Stapleton Receives ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader Award!

Forest City has received an ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader Award.  This award recognizes the important contribution Stapleton has made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by being a community that built 503 ENERGY STAR certified homes built in 2014.  Collectively, these homes will save buyers approximately $120,900 on utility bills each year.

The environmental benefits of these ENERGY STAR certified homes are equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by 850 metric tons, or:

  • Growing 21,629 tree seedlings for 10 years
  • Avoiding the consumption of 1,976 barrels of oil
  • Removing 179 passenger vehicles from the road

Stapleton received this award last year as well for building over 403 ENERGY STAR certified homes.

Click here for more information about this award.

Start your search for Stapleton homes here today!


Stapleton Visitor Center Highlights



It’s been a great year at the Stapleton Visitor Center as the center continues to be one of the most helpful resources where buyers and current residences can receive an overview of the Stapleton story including community information and development updates. Below are a few highlights for the Visitor Center in 2014. Enjoy!


StapleFUN board first debuted and is a great addition to the Visitor Center. It continues to be a great resource for the community and visitors to get information about all things Stapleton in a more fun and creative way.


– The Visitor Center was one of the donations drop off site for the Home Aid Essentials for Young Lives Drive. Home Aid collected almost 50,000 wipes, 27,000 diapers, 2,500 ounces of formulas and over $7,000 in cash donations from the drive.


– Culinary Classes for all! Whether it was BBQ or cookies the Visitor Center offered culinary classes for both adults and children. Jim N’ Nicks BBQ shared the secrets to creating a handcrafted universal rub, and a recipe for delicious homemade creamy coleslaw.

– While Tipsy Cupcakes and Dessert inspired kids to get creative and design their own sugar cookies!

Spring/ Summer:

– Gardening classes were taught by Stapleton’s Chef Gardener Bryant Mason. Our gardening classes were quite popular with a waiting list of over 15 people each time. Gardeners learned the fundamentals of gardening, how to build their own garden beds and simply that gardens make people happy.


– Little Free Library is built and opens for business! This “take a book, return a book” idea at the Visitor Center is a gathering place where the community can share their favorite stories, and literature. The Little Free Library is full of books where anyone can stop by and pick up a book (or a few) and bring back another book to share. The Library continues to get plenty of book donations from the community.


– Stapleton and its Visitor Center were featured in Denver Post. Mark Samuelson highlights the Visitor Center and Stapleton’s newest neighborhood, Willow Park East in his article.

– Ambassador Adventures are stories from the VC team highlighting memorable experiences about the Stapleton community. Gin Butler, visitor center ambassador meets our new neighbors.


– The Visitor Center was one of the donations drop off site for the Stapleton Community Food Drive. The food drive was successful collecting; the equivalent of 23,578 pounds of food, or 18,420 meals was in support of the Food Bank of the Rockies.


December 2014- RTD FasTracks East Rail Line News



Construction Completed

– Waterline relocation at 40th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Denver
– Erection of canopies at the 38th/Blake Station commuter rail platform in Denver
– Roadway reconstruction on Chambers Road between 25th Drive and 32nd Avenue in Aurora

Construction Underway

– Sidewalk and addition of a right-turn lane on northbound Colorado Blvd, south of 40th Ave in Denver
– Erection of canopies at the 40th Ave. & Airport Blvd/Gateway Park station in Aurora
– Storm drain construction on 33rd Avenue at Nome Street in Aurora

Upcoming Construction

– Installation of overhead power and communications lines between Chambers Road and Interstate 70
– Construction of the bus loop at the 40th/Colorado Station in Denver
– Reconstruction of roadway medians on Colorado Boulevard at 40th Avenue in Denver

Feature of the Month – December 2014

Milestone Reached on East Rail Line

On Nov. 24, 2014, the construction of the RTD FasTracks East Rail Line reached a huge project milestone: contractor Denver Transit Partners installed the final piece of track on the rail line between Union Station and Denver International Airport. This last rail connection occurred in Aurora at the south end of the I-70 Flyover Bridge, a 5,000-foot long structure that travels over Union Pacific Railroad tracks, Airport Boulevard, 32nd Avenue and Interstate 70.

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Every Week There are Free Walks in Northeast Denver



This month’s featured walk is the Prairie Dog Promenade sunrise walk around the new Conservatory Green Neighborhood of Stapleton, The Shops at Northfield Stapleton, and Northfield Pond Park. Come join Walk2Connect for a fun, easy-going, communal, and social on-foot experience to start your day. This is also a great way to meet other ‘daily’ walking friends nearby. EXPECT TO MAKE SOME FABULOUS CONNECTIONS!

Prairie Dog Promenade
RSVP: Walk2Connect.com/events or contact Chris at cee33x@yahoo.com
Difficulty: easy to moderate (some small hills)
Terrain: sidewalks, streets, and pebble/gravel trails
Times: 6:30am-7:40am, meet at Northfield Starbucks, 7930 E. 49th Ave.
Mileage: 2.5-3 miles

Photo courtesy of Walk2Connect



Hand & Stone – Grand Opening

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Celebrate Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa’s new location within the Shops at Northfield Stapleton, situated between Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works! Their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 3 at 4:30 p.m.

Hand & Stone offers professional, individually tailored Massage, Facial and Hair Removal services at affordable prices. Hand & Stone is open seven days a week and provides extended hours. Visit the Hand & Stone website to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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Eight Easy Steps to an Organized Holiday Season


By Jill Fleming, SOS: Smart Organizing Solutions

I love Christmas!  There’s just something magical about this time of year.  And, if you have a plan in place, you can spend more time enjoying it and less time feeling stressed out about it.

1.    Put together a calendar.  Parties, school concerts, dinner dates with friends, shopping dates, caroling, church events – everything you want to do should go on the calendar.

2.    Put together a “to-do” list.  From Christmas cards to shopping to meal planning, jot down everything you’d like to get done and then add it to your calendar.  It’s very satisfying to cross things off your “to-do” list.

3.    Prepare for visitors.  If you’re having guests for Christmas dinner or even for an extended holiday stay, get your house ready early.  If you do a deep clean early in the month, before you decorate, you’ll only need to spot clean the house closer to their arrival.   

4.    Decorate.  I have a lot of Christmas decorations.  Each year, as I pull them out, I do a quick check to see if I still absolutely love something.  If I don’t, I set it aside for donation.  It’s a great way to pare down what I need to store all year and I know someone else will enjoy what was once a cherished item.

5.    Christmas cards.  This is a tradition that can take on a life of its own.  Update your address book.  I actually do this all year long as people move, get married or have kids.  Will you send a card, a photo card or a letter?  Set aside time to buy cards, take your photo (or design one using existing photos) or write your  letter.  And don’t forget the holiday stamps.  I highly recommend getting a start on this task in November so you can send your cards at the beginning of December.  

6.    Gifts.  I come from a very large family and we’re spread out all over the country.  We made the decision long ago to skip gifts unless we happen to be visiting at Christmas-time.  Most of my husband’s family lives here.  And he’s also from a big family.  But unless we’re doing a special get-together with someone, we save our gift-giving for the kiddos.  I don’t always succeed, but I try to get my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving.  I just don’t want to deal with the crowds and traffic.  Throughout the year, if I see something for one of the people on my shopping list, I pick it up.  I have one place set aside in the spare bedroom closet for such gifts.  Having one location means you won’t forget what you’ve bought, who you’ve bought it for or where you’ve put it.

7.    Wrapping gifts.  Once all my gifts are purchased, I like to set aside one night or one afternoon for a massive wrapping session.  That way I don’t have to drag out all of the supplies more than once.  Plus, it’s great to see it all done, under the tree and ready for delivery!

8.    Bake.  While I love to cook, baking is just not something I’m into.  However, my husband’s family has the most amazing tradition.  Each December, they pick a Saturday or Sunday later in the month and everyone gets together at one person’s house for a day of baking.  It’s a great time to catch up and at the end of the day, we leave with a little bit of something from everyone!  So we get to sample all sorts of treats but only have to bake one of them ourselves.  If you’re planning your own day of baking, make a list of what you plan to make and how much you’ll make.  If your treats are for gifts, don’t forget to think about what kind of packaging you’ll need.

Most all, take time to enjoy time with family and friends. Happy Holidays everyone!


StapleFUN – A Year in Review


By Aubrey Cornelius, Sprocket Communications

And just like that, 2014 is drawing to a close. It’s been a tremendous year in Stapleton with continued growth and the community becoming stronger for it. Let’s revisit all the excitement from the past year:

In January, we took a look at Stapleton’s homes and their diversity of price, style and space. Says Lisa Hall, Forest City Stapleton’s builder program director:

“We have nine builders, and they all have their strengths – some may excel at energy efficiency, while others have fun, architectural intricacies you can’t find anywhere else.”

It’s not just the homes that make Stapleton unique. In February we reviewed the many options for apartment living in the community – from a modern loft to a sleek townhome.

Stapleton’s Crescent Flats, Botanica Town Center and The Aster Town Center are in, across from and next to the East 29th Avenue Town Center. Botanica Eastbridge Apartments are next to the Bluff Lake Nature Center and Central Park Recreation Center in the community’s Eastbridge neighborhood, and The Aster Conservatory Green is in one of Stapleton’s newer neighborhoods. Stapleton also has affordable rental communities through Mercy Housing and Northeast Denver Housing Center.

