We are a non-profit Colorado corporation organized for the specific purpose of protecting Denver parks and designated Natural Areas. Our first challenge is to save the 10.7 acre Paul Hentzell Natural Area from being developed. On April 1, 2013 our mayor and city council voted to develop this priceless land at S. Havana St. and East Girard Ave, which is part of a 70 acre natural area.
The Natural Area borders the banks of Cherry Creek. It includes an Historic Trail. It was formerly used as a Native American hunting ground for bison and deer. Motor vehicles are not allowed. The natural area is currently home to numerous and fascinating indigenous species of plant and animal life, including deer, fox, coyote, skunk, raccoon, muskrat, prairie dogs, beaver, hummingbirds, chickadees, robins, sparrows, finches, blackbirds, magpies, crows, woodpeckers, flickers, other small birds, butterflies, caterpillars, ant colonies, roly poly bugs, insects, crawdads, minnows, ducks, geese, heron, owls, and hawks, all of which are seen, heard and enjoyed on a regular basis by citizens of Denver and their children who walk and play and bicycle in the natural area. Our mascot baby owl was born this year in a cottonwood tree in the natural area.
Our volunteers are circulating petitions so that voters can decide in November whether Paul Hentzell Natural Area should be protected from development. We need 6500 signatures by June 30 to be on the November ballot. If you have not signed a petition, or you want to circulate a petition, please call our president Renee Lewis at 303-337-2947 (home) or 970-331-6641 (mobile).
Our second challenge will be to defeat the city in the courts. The bad boys in the city attorney’s office are trying to get a judge to order that the citizens of Denver have no say on this issue. The city has the money and power, but we have legal precedent and the will of the people on our side.
Our position is based on two established principles of Colorado law. The first principle is that Municipal officials own park land as trustees in trust for the benefit of the people who elect them. The second principle is that people are allowed to participate in governing themselves.
In addition to volunteering, you can help by becoming an Honorary Member of Friends of Denver Parks. Dues are $25 for individual members, and $50 and up for businesses, who will have a link to this website to market their business.
Thank you for standing up to defend our parks and individual liberties.
Friends of Denver Parks, Inc.
Renee Lewis, President
Objects and Purposes
4.1 This Corporation is organized exclusively for the promotion of social welfare under Section § 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. The objects and purposes of the Corporation and the nature of the business to be carried on by it are as follows:
4.1.1 To protect dedicated parks within and near the City and County of Denver against any use that is inconsistent with open space usage by the public, indigenous vegetation, and wildlife, regardless of whether such parks were dedicated by ordinance or dedicated by common law;
4.1.2 To protect designated natural areas within and near the City and County of Denver against any use that is inconsistent with open space usage by the public, indigenous vegetation, and wildlife, regardless of whether such natural areas were designated by ordinance, by council administrative action, by executive action, or by common law;
4.1.3 To protect open space areas within and near the City and County of Denver against any use that is inconsistent with open space usage by the public, indigenous vegetation, and wildlife, regardless of whether such open space areas were designated by ordinance, by council administrative action, by executive action, or by common law;
4.1.4 To increase parks, natural areas, and open space within and near the City and County of Denver.
4.1.5 To teach and instruct the public, media and various governmental bodies and agencies of issues of environmental or public interest related to Denver parks, natural areas, and open space.