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COALITION TO SAVE CIVIC CENTER PARK RECORDS

 Collection
Identifier: WH2084

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Ranging from October 2006 to October 2008, the Coalition to Save the Civic Center Park collection documents the process by which Denver City government proposed a new location for the Colorado Historical Society in Civic Center Park, the efforts by a local citizens' group to oppose the location and, finally, the selection of an alternate location.

SERIES 1 COALITION TO SAVE CIVIC CENTER PARK DOCUMENTS 2006-2008 BOX 1

This series contains correspondence, email, reports and meeting minutes detailing the efforts by the Coalition to Save Civic Center Park to block the location of a building for the Colorado Historical Society in Civic Center Park, Denver, Colorado. Press releases, correspondence and meeting minutes of the mayoral administration and of administration supporters on the City Council are included, some in folders labeled "A Civic Conversation." Papers from "Stakeholder" meetings comprise the meeting minutes, email and correspondence of Colorado Historical Society activities. Newspaper clippings comprise the public view of the controversy. Broken down by month, general folders include correspondence sent and received.

SERIES 2 PHOTOGRAPHS 2007 PHOTOENVELOPE 1

Color photographs, negatives and a compact disc portray images of Civic Center Park as it was in 2007. Two color photographs display a 1919 Frederic Olmsted plan of the park available in the Western History Department of The Denver Public Library.

Dates

  • 2006 - December 2008

ACCESS:

The collection is open for research.

OWNERSHIP:

Literary and copyrights - as appropriate - have been assigned to the Denver Public Library.

Copyright

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

HISTORICAL NOTE

On July 11, 2007, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper presented a museum-in-the-park proposal at a meeting the Colorado History Museum. The proposal included locating the new Colorado History Museum in Civic Center Park. Members of Capitol Hill United Neighborhood (CHUN) met on July 31, 2007 with Mayor Hickenlooper and other city officials to discuss this new location for the museum requesting an "open and transparent" process. Later meetings were held with Governor Owens asking for a recommendation by the end of October 2007 so that the matter could go to the Colorado State Legislature by January 2008 for funding considerations. Brad Cameron filed a formal "Open Records" request to the Colorado Historical Society on August 31, 2007.

Opposed to the Civic Center Park location, Brad Cameron, Annette Woodward, Randy Swan and Michael Henry of Capitol Hill United Neighborhood among others joined with Cathy Donahue (former District 10 City Councilperson) in September 2007 to form a group to attend meetings and obtain records from the city. On September 17, 2007, Capitol Hill United Neighborhood hosted a meeting with seventy attendees. Twenty-six attendees voted to remove Civic Center Park from consideration, twenty-two voted to consider the site and seven abstained.

On September 23, 2007, Randy Swan, Annette Woodward (Capitol Hill United Neighborhood President) and Brad Cameron informally formed the Coalition to Save Civic Center Park, an independent movement ultimately supported by citizens across Denver. Cathy Donahue (former City Council member) and George Cerrone (retired Assistant City Attorney and close friend of Cathy Donahue) joined the group along with other interested Denver citizens including Nancy L. Widmann, Don and Carolyn Etter, Larry Ambrose and Gertie Grant. The Coalition sent email to City Councilpersons and scheduled meetings to discuss the proposed museum location. On October 2, 2007, Denver's Channel 8 recorded one of the meetings hosted by the City and Colorado History Museum. Rocky Mountain News published an editorial opposed to the museum-in-the-park proposal on October 6, 2007.

After further city meetings, on October 18, 2007, the Capitol Hill United Neighborhood board of directors voted to oppose the proposal. October 19, 2007, Denver's municipal cable Channel 8 televised a monthly television show, Issues and Options, focused on the issue . Further meetings about the proposal accompanied by opinion pieces in The Denver Post led to a decision to file a petition with the city to start an initiative. Meetings and discussions culminated in a December 2007 counterproposal from Mayor Hickenlooper and Jeanne Robb of the Denver City Council to build a "mirror image" to the Carnegie building consisting of a one story "glass box." The Coalition to Save Civic Center Park remained opposed to constructing a museum building in Civic Center Park. On January 4, 2008, Brad Cameron, Annette Woodward and attorney Greg Smith began the process to form a nonprofit corporation. After incorporation, the Coalition to Save Civic Center Park started the initiative process for a ballot related to the matter presented to the public in the Denver citywide election.

On January 31, 2008, the board of the Colorado Historical Society voted to withdraw the museum-in-the-park proposal. On February 12, 2008 the Society announced that it would relocate to the property bounded by 12th avenue on the south, Broadway on the west and Lincoln on the east.

Extent

1 Boxes (1 linear foot)

1 PhotoEnvelopes

Language of Materials

English

PROVENANCE:

Gift, Brad Cameron and Nancy L. Widmann, 2009.cNancy L. Widmann provided funding for the processing and preservation of this collection.

SELECTION OF RELATED MATERIAL

The Western History/Genealogy Department has additional collections with material related to Civic Center Park including:

Denver Parks and Recreation Department Records: WH1316

SIZE:

Number of Boxes: 1 (1 linear foot)

Number of PhotoEnvelopes: 1

LOCATION:

WH2084

PROCESSED BY:

Ann Brown

2010

PROJECT MANAGER:

Ellen Zazzarino

Title
COALITION TO SAVE CIVIC CENTER PARK RECORDS
Date
2010
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

Contact:
10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States