Denver Planning Board votes to move process along on Park Hill golf course


A guiding plan for potential redevelopment of the Park Hill golf course and new zoning for that property inched closer to reality on Wednesday night when the Denver Planning Board voted to pass them on to the City Council for consideration.

A long road remains between the dormant links and the bustling, mixed-use, micro-neighborhood the developers that own the 155-acre patch of green space and their supporters envision.

Even if the city-authored small area plan for the property and the rezoning application are adopted and approved by the City Council, the land remains under a conservation easement. Denver voters must give the go-ahead for that easement to be lifted.

Those hurdles didn’t dissuade dozens of Denverites from speaking in favor of converting the property into housing, commercial space and a regional park as outlined in the small area plan.

The Northeast Park Hill neighborhood around the golf course has suffered from “targeted under-development” for years, Samie Burnett, who lives just a few blocks from the golf course, told the planning board Wednesday. She wants to see jobs and business opportunities in a part of Denver that city data show remains predominantly Black and lower income than nearby areas. That means more development, not 155 acres of permanent parks and open space as development opponents are proposing.

“This might be our sole opportunity to reverse that and keep our tax dollars circulating in our community,” Burnett said.

“We don’t have a parks crisis, we have an affordable housing crisis,” added Kevin Marchman, president of Northeast Park Hill Coalition.


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