Support Cheesman Park by supporting CPAG

by DeAnne Minner

Ten years ago Cheesman Park was seedy, to put it politely. Summertime grass was mottled brown, if not bare dirt. Off-leash dogs ran unrestrained in the meadows, making even dog-lovers cringe. The fountains didn’t run because the concrete basins were spalling badly. The rose gardens were untended and deteriorating. No one was standing up for the park or urging the City to address these issues, so Councilwoman Jeanne Robb formed CPAG. After almost a decade of planning and facilitating between City officials and the community, CPAG has been instrumental in helping Cheesman Park undergo a sea change. Today the park is home to lush grounds and has more park users than ever.

The 2010 master plan recommendations have been implemented, and additional improvements are made as the City’s time and budget permit. CPAG continues to advocate for park needs, but as a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization, it depends on volunteer labor and charitable donations to operate. Community contributions to CPAG have been used to fund and dedicate a memorial park bench, replace broken sprinkler heads, and improve the safety and appearance of west-side park entrances off 10th and 11th Avenues. Most recently, CPAG facilitated undergrounding power lines on the east side of the park — a monumental task now being completed. Repairs to the pavilion are next in line.

Please support your park by supporting CPAG. For a donation of $15, $5 of which is tax-deductible, you will receive a gift box containing five note cards featuring photographs taken by Cheesman Park resident Greg Sorensen. Two options are available:

  1. Seasonal Cheesman Park views including the pavilion, fountains and linden allee
  2. Close-ups of roses in various colors and stages of bloom from the Cheesman Park Rose Gardens

A PDF document showing Greg Sorensen’s photos is attached to this posting.

Send check or money order payable to the Cheesman Park Advocacy Group (CPAG) c/o DeAnne Minner at 1201 Humboldt St., Denver, CO 80218. Include a notation showing the number of boxes of each variety you desire along with your name, mailing address and phone number. For example: 5 boxes park views and 2 boxes roses = $15×7 = $105 (total check amount). CPAG will send you a receipt reflecting your $5/box donation — in this case, $35.

Please don’t delay. We hope to receive your order by Monday, October 10.

Donations in addition to or in lieu of cards are always welcome and will be receipted at full value. Proceeds of this fundraiser will enable CPAG to continue serving the Cheesman Park community. Many thanks to those who value this park enough to help sustain it.



No CPAG 4th of July Kids’ Bike Parade in Cheesman Park

After many successful years of organizing the 4th of July Kids’ Bike Parade in Cheesman Park, we are taking a break this year.  
We’re grateful for all the help and support we have received from families and local businesses over the years.  It has been a good run.  We will keep you posted about our future plans.  
Have a great 4th of July!


Cheesman Park Play Area Plans

A redeveloped Cheesman Park Play Area is being planned!

The Cheesman Park Advocacy Group, Councilwoman Jeanne Robb’s office, and the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation have worked together with a stakeholder’s group and Mundus Bishop Design landscape architects to develop a concept design for the Cheesman Park Play Area.

Everyone is welcome to attend the public meeting at which the plans will be displayed and described. Details below:

When: Thursday, October 24, 2013, 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Where: Tears-McFarlane House Annex, 1290 Williams Street, Denver, Colorado 80218. (This is the small low building south of the Tears-McFarlane House, directly on the north side of Cheesman Park.)

Your input, and the input of your children, is encouraged! See the flyer from Parks and Rec for additional information.

Annual July 4th Cheesman Park Kids’ Bike Parade

This Thursday, July 4th, the annual July 4th kids’ bike parade kicks off with bike decorating at 9 am, on the east side of Cheesman Park. We’ll provide the decorations!

The parade starts at 10 am, on the east side of the park. The east roads in the park will be closed for the parade, until approximately 1 pm.

Free face painting, balloon art, and caricatures drawn by an artist will be available. The parade will feature Uncle Sam, the Mile High Freedom Marching Band, a fire truck, and bagpipers.

In addition to featured supporters, the parade is sponsored by Councilwoman Jeanne Robb and the Cheesman Park Advocacy Group, and is organized by CPAG (the Cheesman Park Advocacy Group).

Cheesman Park Rose Gardens

During the summer of 2012, twenty-two volunteers worked on deadheading and weeding the Cheesman Park rose garden’s twenty-two beds on both sides of the Cheesman Pavilion.

CPAG’s Kathleen Wells coordinated the project. With the support of more park volunteers, this project will be able to continue this summer. If you are interested in volunteering to work on the rose garden in the summer of 2013, email us at .

This is an excerpt from the latest update from Neighbors and Friends For Cheesman Park (NFFCP), a registered neighborhood organization.  CPAG (the Cheesman Park Advocacy Group) and NFFCP have overlapping interests and some overlapping membership.  For more information about NFFCP, contact Jay Rust at .

CPAG Board Member in the News

Last month, CPAG Board of Directors member Marilyn Kal-Hagan was awarded a 2012 “Outstanding Volunteer” award by Capitol Hill United Neighbors (CHUN).

Marilyn’s award was for her work on the Annual July 4th Cheesman Park Kids’ Bike Parade, which is organized by the Cheesman Park Advocacy Group.  Marilyn has headed up the effort for several years.

Congratulations, Marilyn!

Here’s a link to the CHUN newsletter, the Urban Dweller, which lists all the 2012 Good Neighbor Award Winners.