Celebration of Cranmer Park Plaza and Sundial Restoration
Executive Director of Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR), Happy Haynes, Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman (Dist. 5), Executive Director of The Park People, Kim Yuan-Farrell, Save Our Sundial Committee Co-Chair, Denise Sanderson, and community members celebrated the completion of the plaza and sundial restoration at Cranmer Park. The project was a cooperative effort funded by DPR, the Save Our Sundial fundraising campaign led by The Park People, and generous contributions from the community.
Residents of the neighborhood joined forces with The Park People to raise funds which supplemented city dollars for reconstruction of the plaza and refurbishment of the sundial, originally installed in 1941. Through those efforts, $830,000 was raised on behalf of the Save Our Sundial campaign. The entire sandstone plaza was removed and historically reconstructed with an improved drainage system and modern engineering to support the long-term sustainability of the site. Cranmer Park consists of 24-acres of land at the highest point in east Denver at an elevation of 5,434 feet.
Former Denver Mayor awarded top arts and culture honor
Former Denver Mayor Federico Peña received the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District’s highest honor for his role in championing the initial public vote to form the district in 1988. For nearly 30 years, his leadership has supported arts and culture funding across the seven counties of the Denver Metro area. Peña served as a powerful spokesperson encouraging voters to support the fledgling effort to fund arts, science and cultural facilities across the Denver Metro area at a time when funding was desperately needed to keep both flagship institutions open as well as help smaller, local organizations survive.
“Mayor Peña understood that his vision for a “Great City” couldn’t be achieved unless arts and culture were a central pillar,” said Deborah Jordy, SCFD Executive Director. “He embraced the campaign to provide funding for these institutions wholeheartedly and helped ensure access for literally millions of people over the last 30 years to the events and experiences that make all our lives richer and our region the kind of place where people want to live.” The Rex Morgan Award for Lifetime Leadership recognizes an individual who exemplifies leadership, vision and a philosophy of cooperation.
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Experience the magical wonderland of lights at the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Westminster City Hall. At the event, there will be holiday music, hot chocolate, cookies, and of course, a visit with Santa. You will be able to create new family traditions around the bonfire and on the hayride. The full-size sleigh and kid-size train are perfect settings for family photos. Dress warm because the event is mostly outside. NMAA/SCFD and Credit Union of Colorado are sponsors of the event.
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 1st, 2018
5:30 – 8:30pm
City of Westminster Parks, Recreation & Libraries
4800 W 92nd Ave.
Westminster, CO 80031