Photos: Civic Center Park is commemorated as a national historic landmark

Mayor Michael Hancock joined state and national representatives yesterday in a ceremony inside the McNichols building to reveal plaques that commemorate Civic Center's new status as a national historic landmark. That honor is determined by the National Park Service and given to areas or buildings that "possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States," according to the qualifications. So far, Civic Center is Denver's first and only national historic landmark.

Although Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the designation last year, the city was presumably waiting for a picture-perfect spring day to present the plaques. In typical Colorado fashion, what they got instead was snow and sub-freezing temperatures. The ceremony was relocated to the second floor of McNichols, overlooking Civic Center Park. Continue reading for more photos from the celebration.

See also: - Civic Center in the running to become a national historic landmark - Denver's Civic Center named a national landmark - Works in progress: Behind the scenes at the revived McNichols in Civic Center Park

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