As we entered springtime in March, Kelly Kitts, Central Park Supervisor, provided valuable information about one of our greatest assets – the Central Park Rec Center.

Did you know Central Park Recreation Center is the biggest rec center in Denver at 57,000 square feet? From the first day of operation, the Center has been a vibrant fixture for residents of the northeast corridor and attracts citizens from a number of surrounding neighborhoods.

Stapleton is home to more than a dozen public artworks in parks, in civic spaces and in neighborhoods. Public Art Consultant Barbara Neal shared why “Home is where the art is” in our April blog post.

We know the parks and open space found throughout Stapleton is one of the community’s finest features. Argus, an Australian Labroodle, who knows the parks intimately, walked us through the various smells at some his favorite spots in this fun blog written from a dog’s perspective. 

It wouldn’t be summertime without the sound of splashing in Stapleton’s many pools. In June, we broke out the inflatables and slathered on sunscreen for an update on Stapleton’s swimming options.

Whether you’re an omnivore or a vegetarian; looking for a quick grab-and-go bite or something that will allow you to linger over a special meal, Stapleton has you covered. Between 29th Avenue, The Shops at Northfield and all the surrounding neighborhoods ripe with interesting eateries, when you’re in Stapleton, you’re always in proximity to a good bite. Check our July StapleFUN post for the full recap of restaurant options.

Back to school time came too soon. In August, Brea Olson, Senior Regional Communications Specialist of Denver Public Schools reminded current and prospective Stapleton families of their unique opportunities within the DPS SchoolChoice Program.

Did you rock out with us in September? Stapleton Rocks featured musicians of all ages – many hailing from our community – with money raised benefiting the Denver Children’s Home.

Arguably the most celebrated holiday at Stapleton – Halloween – was joyously observed this year. In October we ask two residents about their Halloween plans, which, of course, included some major Trick or Treating.

Just in time for the holiday season, Molly Morrow from The Shops at Northfield Stapleton, provided a (lengthy) list of new store and restaurant openings. There’s something for everyone – and, the perfect bite to enjoy while shopping.

From homes to pools, schools to parks, it’s been quite the year at Stapleton, and we can’t wait to see what 2015 brings to our community. Cheers and Happy Holidays!


REALGiving 2014 Results


A big THANK YOU to everyone who donated!

REALGiving was a tremendous success this year, collecting over $6,800 which gave 80 families gift cards for the holiday and there was enough additional support for the school food pantry programs to further assist the students in the future.

REALGiving is THANKFUL for the tremendous support from the Real Estate community, neighborhood businesses and neighbors that made this year a tremendous success. Please support these local businesses that support your schools and community every day.

A special thank you to the following:
RE/MAX of Cherry Creek

Marcy Eastman

Amy Frankmore

Scott Petersen

Team Hetterich

Wolfe and Epperson Team-Judy Wolfe and Jay Epperson

TJC Real Estate Services

Tom Cummings

Kari Cummings

Jeff Stahlhut

Michelle Jacobs

Greg Pond

Kentwood City Properties

Neir Team-Alex and Stacy Neir

Distinctive Properties

Damon Knop

Katie Knop

Marissa Ross

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty

Jenny Kurpinsky

New Perspective Real Estate

Jody Donley

Meg Farina

Melinda Howlett

Porchlight Real Estate Group

Symantha Rodriguez

Synergy Real Estate Team

Joe Phillips

Gerretson Realty

John Wyszynski

Home Mortgage Alliance

Ben Gehde

Stapleton Mortgage

Justin Ross

First American Title

Colleen Lopez

Denver Presbyterian Church

David Weekley Homes Stapleton

Equity Title Cherry Creek

Modern Nest Design and Staging

Nicole Conard Designs

Sexton Lawton Architecture


An Old-Fashioned Christmas


This time of year, the shops are brimming with shiny new decorations and gifts, and we all get a little tempted to “update” our holiday décor. The latest trend appears to be the “winter whites”, and even pastel colors. Although the latest and greatest can be a good thing, I’d like to take you back to a time when the holidays were about dusting off the heirlooms and being creative.

When I was a kid, I loved this time of year. My parents kept all of our decorations in these old leather trunks and suitcases that belonged to my grandfather. When I saw the old black suitcase with the airline stickers pasted all over it, it was officially Christmas. I liked to be the one to open the first case – to push those little brass latches, making them “pop” open. The case always smelled like old paper (one of my favorite smells – like an antique book), because, of course, we re-used the tissue packing material year after year (even though all of its protective qualities had long since been exhausted). Unwrapping the first ornament was always a thrill. Would it be one of the basic ones, or one of my favorites – like a beautiful glass bird with those filament tail feathers? Of course, I had to be very careful. I was always amazed that I was allowed to handle something so fragile, more fragile than anything else in the home I would not normally be allowed to touch, and yet, because it was Christmas, I was honored with this special permission. I took the responsibility seriously.

Of course, the Christmas tree was the star of the show. Dad would spend about an hour untangling the lights (trying not to swear too much in front of us as he was doing so), and then carefully place them in the innermost sections of the tree. We would do our part, too. For days, we would assemble the paper chains using construction paper. The tree was filled with beautiful antique ornaments, side-by-side with our home-made treasures (like a yarn “person” made with a Lifesaver packet – which my baby sister tried to eat back in the day – and by that point they were ten year old Lifesavers).

It never seemed strange to us, the random assortment of creatures, shapes and colors on our tree. Some were true treasures, valuable, fragile, special, and some were just fun. My favorite was a little plastic cylindrical ornament with a little gold “fan” on the inside. If you placed it over one of the twinkle lights, the heat would make the fan spin. I loved that if you studied the tree carefully, you would see some of the ornaments dance like that, throwing little fireflies of light around the room. We had a brass candle holder with the little pinwheel at the top, too. Little angels would dangle from the blades and as it spun, they would hit these tiny chimes, speeding up as the air below got warmer. That was another favorite.

The fire crackling in the fireplace, Vince Guaraldi on the record player, the chimes from the angels, the vintage velveteen Santa with black rubber boots and a music box that played “Jingle Bells”, and the sound of crumbled tissue paper being put back into the case, along with the sharp smell of the tree and the gingerbread men: these were the sounds and smells that I looked forward to all year long. At least for a few magical years, the best part of all was that we worked on it together. We had nowhere else to be, and nothing more important to do than to transform our living room into a sparkling, colorful, cacophonous tribute to the season.

A few new items were always welcome, however. Every year we would delight in the new ornament for that year, because we knew it was soon to be a part of the family of memories stored in that old leather suitcase with the airline stickers. The new would blend with the old, seamlessly. That is my wish for you this holiday season, to honor the old traditions and make new ones, and to remember that that joy for a child is not in just watching you buy the new stuff, but being a part of a tradition they’ll cherish for decades to come.

Read more stories by Holly Lange: Designing a Backyard Sanctuary, Walking with Barley and The Biz Buzz!


Tis’ the season to give back…


Giving back is more than extending gifts, toys or cash…  You can also give back to the community with your time by volunteering.  Just a few minutes of your time can make a huge difference for a nonprofit or someone’s life.

Take a look at volunteer opportunities below:

Mercy Housing is a nonprofit organization that works to build healthy communities where people can develop their full potential. Learn more about Mercy Housing.

Denver Children’s Home is located at 1501 Albion Street and is the first nonprofit in the State of Colorado. Throughout their 138- year history of service the organization has consistently met the needs of children and families. Learn more about Denver Children’s Home.

Bluff Lake Nature Center: Located on the eastern tip of Stapleton and the namesake of the Bluff Lake neighborhood in Stapleton, Bluff Lake Nature Center (BLNC) is a private, nonprofit, urban wildlife refuge. Learn more about Bluff Lake Nature Center.

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge: With over 15,000 acres, the refuge is a sanctuary for more than 330 species of animals including bison, deer, coyotes, bald eagles and burrowing owls. Learn more about Rocky Mountain National Wildlife.

Sand Creek Regional Greenway: Did you know that Stapleton is home to the only east/west off-road trail and greenway in northeast Denver?  The Sand Creek Regional Greenway (SCRG) runs through the center of Stapleton. Learn more about Sand Creek Regional Runway.

Urban Peak is a nonprofit organization that provides supportive housing, educational and employment programs, meals and other services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Learn more about Urban Peak.



GrandRabbit’s Toy Shoppe – Coming Soon!


Opening Monday, November 24, 2014 in the Shops at Northfield Stapleton!

By: Lynne Milot- Foundress, Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe

Grandrabbit’s is the toy store you remember from your childhood, the place where dreams come true. From the best in educational and specialty toys to those classic toys the grown-ups remember. Grandrabbit’s is a place where you can get lost in your memories as you create new ones for the children in your life.

Read the rest of the story here. 


Conservatory Green Park & Plaza Wins Colorado ASLA Merit Award


The ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) CO Professional Design Awards Program recognizes Colorado and Wyoming Licensed Landscape Architecture and professionals in their pursuit to lead, educate and participate in careful stewardship, wise planning and artful design of our cultural and natural environment.

The Merit Award is presented to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the profession.

If you haven’t checked out Conservatory Green Park and Plaza you need to see this spectacular public space which includes a fire pit to keep you warm.  If you have been to Conservatory Green Neighborhood you know why the 2.5 acre outdoor park won this award.

Congratulations to Dig Studios on winning this award and keeping Stapleton beautiful!


Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe – Coming Soon!


