Debates and Discussions

Reader: Parker arts center is town money well-spent

Yesterday one reader stopped to give thanks for a facility we named Best New Building in the Suburbs in the Best of Denver 2012: the Parker Arts, Culture and Events center, otherwise known as PACE. The facility, which opened in the fall of 2011, includes a theater, an auditorium, a media lab, an art gallery and a dance studio. Done by Denver's Semple Brown Design, the smart-looking structure is as much a work of art as the events and productions it now hosts. This weekend, those shows will include a Colorado Symphony performance as well as a John Denver tribute. See also - PACE: Denver's Best New Building in the Suburbs - PACE: John Denver tribute

Says ChristopherCT:

This is an example of well-spent town council fund. The cost is reasonable, the building is simple and non-extravagant, and it brings a substantial benefit to a small, rural town. I wonder how long it took to build this multi-purpose theatre? Did all the heavy equipment involved disrupt the daily lives of the town? Are they now able to make profit from the building of this beautiful structure? Seeing as it is in a rural town, it would be a waste if not many people utilize this beautiful facility. Perhaps this article should be boosted with a short description of the impact of this facility in the society.
Have you been to the Parker facility? What has its impact been on the area?

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun