Denver residents take a stand on Park Hill Golf Course as green space dwindles citywide

Former Mayor Wellington Webb suspects a “gentlemen’s agreement” to develop land

Now defunct Park Hill Golf Club in Denver, pictured July 31, 2019, slated for development. Andy Cross, The Denver Post

By BRUCE FINLEY | bfinley@denverpost.com | The Denver Post
August 4, 2019 at 6:00 am

While Denver was hosting urban planners from 18 nations recently for a conference on green space, residents were launching a campaign to preserve 155 acres of open space at the Park Hill Golf Course, which was sold to a developer last month.

These Save Open Space Denver advocates say they’re fighting to ensure breathing room amid a citywide thickening of traffic, jam-packed apartments and rising heat. They’re focusing on the Park Hill land as a last relatively inexpensive chance to move toward a balance between nature and development that city leaders traditionally aspired to in the goal of making Denver “a city within a park.”

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We’re growing park land in Denver

Shared from the 3/2/2019 The Denver Post eEdition

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Happy Haynes is the executive director of Parks and Recreation for the City and County of Denver.

You may have read recently that Denver is losing park land. That’s simply not accurate.

A series of articles from January, “The Densification of Denver,” implied that Denver is losing park land and open space with no plans to reverse the trend.

And then a recent guest commentary raised concerns about the City of Denver’s commitment to preserving green space at Park Hill Golf Course and elsewhere in the city. The piece also referenced the densification series.

Both the commentary and the flawed reporting are wrong on several counts.

With respect to Park Hill Golf Course, current use restrictions do not allow the city to require the property to be used for a regional park or any open space purpose other than golf. It is not accurate to say that the city is seeking to develop housing on the site, nor is it accurate to say that there is any deal in place for developing the land. The mayor and city attorney have been working diligently to explore ways to acquire this land and if we are successful, the community will have a major say in what happens to it, including preserving it for open space.

On the larger issue of preserving open space and park land, the Hancock administration believes strongly in preserving and acquiring open space as part of an inclusive growth strategy.

COMPLETE ARTICLE IS FOUND HERE

We’re growing park land in Denver – The Denver Post, 3_2_2019