Opening Monday, November 24, 2014 in the Shops at Northfield Stapleton!

By: Lynne Milot- Foundress, Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe

Grandrabbit’s is the toy store you remember from your childhood, the place where dreams come true. From the best in educational and specialty toys to those classic toys the grown-ups remember. Grandrabbit’s is a place where you can get lost in your memories as you create new ones for the children in your life.

For 2014, Grandrabbit’s is especially happy and proud to present our Holiday Store at The Shops at Northfield Stapleton. Grandrabbit’s has been bringing magic and wonder to children of all ages for 38 years now. Our flagship store has always been voted “Best Toy Store in Boulder.” We’d like to invite you to come see our amazing selection of high-quality stocking stuffers, those little trinkets used to fill that treasure box under every kid’s bed. 

Additionally, some of our holiday favorites include :

Spirograph – the classic toy that offers hours of fun! Since 1965, Spirograph has found a way to make art and math combine to create beautiful and complex designs.

Magnatiles – play is often the primary mode of learning for children. For young minds, taking flat pieces and constructing 3-D objects with them is a new and exciting discovery. Magna-Tiles attract on all sides, even when flipped around. Children from 3 to 103 will enjoy exploring geometric shapes, symmetry, and other basic math concepts with these colorful pieces.

Ride On Toys – when searching for that perfect holiday gift, you can always count on scooters and other ride-on toys to provide the child with hours of play and healthy exercise. You will find many choices here at Grandrabbit’s for children from 18 months to 12 years old.

You will no doubt be bumping into your neighbors at this once-a-year holiday happening where you are sure to find that perfect, last minute, stocking stuffer or addition to your holiday tree. We would love to have you stop by, play with all of our demos and browse to your heart’s content. Perhaps you will find that a visit to Grandrabbit’s Holiday Toy Shoppe will become your family tradition during the holidays.

For more information, visit Grandrabbit’s 


Stapleton Attracts New Businesses to Area


As the sixth -best-selling master planned community in the country and the future home of a commuter rail stop, businesses are increasingly flocking to Stapleton Denver  and establishing Stapleton as one of Denver’s leading neighborhoods for vibrant commercial development. The Stapleton area features more than a dozen new projects recently opened or in progress that are slated for completion over the next year with several future opportunities in the pipeline.

“The numerous commercial projects taking shape in the Stapleton area are a testament to the overall success of the community and the strong future it represents in Denver—situated ideally between downtown and the airport,” said Senior Vice President of Development for Forest City Stapleton, Jim Chrisman. “These businesses support the day-to-day lives of our residents, offering places to work, live and play and create a true urban-centered lifestyle.”

Among these businesses is the highly anticipated restaurant, Four Friends Kitchen, scheduled to open February 2015 at 2893 Roslyn Street. This Southern inspired concept was started by four Stapleton residents and next-door neighbors, Kurt and Sarah Pletcher and Tim and Genefer Thornton. The locally owned restaurant will offer breakfast, lunch and brunch with a Southern inspired menu, an upscale, family-friendly atmosphere, and the first and only open-air rooftop dining option in Stapleton’s East 29th Avenue Town Center.

“After looking at a variety of options, we realized building our restaurant from the ground up in this highly desirable location would be the best thing for us,” said co-founder Tim Thornton.  “And with the rooftop, Southern inspired menu and delicious fare, we believe we are filling a niche in the area and can become a dining destination for the entire Northeast Denver region.”

Additionally, Stapleton—home to hundreds of pre-school aged kids—is the latest site of The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, scheduled to open in Spring 2015. It uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Specially trained teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The new school will be located at 4901 N. Wabash Street in Northfield Stapleton.

“I am proud to be opening a Goddard School in Stapleton and am committed to providing the highest quality preschool experience for the children in our community,” said Owner Lance Shimomura. 

Additionally, Dr. Michele Smith, long-time owner of the 29th Avenue Animal Hospital veterinary practice in Stapleton’s E. 29th Avenue Town Center, will open later this year The Stapleton Veterinary Hospital, a new facility she is building at 8601 E. Montview Boulevard.


“Stapleton Veterinary Hospital will be a full-service veterinary hospital committed to providing high-quality, state-of-the-art medicine and compassionate care for pets in the Stapleton, Lowry, Park Hill and surrounding Denver neighborhoods,” said Smith. “We will be offering a wide range of services including wellness and preventative care, vaccines, surgery, radiography and dentistry.”

Other businesses recently opened, expanded or coming soon to Stapleton include :

  • Staybridge Suites (102 Rooms)
  • Drury Hotel (180 Rooms)
  • 7-Eleven
  • Extra Space Self Storage (45,000 sf)
  • Four Friends Restaurant (3,000 sf)
  • The Goddard School (7,000 sf)
  • Stapleton Veterinary Hospital (5,000 sf)
  • Stewart Precision Metals              (12,000 sf)
  • Penske Truck


United Properties is also developing approximately 1.2 million square feet of industrial and office warehouse space and has already preleased 665,000sf to tenants such as Workplace Resource, FedEx Express, ReadyIce, Swire Coca Cola USA, TireRack.com and BSG. 


NEW – Self Defense Seminar!! Mother/Daughter Self Defense

Calling all moms, daughters, aunts, sisters and grandmas ages 10 to adult!  Women learn to be your own first line of defense in this empowering session. Students learn to carry themselves confidently, use everyday items as weapons, defend against multiple attacks and holds, use your powerful voice and gain control ASAP.

Self-defense expert and owner of Mike Giles Family Karate, Mike Giles says being safe and protected is one of the smartest things you can do for your family member.   As the holidays roll around and we are busy shopping we have to be aware of our surroundings and be smart.  Mother/Daughter Seminar is offered to mothers, sisters, grandmothers and daughters alike.  It’s a great way to spend time together and show mom you care about her safety.

When: Saturday December 6th – 12 noon – 1:30 p.m

Where:   Mike Giles Family Karate -7506 E. 36th Ave. Suite 480 – Denver, CO 80238

Cost: Just $30 per person or $45 for two

To Register: www.mikegileskarate.com –  Book a class – Events

Register today while space is still available.


Ready Report – Fall 2014


What’s New at Stapleton

Here is a sneak peak at the Fall 2014 Ready Report:

Commercial Updates

Phase two of United Properties is underway at Enterprise Business Park, bringing their total space in the area to nearly 1.2 million square feet, most of which has been pre-leased by businesses such as Swire Coca-Cola USA, TireRack.com, and Workplace Resource. Phase two, a 466,000-square-foot cross-dock industrial building, is expected to be complete in April 2015. Phase one of the Class A industrial development construction is near completion. Comprised of four buildings, with a combined 700,000 square-feet, phase one is scheduled to be complete in November 2014.

Residential Updates

Stapleton has been the top selling master planned community in Colorado since 2007 and has been ranked 11th or higher in the nation for 5+ years. Since Stapleton homes went on the market in 2002, over 5,900 have sold. More than 400 of the homes sold are in Conservatory Green, Stapleton’s first neighborhood north of I-70.  Thirty percent of the homes purchased in Conservatory Green were existing Stapleton residents.

Central Park Station Final Design

At a September community meeting, Denver Transit Partners released the final design for Stapleton’s future Central Park Station.

Central Park Station is part of RTD’s new commuter rail, which will connect downtown Union Station with the Denver International Airport (DIA) via the East Rail Line.

View the Fall 2014 Ready Report for these full stories, and more +


What’s New at Stapleton


Commercial Updates

Phase two of United Properties is underway at Enterprise Business Park, bringing their total space in the area to nearly 1.2 million square feet, most of which has been pre-leased by businesses such as Swire Coca-Cola USA, TireRack.com, and Workplace Resource. Phase two, a 466,000-square-foot cross-dock industrial building, is expected to be complete in April 2015. Phase one of the Class A industrial development construction is near completion. Comprised of four buildings, with a combined 700,000 square-feet, phase one is scheduled to be complete in November 2014.

Stapleton’s newest hotels, Staybridge Suites and Drury Inn & Suites, are now open. Staybridge Suites is a 102 all-suite hotel.  Each room has a fully equipped kitchen with separate living and work areas. Other amenities include a 24-hour business center and an indoor pool. The 180-room Drury Inn & Suites offers flexible meeting space, 24-hour fitness and business facilities, and an indoor/outdoor pool.

Stapleton Veterinary Hospital’s new 5,000 square-foot facility is under construction. Owner, Michele Smith, began her practice in leased space within the East 29th Avenue Town Center. With a great business model, and a supportive community, the practice has outgrown its current space. The new location, complete Winter 2015, will be a full-service veterinary hospital committed to providing high-quality, state-of-the-art medicine and compassionate care for pets.

Four Friends Kitchen broke ground on their 3,000 square-foot parcel in the East 29th Avenue Town Center. A true start-up, the Southern inspired breakfast/brunch/lunch restaurant is owned by four Stapleton neighbors. The restaurant will feature an open-air rooftop dining option.

Two active senior living communities are also underway. Zocalo Community Development’s 151-unit The Grove at Stapleton will feature a community garden, bike maintenance shop, and tap room. Horizon Development Group’s 108-unit Overture at Stapleton will include underground parking, a café/bistro with Wi-Fi, and an outdoor terrace with a BBQ area.

