Renovations, Playground Completed at Inspiration Point Park

By Eric Heinz

Surrounded by a group of children on May 26 at the crest of a panoramic view, Denver city leaders cut a ribbon to celebrate the completion of improvements to Inspiration Point Park.

Improvements include a restored portion of the historic wall, western park overlook enhancements,
a new playground, a new shaded picnic site, changes to the parking area, and a new traffic circle.

City leaders including Mayor Michael Hancock, Councilwoman Amanda P. Sandoval, and Denver Parks and Recreation Director Happy Haynes pose
for a photo May 26 at the top of Inspiration Point Park to celebrate the park’s renovations. Photo by Eric Heinz

“Inspiration Point Park is like no other park in our system,” said Happy Haynes, the director of Denver Parks and Recreation. “How many of you were transported to another place as you reached this newly renovated section of the park, even though some of you thought you knew this park?”

Mayor Michael Hancock said the $2.5 million in park renovations were paid for using about $2.1 million in Elevate Denver bond money, which voters passed in 2017, and the remaining costs were funded by the Denver Parks and Recreation Legacy Fund and capital improvement funds.

“It is fitting that in 2022 after 112 years that we refresh (the park) a little bit and we prepare it for the next 100 years and the next five or six generations that will come up here,” Hancock said. “We are leaving an amazing jewel for them.”

Jerry Guida, president of the Inspiration Point Neighborhood Association, was instrumental in getting the park restored, Haynes said, but he was ill on the day of the ceremony.

According to the city’s website, the park is more than 25 acres, located at 49th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard across the street from Willis Case Golf Course. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was constructed in 1910.


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