By: October 19, 2022
The Denver Planning Board is slated to hear plans for the future of the defunct Park Hill Golf Course at a meeting today, but a community nonprofit didn’t wait to sound off about a lawsuit it had filed against the developers back in May.
“I think we were in an idealistic phase thinking that, ‘Oh, maybe these developers really do think that community can work together. But it just didn’t really seem like that,” says Adrienna Corrales Lujan, executive director of Sisters of Color United for Education, a Denver organization promoting health, wellness and education that had been leasing space in the Park Hill Golf Course clubhouse from the developers, Westside Investment Partners and the Holleran Group.
Sisters of Color, which was founded in 1989, became acquainted with Westside when the organization was leaving a community space at West Eighth Avenue and Santa Fe Drive and needed a new home. It talked with Westside about acquiring one of the buildings on the Loretto Heights campus, which Westside is redeveloping; in the meantime, it agreed to move into the clubhouse at the Park Hill Golf Course for three years. Westside had purchased the 155-acre property from the Clayton Trust for $24 million in 2019.
The group would use the clubhouse “as its center of operations to carry out its mission and to provide community engagement and leadership development in the surrounding Park Hill neighborhood,” including “providing education opportunities and space for individuals, families, and diverse communities; health and wellness education; culturally responsible media development; small business development; and space development/built environment,” according to the suit filed on May 27 by Sisters of Color