If a block party seems like too much of a task, you can also get a free park permit to hold a gathering. Or you can plan a neighborhood cleanup or another community-service project; paint for wiping out graffiti and other supplies will be provided by the city free of charge. “Our goal is for neighbors to know their neighbors,” says Chaparro, “because that itself builds a civic infrastructure that helps create vibrant, safe and healthy neighborhoods.”
For more information on how to apply for a permit or set up an event, or to see a map of the more than 75 Denver Days get-togethers already planned around the city, visit denvergov.org.
Aug. 3-11, 2013