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Thank you for visiting Friends of Denver Parks!

Thank you for visiting Friends of Denver Parks!

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 10.7 acres of Hampden Heights North Park, located at S. Havana St. and East Girard Ave.  This beautiful park land is part of a 90 acre natural area which includes Hampden Heights North Park and Paul Hentzell Park.

The City Charter says that no park land can be sold or transferred without a vote of the people.  On April 1, 2013 our mayor and city council voted to trade this priceless land for an office building downtown.

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 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.

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