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Curtis Park neighborhood rallies to improve Sonny Lawson Park

Margaret Jackson

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By Margaret Jackson / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.) Sonny Lawson Park is getting a revamp with help from Curtis Park Neighbors (CPN) and Denver Parks and Recreation.

CPN, the area’s registered neighborhood organization, and neighborhood residents created a stewardship group to lead the charge for park improvements, including weekly cleanup events each Wednesday. The group raised $17,000 to help Denver Parks and Recreation fix and improve the irrigation system and create a pollinator garden.

“The neighborhood is so excited for the enhanced green space and new pollinator garden, which complements the gardens at adjacent Cousins Plaza that neighbors have planted and cultivated for years,” said Ryan Cox, president of Curtis Park Neighbors. “Sonny Lawson and Cousins Plaza have evolved as a true community gathering space that hosts jazz concerts, playdates, gardening, softball, basketball and the dog park.”

Getting better all the time

After partnering with the neighborhood organization, Denver Parks and Rec installed an updated irrigation system and other infrastructure improvements over the winter, including a permanent bathroom where an attendant is on duty to oversee safety and cleanliness.

The pollinator garden sits at the entrance to Sonny Lawson Park where the curb has been raised to contain the garden and a post and chain were installed to prevent compaction in the garden.

“We are thrilled to partner with Curtis Park Neighbors and Denver Parks and Recreation on this collaborative effort to enhance Sonny Lawson Park,” said Frank Rowe, executive director of Denver Parks Trust. “When neighbors, the city, businesses and nonprofits come together, great things happen.”

Upcoming activities at Sonny Lawson Park include:

  • 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 25: Volunteers will plant the pollinator garden along California Street. The site is already cleared and the soil prepared.
  • 5 to 7 p.m. June 3: A community celebration at the Charles R. Cousins Plaza at 24th and Welton streets to acknowledge park improvements. The celebration will coincide with the First Friday Jazz in the Plaza.

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