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Residential Updates

Stapleton has been the top selling master planned community in Colorado since 2007 and has been ranked 11th or higher in the nation for 5+ years. Since Stapleton homes went on the market in 2002, over 5,900 have sold. More than 400 of the homes sold are in Conservatory Green, Stapleton’s first neighborhood north of I-70.  Thirty percent of the homes purchased in Conservatory Green were existing Stapleton residents. Only 60 new homes remain in the Stapleton neighborhoods south of I-70 and 100 in Conservatory Green.  Willow Park East, Stapleton’s brand new neighborhood, recently started selling. Willow Park East will feature three new parks, nearby innovative new schools, and over 700 next-generation homes.

With a diverse selection of homes, there is something for everyone. Nineteen different home products are currently available for purchase from nine builders, including single family detached, paired homes, and rowhomes. Architectural styles vary from traditional to modern, with outdoor maintenance options ranging from lock-and-leave, with green spaces maintained by HOAs, to full lawns and raised-bed gardens. Home sizes range from 1,000 square feet to over 3,000 square feet and are priced from the mid-$100’s to over $800,000, including a variety of affordable housing options that make living in this community available to various ages and income levels.

Stapleton also offers a great selection of rental apartments. The Aster Conservatory Green, completed September 2014, is Stapleton’s newest apartment community. The Aster offers urban-inspired living with private garages, upgraded finishes, airy ceilings, and abundant windows. Situated between The Shops at Northfield Stapleton and Uplands Park, the 352-unit community provides a wealth of activities and amenities. Residents can shop and dine, swim in the new Runway 35 pool, BBQ with neighbors near the fire pit, or enjoy pick-up games at the basketball and sand volleyball courts.

View Stapleton’s home collections +

Check out Stapleton’s beautiful parks and open spaces, top-rated schools, and walkable shopping and dining options.


Tour David Weekley’s New Model In Bluff Lake Neighborhood!


David Weekley’s new homes in Stapleton Bluff Lake feature open floor plans with front porch elevations and alley-load garages, making for beautiful streetscapes. Each home is designed with the surrounding community in mind, with unique architecture and elevations that complement the look and feel of Stapleton.

Homebuyers can now tour Weekley’s model home in Bluff Lake, The Bennett Peak at 2863 Lima Street. This four bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home features a spacious family and dining room, directly off the kitchen, a study and a large gameroom in the basement with full bedroom and bath. The model home is open for viewing daily.

All David Weekley Homes in the Denver are certified with an Environments For Living® Diamond Level Program heating and cooling energy usage guarantee. Weekley’s EnergySaver™ homes utilize building science to create homes that are more energy efficient and offer Homebuyers significant energy usage savings.

For more information about David Weekley Homes in Stapleton Bluff Lake, contact Sales Consultant, Ron Mulso at 720-412-2825 or rmulso@dwhomes.com.


2014 Stapleton Winter Welcome

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This is an annual open house for Stapleton’s East 29th Avenue retailers and the night when the lighting display kicks off. 29th Avenue will be closed from Quebec to Roslyn Street starting at 8:00 am on Friday, November 21st to set up for the event and the fun starts at 6 pm. Booths will be setup along the street and fountain area around the holiday tree. Booths include : a roasted almond vendor, fire pits complete with s’more making, hot chocolate, light necklaces and rings, face painting, a DJ and much more.

The Stapleton Master Community Association has arranged for  two “dancing” trees, complete with music, distributing candy canes. There will be carolers strolling up and down 29th Avenue. Local food trucks will be selling yummy treats too! So bring some extra spending money!

Many of the activities will require a ticket. Tickets are $2 each and can be purchased at the MCA ticket booth located in the street in front of Etai’s. All proceeds from the s’mores, almonds and light necklaces will go to Girl Scout Troop #653, The Urban Farm, Bluff Lake Nature Center and Sand Creek Greenway. In fact, Bluff Lake Nature Center and Sand Creek Regional Greenway will be selling glow sticks.

Also don’t miss the red carpet for all the winners of the Dogs of Stapleton calendar.  You may just get a paw-graph if you are lucky! Stop by 7350 East 29th Ave (between The Berkshire and Stapleton Cleaners) to pick up your copy of the 2015 Dog of Stapleton calendar.

The Winter Welcome event will begin at 6 pm on Friday, November 21st in Stapleton’s East 29th Avenue Town Center.


Orangetheory – Coming December 2014

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Orangetheory Fitness will be opening mid-December in the East 29th Avenue Town Center.

Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) offers a unique workout with 60 minute sessions that include cardio and strength training, providing a full body workout every class. Heart-rate based interval training allows every member to work at their own level. This is what is called Group Personal Training. A heart rate monitor worn during class ensures OTF members reach the Orange Zone for at least 12 to 20 minutes of their workout, meaning 84% to 91% of the max heart rate, entering the anaerobic zone, and providing additional caloric burn for up to 36 hours post workout.

“Group Personal Training” means the best of all worlds. Members are provided the support and encouragement of a group environment while Trainers provide customization to adjust to the skill level and needs of each individual. Pre-class warm up and post-class stretches round out the one hour experience.

OTF team members are passionate about building expectations and schedules around each member’s goals, building an inspiring and supportive community and making sure to incorporate a lot of fun!

Sign up now to become a founding member at rates that will only last until the studio opens. These prices are secure for the life of your membership and include participation in multiple days of free classes prior to OTF opening the doors to the public.

All premier members are eligible to participate in the fit challenge starting early January. This 6 week challenge ends with one member winning $2,500! Space is limited so be sure to secure a spot today.

A special VIP night will be held mid December to celebrate this new fitness community and kick off an exciting journey of health and well-being.

Orangetheory Fitness will be located at 7349 East 29th Ave.

For more information visit the Orangetheory website or email studio0249@OrangeTheoryFitness.com.


Strictly Bizness at the Stapleton Visitor Center


Forest City Stapleton hosted more than 60 members of Denver’s African American business community at the Denver Black Pages (DBP) Strictly Bizness Nite networking event on October 28th.

Strictly Bizness brings together Denver’s African American business community and other corporate partners for an evening of business-building opportunities, vendor presentations, networking, refreshments and entertainment.

Held on a crisp autumn evening at the Stapleton Visitors Center, guests were welcomed by DBP’s founder Carla Ladd and Forest City’s Director of Marketing, Tasha Jones.

We’re so excited to host Strictly Bizness and have you all here,” Jones said. “We’re eager to get to know you and show you all of the wonderful things taking place in this great community.”

Jones provided an overview of the many great neighborhoods of Stapleton including homes sold to date, and the diverse mix of residents, business opportunities, schools and transit-oriented options available.

Tim Harrington, Executive Managing Director for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank also enlightened the crowd with Forest City Stapleton’s Business Ready features, including available office spaces, prime locations, amenities, and the availability of Business Ready tours for business owners.

If you’re looking for new office space, or considering relocating to a new space, Stapleton has a wide variety of selections to fit almost every need at prices lower than you’ll find in downtown Denver,” he said.

Stapleton’s proximity to light rail was also heralded as a major convenience for both employers and their employees.

“I’m so grateful for the support of Forest City Stapleton,” said Ladd. “Strictly Bizness is one of our most popular networking opportunities and I’m pleased to have it hosted in such a beautiful venue, and for the partnership we’ve forged with Forest City Stapleton.”


Millennials Can Have it All at Stapleton


By Greg Nelson, Colorado Real Estate Sales

Among the many joys of selling homes, finding the perfect fit for growing families is at the top of my list. Not only do you get to assist families with finding the balance between their needs and wants, you play an integral role in shaping their life stories for years to come.

I had the opportunity to be reminded of this recently when I sold another home in Stapleton. With all of the real estate products available in Stapleton, it was easy to begin and finish in search for them in this growing community.

David and Jennifer were living on Denver’s west side and had never really considered Stapleton as an option.

During our initial interview, I discovered a few things that helped me guide them to their new home; I knew we wouldn’t have to look further than Stapleton.

They loved the outdoors and were very active hikers, campers and runners. They also have a dog (Simon), enjoy gardening and are expecting their first child soon. They love the environment and are committed to living an eco-friendly lifestyle in a diverse neighborhood.

Basically, they were seeking a home in a community that would complement their love of the outdoors, values and growing family.

Stapleton definitely fit the bill.

I located a single-family home that suited them perfectly in Stapleton’s South End neighborhood, built by KB Home.

It’s beautiful, diverse and it fits their lifestyle perfectly. With three bedrooms, a garden, room for a nursery, David and Jennifer found their ideal, move-in ready home just waiting for them.

Their new home is steps away from Stapleton’s dog park, Central Park and community garden.  There are 38 miles of walking and bike trails, six community pools and a public library.

Once their new child is of age, there are 11 highly rated schools a short walk or drive away.

More than anything, they are in love with a home that will grow with them, and that’s gratifying for all of us.


StapleFun: The Shops at Northfield Stapleton


So Many New Stores…So Many Reasons to Shop!

By Molly Morrow, Director of Marketing, The Shops at Northfield Stapleton

I have a confession to make.

I’ve been hoarding.

No, not old newspapers from the year I was born (I’ll never tell!), or moldy loaves of bread (you never know when *those* might come in handy!). No, I’ve been hoarding GOOD NEWS. I’ve been hoarding ANNOUNCEMENTS. I’ve been hoarding NEW STORE OPENINGS!

Ok – here’s the scoop, in alphabetical order, because I’m Type A that way  —

Abode & Company
Home décor, galore! From contemporary and modern to boho-chic and vintage! Abode has furniture, artwork, tchotchkes, gourmet foods, luxurious bath products…seriously, everything. I just spent a full hour in there just wandering and looking and WANTING. I am so.excited.for this store!

