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District court dismisses Park Hill Golf Course lawsuit

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By Margaret Jackson / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.) A judge dismissed a lawsuit to stop the redevelopment of Denver’s Park Hill Golf Course.

The lawsuit filed on June 23 by Save Open Space Denver in Denver District Court sought to stop the city’s Community Planning and Development department from engaging the public in a planning process for the future of the Park Hill Golf Course. The city filed its motion to dismiss on July 30.

“A core function of local government as a steward of the public lands is to seek input from the community on how they want that land used,” Denver City Attorney Kristin Bronson said. “The public process to this point has found near-universal support for discontinuing the operation of a functionally obsolete golf course on this land.”

Public process

Denver will continue the public process to allow residents to weigh in on the property’s future. In 2021, survey results from people who live near the golf course identified eight priorities for the land:

  • Create a large park and community gathering places.
  • Form an oversight committee to guide future planning and development.
  • Preserve and expand the tree canopy to combat the urban heat island effect.
  • Provide a variety of affordable housing options, including for-sale units.
  • Address food insecurity by including space for grocery and fresh food choices.
  • Create space for local businesses and businesses owned by people of color.
  • Employ strategies to mitigate involuntary displacement.

“If and when it is determined that a change of use is appropriate, the community will have an opportunity to weigh in on that decision through their elected officials and a direct vote,” Bronson said. “Narrowly focused organizations that purport to represent the community are no substitute for the city’s broad-based, extensive and fair community outreach effort.”

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