Denver's Most Dogged: Kenny Be knows dog-lovers and what they want

    ​In this week's Westword, Kenny Be draws "Denver's Most Dogged" -- a breakdown of the city's rabid dog-lovers. After dividing the dog-lovers into six types -- from Petrosexuals to Dogvocates -- he outlines their every desire. Click through to see where you and your dog fit in ...

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Composting in Denver: Good news for all those who collect orange rinds and bread crusts

    ​It was a sad day for urban dirt farmers when it was announced several months ago that Denver would be shutting down its pilot compost collection program because of the budget crunch. The test program, in which 3,300 Denver homes had their food scraps and other organic waste regularly collect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Everbody must get zoned: Kenny Be looks at Denver's new zoning rules

    click image to enlarge​ The new zoning code is now online and awaits your review. With building restrictions across the city that are all new! The revamped code guarantees that you won't suffer alone, because everybody must get zoned. The new context-based zoning code completely transforms t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    John Hickenlooper's letter to city employees: It's (sort of) business as usual

    Photo by Jonathan Shikes"I've got a lot of running to do. Anybody have a can of Red Bull?"​How will John Hickenlooper be able to serve as mayor of Denver even as he campaigns for governor? In a letter sent to city employees earlier today, Hick doesn't say -- but he does emphasize that it has n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: The week ahead, from calf-ropin' to budget-bustin'

    Governor Bill Ritter was at the last day of the National Western Stock Show, taking in the rodeo with his family (Ritter was one of twelve kids, all raised on a farm in eastern Aurora) -- and enjoying a few light moments before the hard work of the week ahead. When a steer broke free of his handlers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Reuse your bags!

    Mayor John Hickenlooper yesterday announced a Greenprint Denver initiative to promote reusable bags at various city agencies and businesses. The Denver Public Library, for example, is eliminating the use of plastic bags at all of the branches. And such companies as  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2008

    Idle Thoughts about Denver International Airport

    The City of Denver just loves to stare at itself in the mirror and marvel at how green it has become. “Mirror, mirror on the wall: Who’s the greenest of them all?” it asks, while turning around to see how its ass looks in these new post-consumer-material jeans. No matter that it’s not wearin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2008

    Greener Pastures

    Earthworks Expo demystifies the eco-revolution.

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    April 17, 2008
  • News

    November 15, 2007

    Getting Denver Ready for the DNC

    Denver needs to raise a total of $55 million before the DNC hits town next August. And then there are the real challenges...

  • News

    May 17, 2007

    Auraria Campus Goes Green

    Students get solar-powered.

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2007

    Green Achers: A Recyled Job

    You, too, could be the subject of a Kenny Be cartoon! His May 3 Worst-Case Scenario, "Greenprint Your Office in Six Easy Steps," follows Greenprint Denver director Beth Conover as she introduces such useful -- and fictitious -- creations as the combo office chair/composting toilet.

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    January 11, 2007

    A Civic Mess -- And It's Not Snow

    The results are in for the Daniel Libeskind-proposed redesign of Civic Center, and the public's responses are being unveiled tonight at the Denver Parks & Recreation Advisory Board hearing. But you wouldn't know that from the city's website. There's nothing on the city's homepage, and if you click o ... More >>

  • News

    August 3, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of August 3, 2006

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    July 27, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of July 27, 2006

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    July 17, 2003

    A Tale of Two Cities

    From a royal mess to a people's playground, Denver's parks grounded the Webb years.

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    January 14, 1999