Brothers Bar & Grill
Yep – as in the one downtown! Full-scratch kitchen, hand cut potato chips, frosty beverages a-flowin, and a killer kids menu – the perfect recipe for a new restaurant opening in the Stapleton community. Brothers Bar & Grill is set to open in early 2015.

Colorado Rustic Furnishings
Are you looking for that silly little bear that sits on your doorstep and says “Wipe Yer Paws”? How about an amazing piece of original artwork featuring Colorado’s mountains, meadows or wildlife? Either way, Colorado Rustic Furnishings is jam-packed with rustic mountain décor and gorgeous artwork painted by owner Jackie Campbell. Check out the huge mural she just painted on the wall next to her store. She is one talented lady!

El Forastero Western Wear
Fancy boots and hats and shirts and accessories. The real deal y’all. Psst – Stock Show is less than 3 months away. Time to “stock” up! Get it?

Hand and Stone Massage & Facial Spa
With services available such as massages, hot stone treatments, facials, peels and more – you may actually find me just officing remotely from a massage table in the spa. I wonder if I can have my extension forwarded directly…?  Set to open early November!

Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co.
So, my coworker came into my office the other day with some trail mix from Mountain Man. I think it was white chocolate cherry mix. And I inadvertently ate the entire bag. That about sums up how I feel. I could eat. The. Entire. Store.  Mountain Main offers nuts, dried fruits, Colorado souvenirs, and – sorry –  no more trail mix because I ate it all. Kidding.

Progresh Stop & Shop
Ok so you know when you’re watching the X-Games and these athletes are hucking themselves off jumps whilst clinging effortlessly to a bike or a skateboard or a scooter? Well, they have to learn somewhere and Progresh is the kind of place they learn.  Progresh Stop and Shop at Northfield just sells the scooters and helmets and such onsite but ALSO hooks you up with the information you need to learn this crazy stuff at his other locations in the Metro area.

Stapleton Family Karate
Family-owned and family-oriented, this four-year-old karate school has found its new home on Northfield’s Main Street. There are few cuter things in this world than seeing the “Little Dragons” (4-6 year olds) racing through Northfield to class in their tiny karate gi. Also offered, among other classes, is adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which I will *not* refer to as “adorable” lest I find myself in an immediate headlock for saying so…

Zen Asian Sushi Bar & Grill
The Zen menu reads like a novel of delicious Asian meals just waiting to get in my belly! Flatbreads, soups, salads, noodle dishes, beef, chicken, seafood, sushi, sushi and more sushi… You could just about eat here every day for a year and never repeat the same meal twice.  Oh and I have four words for you: Banana Caramel Spring Roll. You’re welcome.

I can’t wait to hear all about your experiences at our new shops and restaurants. I hope you fall in love with them as much as I clearly have!


8 Easy Steps to an Organized Thanksgiving


By Jill Fleming, SOS: Smart Organizing Solutions

I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving dinner is my favorite dinner of the year.  Turkey, potatoes, stuffing and pie.  Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.  However, preparing for it is another matter altogether.  But by creating a plan now, you can save yourself a lot of stress later.

1.     Clean.  Get ready for Turkey Day guests early by giving your home a thorough cleaning.  Give some extra love to guest rooms, guest bathrooms and your fridge and freezer.  That way, you only need to spot clean the day before your guests arrive.

2.    Decorate.  Once the house is clean, get into a festive mood with decorations.  I don’t do much in the way of Thanksgiving decorations.  But there are so many great (and easy!) ideas on the internet for wreaths and centerpieces, I’m going to give it a try this year.

3.    Put together your guest list.  Having a head count is key.

4.    Plan the meal.  Are you going to go it alone or make it a pot luck?   Most people opt for the pot luck plan.  Figure out what dishes you want to serve and then ask people what they’d like to bring.  You can also delegate by course: appetizers, drinks, dessert, sides, etc.

5.    Make a grocery list.  Once you know what you’re making, put together a shopping list.  Shop early for non-perishable items.  And, if you’re buying a frozen turkey, get it now.  You cleaned out the freezer so you have space for it. J  Save other fridge items for a few days before Thanksgiving.

6.    Plan out what you can do ahead of time.  Wash your serving dishes, make sure you have enough table linens and place settings, make sure you have enough chairs, plan your cooking schedule, and decide what you can prepare ahead of time.

7.    Prep early.  Don’t spend all of Turkey Day in the kitchen.  Enjoy this time with your family.  So much of this meal can be done ahead of time.  Chop veggies, bake pies, make the stuffing, thaw the turkey.  Do what you can early to minimize what you need to do the day of.

8.    Plan for leftovers.  If you want to send guests home with leftovers, make sure you have containers to send home with them.  If you don’t want to worry about getting your good Tupperware back, buy some inexpensive disposable containers.  My husband’s family has a wonderful Thanksgiving tradition.  After all the guests have left, the remainder of the turkey is used to create a fabulous base for soup.  It simmers all night and the next day.  Homemade noodles are thrown in at the last minute.  Even leftover mashed potatoes have a role in this day-after tradition.  A scoop of spuds goes at the bottom of the bowl, followed by the soup.  I know…it sounded weird when I first heard about it.  But trust me…the turkey noodle soup over potatoes is my 2nd favorite thing about Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!


The Stanley Aviation Building


By  Michelle Onoda, Estates Mortgage Group Inc.

When they Build it, Will YOU come?

New York has its Chelsea Market San Francisco. The Ferry Building Seattle Pike’s Place Market. And for Stapleton?

Scheduled for its Grand Opening in the Fall of 2015, there are claims it will be called the Stanley Marketplace.    Formerly the Stanley Aviation Headquarters located at 2501 Dallas Street in Aurora, Colorado, this 22 acre, 100,000 sq. ft.  area is being transformed into a most unique urban marketplace

The Stanley Marketplace will host a mix of dining, shopping, recreation, an  indoor/outdoor event venue, office space as well as a spacious community park.   While the mix has yet to be clearly defined, the development group, Flightline Ventures states that they have 45 letters of intent to date.  Flightline Ventures partner Loren Ting states that esteemed Denver Chef, Kevin Taylor plans to open a restaurant and beer garden.   Also while adapting to a more casual environment than his other endeavors, will use the same high quality ingredients, creativity, and sustainable products that are a credit to his success.

Read the rest of the story here.


November 2014- RTD FasTracks East Rail Line News



Construction Completed

-Installation of vehicle detection loops and railroad crossing construction on Steele Street in Denver

-Erection of canopies at the Peoria Station commuter rail platform in Aurora

-Installation of permanent commuter rail alignment fencing on Smith Road between Dahlia and Holly streets

Construction Underway

-Roadway reconstruction on Chambers Road between 25th Drive and 32nd Avenue in Aurora

-Installation of canopies and electrical utility lines at the 38th/Blake Station in Denver

-Reconstruction of 33rd Avenue between Moline and Peoria streets in Aurora

Upcoming Construction

-Installation of the glass treatments on the pedestrian bridge at the 38th/Blake Station

-Multi-use trail construction between the 40th/Colorado Station and Albion Street

-Erection of canopies at the 40th/Colorado and 40th Ave. & Airport Blvd-Gateway Park stations

-Set final track on the I-70 Flyover Bridge in Aurora

For more project information: rtd-fastracks.com


REALGiving 2014


The 5th annual REALGiving2014 Campaign in Stapleton is underway to provide King Soopers’ gift cards for families in need for Thanksgiving. Last year Stapleton area Realtors, Forest City, builders, lenders, and friends raised over $5000 to assist 70+ families at Westerly Creek, Bill Roberts, McAuliffe and baskets at Smith Elementary. This year the need is again identified at 70+ families at the neighborhood schools. We are asking for your assistance to help purchase 70+ King Soopers gift cards with a minimum value of $70 for the identified families.

To donate you can click either of the links below:

http://bit.ly/REALGiving2014 or


Once you are on the donation page please enter your information and scroll down for donation package details via the secure REALGiving page.

Any contributions on this site are directly allocated to the REALGiving effort and support families in need at the schools, or supporting food pantries. Donations are tax deductible. The gift cards will be loaded on Wednesday, November 19th and delivered to the schools on Thursday, November 20th before the holiday break. Thanks to the Westerly Creek PTA for powering the secure giving site to allow you to donate via credit card.

For more info and updates please visit the REALGiving Facebook page.



Give Back: Denver Children’s Home


Just a few minutes of your time can make a huge difference… take a look at volunteer opportunities with Denver Children’s Home.

Denver Children’s Home is located at 1501 Albion Street and is the first nonprofit in the State of Colorado. Throughout their 138- year history of service the organization has consistently met the needs of children and families. Denver Children’s Home restores hope and health to traumatized children and families through a comprehensive array of therapeutic, educational and community-based services.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Here are several volunteer opportunities that Denver Children’s Home offers:

  • Fundraiser Planning: Have creative ideas for fundraising? Help raise money for the kids and family by creating events.
  • Property Projects: Love the outdoors? Sponsor or host projects that include landscaping, painting etc.
  • Activities and Performances: Reveal your creative side! Facilitate fun activities or cool performances for the kids.For more information contact Denver Children’s Home at 303.399.4890 or email info@denverchildrenshome.org

Stapleton Food Drive Results


Thank you for helping to make the 2014 Stapleton Community Food Drive a success!

