Foundation Receives Norm and Ethel Meyer Award for Historic Preservation

Scott Gilmore, Denver's Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation, speaks at the Jefferson County Historic Preservation Awards ceremony Thursday, October 12, 2017.

Photo: Leda S. Thaler, Jefferson County Historical Commission.

Scott Gilmore, Denver’s Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation, speaks at the Jefferson County Historic Preservation Awards ceremony Thursday, October 12, 2017. Denver Mountain Parks planner Brad Eckert, and Denver Mountain Parks Foundation chairman Bart Berger stand by.

Article from Jefferson County Historical Commission:

Norm and Ethel Meyer Award

Since 2010, the Jefferson County Historical Commission has given the Norman and Ethel Meyer Award to individuals and organizations to recognize special contributions to the preservation of Jefferson County’s historical resources.

This year, JCHC is pleased to give the Award jointly to Denver Parks and Recreation and the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation (DMPF) for their collaborative work in restoring and improving the Denver Mountain Parks — some of which are located in the Jefferson County foothills.  The best known of these are Genesee Park, Lookout Mountain Park and Red Rocks Park.

The joint awardees formed a public/private partnership, working together to improve the Denver Mountain Parks and restore their historic structures.  DMPF, which is a non-profit foundation raises funds and provides public education to assist Denver in improving the parks; and Denver Parks and Recreation brings its budgeted funds and provides professional staff to plan, design and implement the improvements.

Together, they have crafted a plan to restore 13 historic structures, including well houses in Bergen Park, Little Park and Filius Park, shelters in Genesee Park and Corwina Park and the iconic chimney in O’Fallon Park.  To date, restoration work has been completed on the Chief Hosa Shelter, the Patrick House in Genesee Park and shelters in Newton Park. The team has also worked to create a new logo for the Denver Mountain Parks and is working on interpretive signs and maps for the parks.

As part of its fundraising efforts, DMPF has published both a video and a book called Denver Mountain Parks – 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream.  The book includes an extensive history of the parks and photography by John Fielder and W. Bart Berger.  Copies of this beautiful book can be purchased through DMPF’s website: Denver Mountain Parks Foundation

The Jefferson County Historical Commission applauds the work of Denver Parks and Recreation and DMPF and wishes them ongoing success in restoring and preserving the history within the Denver Mountain Parks.

For more about the evening and other award recipients, visit: 

https://historicjeffco.wordpress.com/2017/10/15/the-jefferson-county-historical-commission-2017-hall-of-fame-and-historic-preservation-awards/

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