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John Case given Presidents Award by Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation


John Case receives Presidents Award from Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation President, Larry Ambrose

Inter Neighborhood Cooperation, a Denver organization of 95 Registered Neighborhoods held their yearly Awards banquet and Silent Auction on January 30.   John Case was chosen to be the recipient of the prestigious Presidents Award by INC.  This award is given by the President of INC who chooses an outstanding community member who is works for the community to make it a better place.  John Case has certainly earned this award for his untiring work and support of Friends of Denver Parks to win our right to vote on the disposition of parks according to the Denver City Charter

Friends of Denver Parks v. City of Denver and DPS From John Case

Dear Friends,
On December 26, 2013 the Court of Appeals issued its opinion affirming Judge Stern’s denial of a preliminary injunction to halt construction of a school in Hampden Heights North Park.
A copy of the opinion is attached here
After reviewing the decision, I believe that the Court of Appeals was wrong in concluding that charter section 2.4.5 eliminated common law dedication of parks in Denver.  After considering the work involved in this pro bono effort, my four law partners at Benson & Case law firm voted unanimously to authorize me to file a petition for writ of certiorari in the Colorado Supreme Court.  They also authorized me to proceed to trial as scheduled in Denver District Court May 19, 2014.  I am honored and blessed to have such supportive law partners, and to have the unwavering support of so many concerned citizens in Denver.
Regardless of the legal outcome of the case involving Hampden Heights North Park, Friends of Denver Parks has authorized me to make the following announcement: Later this year, Friends will launch a ballot initiative to confer official park status on the  numerous parks in Denver that the city has neglected to designate by ordinance.  The ballot initiative, if successful, will protect Denver’s remaining “undesignated” parks from commercial development, and preserve them as open space.
My sincere thanks to all of the supporters of Friends of Denver Parks.
John Case



A Film By  KC Keefer is now available for viewing on You Tube

DVD’s of this powerful video are still available and all proceeds are used for our legal battle.

coverDVDThis is the story of the struggle to save Hampden Heights North Park commonly referred to as Hentzell Park from being traded in an unconventional Denver City Hall deal.  This DVD is only available from Friends Of Denver Parks.


Run Time 14 Minutes

Featuring historic perspective by Professor Tom Noel “Dr. Colorado”