This year, with your support, the equivalent of 23,578 pounds of food, or 18,420 meals was collected in support of the Food Bank of the Rockies. Hope to see these great results again next year.

Also want want to thank all of the partners that helped out with the food drive this year!

Amore Fiori

Ben Gehde – Senior Mort. Consult.

Bill Roberts School

Blue Creek

Dance Institute

Denver Discovery School

Etai’s Bakery Café

First Bank

Isabella Bird Community School

McAuliffe International School

Mici Handcrafted Italian

Mike Giles Family Karate

New Perspective Real Estate

Thrive Home Builders

Odyssey School of Denver

Quebec Family Dentistry


Stapleton Fellowship Church

Stapleton MCA

Stapleton Orthodontics

Stapleton Visitor Center


Swigert International School

The Grubbery

Weikel Building Co.

Wine Cellars at Stapleton

Wonderland Homes


Say hello to next year’s candid canines!


This year Stapleton’s residents kicked it up a notch with their photography skills! We received more than 130 photo submissions for the 2015 Dogs of Stapleton calendar. The task of narrowing the field down to only 26 winners (including the cover, back cover and runner-ups) was quite difficult this year.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who submitted a photo of their furry best friend(s). With the season changing and the holidays coming up, don’t forget to grab your camera and capture these picture perfect moments of your dogs (snow photos are always great) for 2016 submissions.

The official debut of the printed 2015 Dogs of Stapleton Calendar will be at Stapleton’s Winter Welcome on Friday, November 21st (6 pm start). Stop by 7350 East 29th Ave to  meet the winners and get your copy of the calendar.

See you soon!


-Cover Photo: Lucy (above)                                                                             

January: Kika


March: Bella Cervantes

April: Roux

May: JD

June: Puffis and Lochis

July: Dexter

August: Sally and George

September: Payton

October: Bokeh

November: Stella

December: Kuba

Back Cover: Ling Ling

Runners Up:

January: Rudy                           

February: Penny

March: Charlie and Lilly

April: Bella and Brady

May: Victoria

June: Nigel

July: Lola

August: Cami

September: Chesney

October: Nacho and Mia

November: Stella Rose

December: Webster and Daisy


Goddard School – Coming 2015

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The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Specially trained teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners.

The new school will be located at 4901 N. Wabash Street, and is expected to open in Spring.

The Goddard School will host a private enrollment event on November 12th. Join them from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stapleton Visitor Center (4928 Uinta St.) to meet school owners and learn about the Goddard program. Early enrollment opportunities and specials will also be available.

Learn more about the Goddard School +


Stapleton’s Farmers Market


By Dyllan Nguyen and Michelle Onoda

With slivers of crispness in the air signaling Fall is just about here, where can you go and enjoy a relaxed Sunday stroll with enjoying the tastes, treats and flavors of Stapleton with family, friends, neighbors and a variety of dogs? The Stapleton Farmers Market at Founder’s Green at East 29th Avenue at Roslyn Street provides the backdrop for food trucks, endless tables with organic fruits, vegetables, sweets and hand-crafted items.

As we sampled the wares of artisan pickles, fruit pies, Italian meringue buttercream frosted cakes, family recipe tamales, breads, muffins, fruits and veggies, we happened upon The Humble Pie Store, actually table.   See what happens next here.


Congratulation to Thrive Home Builders for Winning Grand Award!


Thrive Home Builders Named America’s Most Sustainable, Forward-Thinking Builder

U.S. Department of Energy presents Grand Award for Housing Innovation to Denver-based company

(DENVER – Oct. 09, 2014) For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Energy has named Thrive Home Builders the winner of its highest Housing Innovation Award, recognizing the sustainable production builder as the standard bearer for zero energy ready homes.

Thrive Home Builders received the Zero Energy Ready Home Grand Award on Sept. 23 at the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance’s annual Excellence in Building Conference & Expo, hosted in St. Louis. The builder was chosen as the Grand Award recipient from seven finalists and innovation award winners in the Production Builder Awards category. Zero energy ready homes represent a whole new level of home performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health and durability.

“The best building scientists in the world judge these awards,” Thrive Home Builders CEO Gene Myers said. “For Thrive Home Builderts to receive the Grand Award for two consecutive years affirms our team’s hard work and commitment and places Thrive Home Builders among the best in both environmental science and design. This is an award for customers, too: It assures them that they are buying the best home in the market.”

DOE Zero Energy Ready Home awards are presented to a select group of top builders in the country that are changing the way homes are designed and constructed. The honor signifies that the builder’s innovation and leadership are among the best in the industry, that it meets extraordinary levels of excellence and quality, and that its vision paves the way for housing best practices.

Judging examines a number of factors, including indoor air quality, water conservation and durability. Thrive Home Builder’s high score in all of these areas, Myers said, indicates that its homes are better for individuals with health issues, are good for the environment and will hold their value. With the builder’s practices being so far ahead, Myers added, homeowners have assurances that their investment will remain in front of often-changing building codes.

Bill Rectanus, Thrive Home Builders vice president of homebuilding operations, noted that, through design innovation, the company creates energy efficiency while still maintaining affordability, using proven construction techniques and traditional housing design. Its homes remain competitive in price and within average pricing ranges for Denver homes, he said.

“Zero Energy Ready Homes are the future for U.S. housing, and we need builders like Thrive Home Builders to get us there, ” said Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office. “That a group of independent national housing experts selected Thrive Home Builders as a Grand Winner of the Housing Innovation Awards among other accomplished Zero Energy Ready Home builders for two years in a row is a remarkable achievement and testimony to the company’s outstanding commitment to proven innovations. We know that Zero Energy homes provide a vastly superior consumer experience at lower ownership cost – and an experience that all Americans should want in their next new home.”

About Thrive Home Builders

Thrive Home Builders is an award-winning, Colorado-based homebuilder and a leader in the design and construction of energy-efficient homes since 1993. With a commitment to living that is sustainable, beautiful and affordable, Thrive Home Builders was Colorado’s first production builder to equip homes with solar panels as a standard feature and the first production builder to offer a Zero Energy option on all single family homes in Denver. Today the company offers award-winning, DOE Certified Zero Energy and Zero Energy homes designed in the a neo-classical style throughout Denver and its suburbs. For more information, visit www.thrivehomebuilders.com/.


Meet Angie Rivera-Malpiede


Going Places
Angie Rivera-Malpiede, RTD Board of Directors
Interview by: Gin Butler, Stapleton Visitor Center Ambassdor

There are so many things we in Stapleton take for granted. For instance, buses will be running, commuter rail will be here early 2016, bike/walking paths will be handy and cleaned in the winter, etc. However, those things don’t just happen. In the case of Stapleton, there is a fantastic person who manages that responsibility: Angie Rivera-Malpiede!

I recently had the opportunity to sit with Angie and speak with her about who she is and what she does for Stapleton.

Angie came to the Stapleton Foundation in 2002, after a national search was conducted for the position of Director of the Transportation Management Association (TMA- now known as the Northeast Transportation Connections). Being a resident of Denver, she was surprised to get the call asking her if she would agree to do an interview. She was further surprised because she was enjoying her position with Mi Casa Resource Center, a non-profit working to advance the economic success of Latino and other working families.

Angie had been raised by a very strong mother, who took her by the hand at a very early age going door -to-door collecting money for the Easter Seal Drive. That was her introduction to “giving back” to her community and she recognized that non-profit work and helping her community was her life’s calling. Thus began her professional life in the community: Girl Scouts, Mi Casa, the Denver Center for Crime Victims, and others.  Now that she was being offered a position in transportation, she had to figure out the position and how it would satisfy her need to give back. Given her skills and background, it didn’t take her long to blend the two.

First of all, she loves the infrastructure of Stapleton and its design that promotes the use of alternative transportation; walking to work, the grocery store, the park, the doctor’s office, restaurants, entertainment, etc.  The design encourages people to interact more with their neighbors and the individuals they do business with, in an environmentally friendly way.

As a result, she took that plan and applied it to the Northeast Denver community as a whole. Now she is an elected official on the RTD Board of Directors. She now Chairs their Civil Rights Committee.  When she was the Secretary of the Board she was privileged to have her signature on the Two Billion dollar Union Station contract, which has now been named one of the “Icons of the West”. Additionally, she has been appointed by the White House to the American Public Transportation Association (APTS).

With all of her professional accomplishments, Angie’s family life is equally a great source of pride for her.  She is a mother of two daughters; Jennifer, who is on the Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council and Karly, who is with the Urban Land Conservancy, proving that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. She will quickly tell you her two daughters are her greatest success. She recognized early on that education was the way to empower her daughters so they could be successful; and they are.

How does Stapleton benefit having Ms. Rivera-Malpiede on our side? My personal observation would be from her commitment, tenacity, goal setting, energy & her dynamic personality. My professional observation would be from her extensive network, her knowledge base and her ability to keep Denver and the Stapleton community in the forefront of transportation innovation.  Her efforts, and the advancements in Denver, encourage businesses to locate/relocate here, enhancing economic development. This in turn allows for the resources needed to keep improving these transportation initiatives.

It is clear that the Stapleton community will continue to grow and succeed with Angie on our side!


