September 2011

Dear University Park Neighbor,

The following are the announcements for September 2011 brought to you by the University Park Community Council (UPCC). We are a few days early so we could remind you about large item pickup beginning in some parts of our neighborhood tomorrow (Monday). We hope to see you on September 25th for our 125th Celebration.

  • Large Item Pickup is scheduled for the next two weeks in our neighborhood. Visitthe City website to find out which week you are scheduled for and details of how to participate.
  • University Park 125th Anniversary Celebration: Then and Now
    • September 25th at Observatory Park. Click for more details.
      • 2:45 Gather on steps of Observatory for Walking Tour
      • 3pm Walking Tour around park guided by historians, authors and residents Don and Carolyn Etters
      • 3pm Music and Social Hour begin
      • 4pm Program in front of Observatory
      • 5pm Pot Luck and Picnic on Warren Street (Bring blankets and/or chairs)
    • We want photos…including UPark Elementary School photos! Please email, mail or drop off your favorite photos of the neighborhood. They can be old or new, digital or print. Email or mail or drop off at:
      • 125th Celebration c/o Ward
        2369 S Madison Street
        Denver, CO 80210
    • UPark resident and artist Betsy Johnson Welty has been chosen to create the original work of art and commemorative poster for the 125th Celebration. She is giving of her time and talents to the neighborhood and we could not be more delighted!
    • We are still in need of some additional music for the event. If you sing, play an instrument or are in a band and want to get involved in this great event,
    • We need some volunteers on the day of the event. We have a variety of needs.Learn more or email if you are willing to help.
  • The Purple Pages Directory will be distributed this month. Keep your eye out.
  • There continues to be reports of coyotes in our neighborhood. View the City’s information and tips page to keep safe.
  • Do you know who is in charge of the vegetable garden at Observatory Park? Please contact Dana at if you do (we want to include this person in the 125th celebration).
  • A meet and greet for Anne Rowecandidate for Denver School Board, will be held at Observatory Park (SE corner of the fields on Iliff & Milwaukee) on Thursday,September 1st at 8:45am. 
  • A meet and greet for Roger Kilgore, candidate for Denver School Board At-large,with be held at 2275 So Monroe St on Friday, September 9th from 5:30 – 7:30pm. For more information and to RSVP to Rosemary at, or 303-692-9197.
  • The final public meeting to show the revised concept for the southeast park access improvements at Washington Park will be held Tuesday, September 13, 2011 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm. Learn More.
  • There are a series of public meetings about improvements to Washington Park. The next two are August 30th and September 20th. Learn more if you are interested in attending.
  • Accelerated Schools is installing a new garden and outdoor classroom and would love neighborhood involvement in the future. Email Bryon Gentry for more information.
  • Consider supporting the UPCC.

List of Upcoming Events: 

  • TIP: There are still Free Pig Roasts every Friday at 7pm at Crimson and Gold on University & Asbury. Get there on time because once it runs out, there is no more until the following Friday.
  • A meet and greet for Anne Rowe candidate for Denver School Board at Observatory Park (SE corner of the fields on Iliff & Milwaukee) on Thursday, September 1st at 8:45am. 
  • A meet and greet for Roger Kilgore candidate for Denver School Board At-large Friday, September 9 at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. For more information
  • Saturday, September 18th, Public Viewing Chamberlin Observatory.
  • 125th UPark Anniversary Celebration Sunday, September 25th
    • 2:45 Walking Tour, meet at steps of Observatory
    • 3pm Music and Social Time
    • 4pm, Presentation on steps of Observatory
    • 5pm Pot Luck on Warren Street
  • Afternoon Tea at Accelerated Schools October 1st from 2 – 4pm.
  • UPCC General Meeting
    • We are still looking for a social hour family or sponsor to provide beverages and cookies before the meeting. Email if interested.
  • Jiaqi “Dragon” Long piano concert at Bethany Lutheran Church on October 23rd from 1-3pm. This is a benefit for Accelerated Schools.

The University Park Community Council, (UPCC) mission is to promote and enhance the quality of life in the University Park Neighborhood. Thank you for your continued support. We hope to see you out in the neighborhood.


Tom Gonnella and Dana Strand O’Connor, on behalf of the UPCC Board and

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