The Park People has a long history of both new and restoration capital projects throughout our community. Over the past 45 years, we have infused millions of private dollars to support Denver's world-class parks and recreation system.
We are excited to announce our next capital project: the restorative rebuild of the Sundial and Sundial Plaza in Cranmer Park. This generationally adored landmark has been the memorable backdrop of many lifetime milestones for many Denver families over many decades, and the locally renowned flagstone plaza has a beautiful terrazzo mosaic panorama depicting the Front Range mountains visible from the park. Unfortunately, many years of exposure to Colorado's freeze-thaw weather and old construction practices have caused significant damage to the plaza, and vandals have damaged the sundial. The sundial plaza is in such disrepair that it is on Colorado Preservation, Inc.'s list of Most Endangered Places 2013. Click here to learn more about our Save Our Sundial campaign, our upcoming Independence Day Family Fun Festival on July 2nd, and how you can help save this local treasure!
Past Park People Projects
Past projects include the restoration of the Washington Park Boathouse, Cheesman Park Pavilion and the Eugene Field House. The Park People was also behind the initial restoration of the Electric Fountain in Ferril Park and spearheaded construction of the interactive fountain located on the northeast edge of City Park.
In the fall of 2013, The Park People completed the preservation of the James Fleming House, a grand stone mansion located in the northwest corner of Denver's Platt Park. The Fleming House is the landmark of the Platt Park neighborhood and was, for a few brief years, the city hall for the City of South Denver before it was annexed by its neighbor to the north. Having fallen into disrepair and used primarily as storage in recent decades, this beautiful building has now been restored to its full glory. The second floor serves as The Park People's headquarters - providing much-needed growing room for our expanding programs, and the main floor is a revitalized community gathering space and events venue managed by the City of Denver's Department of Parks and Recreation.
Prior to undertaking the restoration of the James Fleming House, The Park People, along with the Gates Family Foundation and the City and County of Denver, completed a $4.7 million reconstruction of the Gates Tennis Center in Cherry Creek. The Gates Tennis Center, which is a public center, is one of the premier facilities in the state and received the United States Tennis Associations "Large Public Facility of the Year" and Great Outdoors Colorado's "Starburst" awards in 2008.