Bluff Lake Nature Center Campaign Kick-Off Event


As you may have heard, Bluff Lake has recently embarked on a one-year, $375,000 campaign to save their lake and enhance the site, making for an overall improved visitor experience. They are hosting a kick-off event on Thursday, October 16 at 6 p.m. at CoBiz Bank, 821 17th Street in Denver.

They would love it if you could join them! Please RSVP to Kristi Wimbish, at kwimbish@blufflake.org. Additionally, they would love for you to help them multiply our reach by sharing this invitation with your friends and family.

At the event, you’ll be able to:

  • Talk with other BLNC supporters
  • Enjoy food and drink
  • Watch a newly unveiled video about our lake campaign, featuring famed Colorado photographer John Fielder, former Governor Bill Ritter, and Denver City Councilor Christopher Herndon.
  • Learn more about the lake project from a brief program

Hope to see you there!


October 2014- RTD FasTracks East Rail Line News

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Construction Completed

-Installation of vehicle detection loops and railroad crossing construction on Holly Street in Denver

-Erection of canopies at the Central Park Station platform in Denver

-Construction of the elevator tower at the 40th Ave. & Airport Blvd Gateway Park Station in Aurora

Construction Underway

-Roadway reconstruction and sidewalk installation on Smith Road, east of Chambers Road in Aurora

-Corridor protection barrier installation on 40th Avenue between Blake and York streets in Denver

-Albion Street utility relocations and roadway median removals in preparation for roadway reconstruction project in Denver

Upcoming Construction

-Installation of the plinths (concrete blocks which hold the rail) for the I-70 Flyover in Aurora

-Electrical transformer installation at the 40th/Colorado and 38th/Blake stations in Denver

-Reconstruction of 33rd Avenue between Moline and Peoria streets in Aurora

-Erection of station canopies at the Peoria Station in Aurora

Feature of the Month: RTD Commuter Rail Vehicles

-Heavier and travel faster than light rail vehicles, but operate in a similar way, using overhead electric lines

-Will travel up to 79 miles per hour, go longer distances and make fewer stops than a typical light rail system

-Passengers will be able to walk directly from the station platform onto the vehicles without climbing stairs, as each door offers level boarding

For more project information: rtd-fastracks.com


Celebrating Halloween In Stapleton!


When it comes to Halloween, the Stapleton community is quite a treat. To celebrate one of the most thrilling holidays all year, we’re giving away great treats if you know the special Stapleton tricks.

Secret Stapleton Spells

Throughout October, we will be crafting “secret spells” on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to unlock hidden treats. On those haunting days, you can use the magic words to cast a spell on the lovely ladies at the Visitor Center and they’ll give you a special treat. The spells have special effects when you’re dressed up in your Halloween costume too! If you visit the Visitor Center in your costume and cast the spell on that day, you’ll also be entered in to win a $50 gift card for Northfield.


Frankenstein’s mansion? Mad scientist lab? Haunted graveyard? Whether you’re going with a haunted house theme or a festive autumnal celebration, take a picture of your Halloween-inspired house decorations and upload it to Instagram using the hashtag: #SpookyStapleton.

We will be compiling all of the entries and sharing them on Facebook during the last week of October. Stapleton fans will vote for their favorite Spooky Stapleton house and the winner will receive a $150 gift certificate to Northfield Stapleton. Let’s get spooky!

P.S. – if you need a little inspiration don’t forget to check out our Halloween Front Porches Pinterest board.

Good luck and Happy Halloween!


Cabinet in the Community


On behalf of Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, we want to invite you, your family, and friends to the quarterly Cabinet in the Community town hall meeting. The town hall is scheduled for Saturday, November 1st at William Bill Roberts School located at 2100 Akron Way, Denver, CO from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Cabinet in the Community is a unique opportunity for members of the community to come and hear brief presentations by Mayor Michael B. Hancock, as well as his cabinet members on important issues pertaining to their neighborhood, District 11, and the City and County of Denver. Community members will be given an opportunity to speak face-to-face with the Mayor and members of his cabinet following the presentations. Continental breakfast will be available. There will be a ‘Community Fair’ as well, with demonstrations from Denver Fire Department, Denver Police Department, Animal Care and Control Pet Adoption and others.


Easy Steps to an Organized Holiday Season – Halloween Edition


By Jill Fleming, SOS: Smart Organizing Solutions

You know the holidays are close when Halloween candy hits store shelves.  Good grief!  Time flies!  But don’t let holiday preparation spook you.  Create a game plan for a stress-free holiday season.

Here are 7 easy steps to a more organized Halloween!

1.    Plan ahead.  Make a list of everything you’d like to do for Halloween:  costumes, party plans, visiting a pumpkin patch, going on a hay ride, pumpkin carving and, of course, trick-or-treating.

2.    Decorate. Hopefully everything is together in one place.  If not, when you’re finished with them this year, store your decorations in an organized fashion to make next year even easier!  If you’re carving pumpkins, try to wait until the weekend before so they stay fresh.

3.    Costumes.  If you plan to buy a costume, shop early so you have a better selection.  Same goes for renting a costume.  If you want to make your own, take some time to figure out what you’ll need to make sure that 1) you can do it and 2) you have all the supplies.  Thrift stores are a great place to find great deals.

4.    Treats.  Buy Halloween candy early.  Lots of stores offer great deals early in the month.  I typically buy candy I DON’T like so I’m not tempted to “sample” it all month long, saving myself additional trips to the store for more candy.

5.    Party Plans.  If you plan to host a party, put together a prep list.  Who will you invite?  What will you cook?  Put together a music list and then put together the actual play list.  Will you need extra decorations inside and out?  What kind of fun games will you have?  Plan and prep as early as you can so you spend the night of your party enjoying yourself.

6.    School activities.  Get dates marked on your calendar so you have treat bags and costumes ready to go.  Also check with the school about any restrictions as far as the kind of treats your child can bring.

7.    Trick or Treat.  If you plan to join friends or family on the big night, set up a time and location to meet.  Give each child a glow stick or something else that makes them easy to see in the dark.  And remember to sort candy once you get home.  Yes, it’s tempting to munch as you go, but for safety’s sake, wait until you get home unless you know the person who gave you the treat.  Anything without a wrapper should be thrown out.

Hope everyone has a Spooktacular Halloween!


Stapleton Fulfills Wide Variety for Home Buyer Needs & Desires


By Jason Cummings, Kentwood Real Estate

One of the great things about working with home builders, and prospective new home buyers at the Stapleton master-planned community, is the remarkable variety of high quality homes.  Nearly every budget consideration, square footage, style, and location near amazing amenities can be fulfilled in a grand manner.

Infinity Home Collection, for example, offers an extraordinary array of new homes that have captured the hearts of discriminating buyers in record numbers.  The privately owned local builder brings a unique spirit to the residential building industry.  The management team at Infinity believes that possibilities are endless, and they strive diligently to provide consumers with the best value in the industry.

I have been working closely with Infinity Home Collection and other leading builders at Stapleton to provide a rewarding home buying experience that buyers will enjoy for a lifetime to come.  Infinity offers excellent architecture, quality construction, outstanding floorplans, and very stylish interior appointments.

Infinity’s new homes in Stapleton’s Conservatory Green and Willow Park East neighborhoods are particularly popular, and the builder has sold more than 100 new homes over the past 18 months.  Buyers can enjoy up to more than 5,200 finished square feet and up to six bedrooms.  And the lifestyle at Stapleton is simply among the best available anywhere in the country.

Denver’s former airport has evolved into one of the nation’s finest master-planned communities.  Stapleton, while still under development, showcases 50 parks with more on the way.  There are plenty of places to explore.  Residents can bike to the 80-acre Central Park, stroll through numerous neighborhood greenbelts, and wander along Westerly Creek.  Your green neighborhood retreat is never far from home.


Core Power Yoga is Back


Dear Stapleton Yoga Enthusiasts,

We are excited to announce that CorePower Yoga in Stapleton is back in business.  There are no words that can convey our love for you as our community and our appreciation for your patience doing this challenging time.

All classes are in our original location, 7485 E. 29th Place.  Please join us for the grand RE-OPENING and show your support for this independently owned small business.  We have tons of discounts and special yoga packages.  Your mat is waiting for you.


Dakini and the whole STP teaching family


StapleFun: Halloween


By Aubrey Cornelius, Sprocket Communications

Pumpkin spice lattes, candy corns and decorative gourds – it’s officially fall! And we know that while all holidays are joyously observed in Stapleton, Halloween may be the ultimate community celebration.

In fact, we interviewed two best friends – and Stapleton residents – about their plans for Halloween.

Ava and Maya, both age 7:

What are you planning to dress up as?

Ava: A cowgirl with a big hat and cool boots.

Maya: I’m doing a pirate thing.

What is your favorite part of Halloween?

Ava and Maya laughing in unison: TRICK OR TREATING.

Ava: I like to eat the candy while I am trick or treating so I don’t waste any.

Maya: I also like to carve pumpkins and make them extra scary.

What was I thinking – of course trick or treating is the best. What’s your favorite candy?

Maya: I don’t know, Twizzlers?

Ava: Definitely Skittles – especially the red ones. I give the yellow and greens to my sisters.

What is your favorite part of living in Stapleton:

Ava: I have a lot of friends and they all live nearby. I like to walk home from school with them and we go to each other’s houses.

Maya: There are lots of parks to play in, and each one is different.

