Our History

The Park People was created in 1969 by a small group of park enthusiasts interested in raising private funds to support Denver's extensive parks and recreation system. The Park People was incorporated in 1981 and has, in its 40 plus year history, infused millions of dollars into Denver's parks through the restoration of existing park infrastructure, such as fountains, historical park buildings, and through new construction, such as playgrounds and recreation facilities.

Most recently, The Park People spearheaded the $4.7 million Gates Tennis Center in Cherry Creek and the $700,000 restoration of the James Fleming House in Platt Park. Other Park People projects include the restoration of the Washington Park Boat House, Cheesman Park Pavilion, and Eugene Fields Cottage, the headquarters of the organization for it's first 42 years.

The Park People is also home to Denver's only city-wide tree distribution program, Denver Digs Trees, founded in 1991. The Park People continues to be the premier private advocacy organization for Denver's parks and recreation resources.