Hentzell Park flap: Should Denver trade open space for offices?

Five years ago, Denver park officials thought highly enough of a little-known parcel of open space along the Cherry Creek corridor, containing some of the last traces of native prairie vegetation to be found in the city, to officially designate it as a natural area. But now, Mayor Michael Hancock's administration is keen on swapping nine acres of the site for an office building downtown -- and some neighbors and park activists are fuming over the proposed deal.
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