Looking for pumpkins to carve or adorn your front porch? don’t forget about the Stapleton Pumpkin Patch held on Sunday, October 12 from 8:30am – 12pm on The South Green. Shoppers will receive a coupon for every $5 they spend at the vendors’ booths, and coupons can be redeemed for a free pumpkin.

In fact, if you think your Stapleton porch is the spookiest, snap a photo and upload it to Instagram using the hashtag #SpookyStapleton. During the last week of October, all of the #SpookyStapleton images will be uploaded into a Facebook album on the Stapleton Facebook page, and fans will vote for their favorite by “liking” their favorite image.

And if you need to score oversized spiders, cobwebs and fake tombstones, make sure to visit Halloween City for a great selection of spooky décor. The store is now open in The Shops at Northfield Stapleton and located in between Bass Pro Shops and Target.


Behind the List: Demand drives Denver-area Homebuilder Growth


By: Molly Armbrister, Reporter – Denver Business Journal

Homebuilders on the Denver Buisness Journal’s 2014 busiest-homebuilders list increased the number of metro-area homes completed by 46 percent from the number built a year earlier.

Some of the growth can be attributed to the fact that ther are four more builders on the 2014 list, with 19 entries, than on the 2013 list, which had 15 enteries.

But the bulk of that growth is a result of rapidly improving residential real estate market, as buyers finally comfortable enough in the market to buy a new home snap them up almost as soon as they hit the market.

…. Louisville based Boulder Creek Neighborhoods…. The company specializes in homes for the “active adult” demographic, said David Sinkey, founder and president of Boulder Creek.

Read the entire article on the DBJ’s website, or download the PDF here.


New at Northfield!

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Visit these new stores and restaurants, now open in The Shops at Northfield Stapleton:

Colorado Rustic Furnishings (Macy’s Courtyard)

El Forastero Western Wear (Harkins Courtyard)

Halloween City (Between Bass Pro Shops and Target)

Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co. (Main Street Plaza)

Stapleton Family Karate (Main Street)

Zen Asian Sushi Bar & Grill (Main Street Plaza)

And watch for these new locations, coming soon:

Abode & Co. (Macy’s Courtyard)

Brother’s Bar & Grill (Across from Harkins Courtyard)

Greenway Dent Solutions (Halloween City Parking Lot)

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa (Main Street)

For more information, check out The Shops at Northfield Directory +


Drury Inn & Suites Denver Stapleton Now Open!

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Drury Inn & Suites Denver Stapleton, located at 4550 North Central Park Blvd., is now open.

Situated between downtown Denver and Denver International Airport, the Drury Inn & Suites Denver-Stapleton is less than five minutes away from major local attractions – and a great place to visit for business or leisure!

The Drury Inn & Suites has 180 rooms, including two-room suites, and features a variety of services for a comfortable stay.

Wake up each morning to a free hot breakfast! Take your pick from a selection of great breakfast items including scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy, sausage and make-your-own Belgian waffles. In the evening, join the 5:30 Kickback® for free hot food and cold beverages.

Stay connected with complimentary local calls and wireless internet, as well as 60 minutes of long distance calling.

See what else the Drury Inn & Suites Denver Stapleton has to offer +


September 2014- RTD FasTracks East Rail Line News

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Construction Completed

-Installation of corridor protection barrier wall along Smith Road between Colorado Boulevard and Dahlia Street in Denver

-Asphalt paving at the 40th/Colorado Station on Jackson Street and 42nd Avenue

-Pedestrian bridge erection at the 38th/Blake Station which will connect the Park-n-Ride to the station

Construction Underway

-Canopy installation at the Central Park Station platform

-Track construction and decking installation on the nearly 5,000-foot long I-70 Flyover Bridge in Aurora

-Utility relocations and roadway repaving at the 38th/Blake Station Park-n-Ride on Wynkoop Street between 38th and 40th streets

Upcoming Construction

-Installation of overhead electrical wire to power the commuter rail trains along Smith Road in Aurora

-Reconstruction of 33rd Avenue between Moline and Peoria streets as part of the Peoria Station area work

-40th Avenue/Albion Street realignment between Colorado Boulevard and Smith Road in Denver

For more project information: rtd-fastracks.com


Colorado Rustic Furnishings Now Open!

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Stapleton welcomes Colorado Rustic Furnishings to The Shops at Northfield Stapleton!

Colorado Rustic Furnishings offers rustic log furniture, custom built. They also have accessories galore – from art and florals to wedding and gifts.

Visit their new store, located near Macy’s and Verizon Wireless, to explore their unique products!


Stapleton Family Karate is Moving to Northfield!

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Stapleton Family Karate is moving to The Shops at Northfield Stapleton this September.

Stapleton Family Karate uses Karate to teach priceless life skills. These life skills include Confidence, Perseverance, Respect, Focus, and Self Control. Stapleton Family Karate is family owned and operated by Micah Martin and his wife, Erin Martin. Together with their professional staff, they are committed to making sure every student has a blast learning karate!

Visit The Shops’ website for the new location, or find out more about Stapleton Family Karate +


StapleFUN: Stapleton Rocks


StapleFun is a series of stories about what set Stapleton apart – from homes & apartments to businesses & amenities. Enjoy this compilation or articles about our StapleFun!

By Diane Deeter, Community Director, Stapleton MCA

Our annual Stapleton Rocks concert is scheduled for Saturday, September 6th from 10:30 am-10pm on Main Street in Northfield.  The Denver Children’s Home is the “cause” this year.  Money will be raised by ticket sales for activities and by the purchases at our concession stand.  Activities this year will begin at 11am and will conclude at 6pm.  The activities include a stilt party, hamster balls, a skateboard simulator, face painting, a magician and the quad bungee trampoline.

The schedule for the bands is listed below.


10:45am Neighborhood Music Stapleton
11:15am Steam Train
12:30pm The Downey Sisters
1:15pm Rockridge Ramblers
2:00pm Nightingale Symphony
2:45pm Fools in the Rain
3:30pm School of Rock
4:15pm Natasha Olson Guitar Studio
5:00pm Wabash Cannonballs
5:45pm Control Tower
6:30pm Starcar Sunday
7:15pm Sophie Levine
8:00pm 3 Star Monday
8:45pm Mossgatherers
9:30pm Mile High Dance Music


Taking the stage at 2pm, Nightingale Symphony is comprised of five band members ranging in age from 13 to 16. Their sound is self-described as “angsty, alternative rock with a hint of indie” and includes a mix of covers and original songs. This is their first time performing at Stapleton Rocks, and they’re most excited about introducing their band to a new fan base.

A few hours later The Wabash Cannonballs, a perennial Stapleton Rocks favorite, will rock out with their take on fun, classic and modern covers. Named for a bandmember’s son whose father referred to his grandson as the “Wabash Cannonball”, a ball of energy in their home on Wabash Street in Stapleton, they first played Stapleton Rocks the year he was born, and the name stuck.

Bandmembers Steve Smith and Natasha Olson-Smith have two young boys and consider Stapleton an ideal place to raise a family. In fact, they teach guitar and have a music studio in their home. Visit Natasha Olson Music for more info.

“It’s not often you get to play a festival with so many great bands where the audience skews younger, which is always so much fun. We love to see the kids dancing in circles – even when we play the headier music.”


The Season’s Last Gardening Class


Bryant Mason, Stapleton’s chief gardening officer, will hold the last, free gardening class of the season at 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 10 at the Stapleton Visitor Center (4928 Uinta St.).

Interested in harvesting vegetables through December? You won’t want to miss this class… Bryant will present on how to prepare your gardens for the first frost, along with tips on how to quickly ripen vegetables. Learn tips on how to build a cold frame for your garden beds and more.

There will also be plenty of Q&A time for relevant garden questions as gardens enter the last half of the growing season.

TO RSVP for the fall and winter gardening class, email Tammy at tammytran@forestcity.net by Monday, September 8. The class is limited to 30 participants, so hurry to add your name to the list before spaces fill up! All participants will receive their very own Stapleton garden gift and fresh veggies from our gardens (depending on availability).

Read more about gardening!


2015 Dogs of Stapleton Calendar

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Grab your camera and start snapping photos!

It’s that time of the year for our Stapleton residents to submit photos of their furry best friends for the 2015 Dogs of Stapleton calendar.

Stapleton residents have now received their exclusive invitation to send in one or two (maximum) of their favorite dog photos to info@stapletondenver.com. Only dogs who are current residents of Stapleton are eligible to participate.

With each photo entry, remember to include the name of your furry friend, age and breed and of course your phone number and Stapleton home address so we can notify the winners.

Don’t wait! Entry deadline is September 30th. Winners will be announced in mid-October.

Until then enjoy the photos from this year’s winners!


United Properties Building More Industrial Space in Stapleton

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By: Molly Armbrister, Denver Business Journal

United Properties Colorado LLC will expand its existing industrial space in Stapleton by 466,000 square feet, bringing its total space in the area to nearly 1.2 million square feet.

A division of Bloomington, Minn.-based United Properties, the Colorado branch of the company broke ground earlier in August, said Mike Wafer, executive managing director at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, broker for the existing and expanded properties.

United Properties’ Enterprise Business Center is located off Interstate 70 and Havana Street in Stapleton, and the existing space there is 96 percent pre-leased or committed to, Wafer said. New tenants are already expressing interest in the expansion, which is expected to be complete in April.

Read the full story +

Learn more about United Properties +


August 2014 – RTD FasTracks East Rail Line News



Construction Completed
•  Installation of overhead catenary system wire to power the commuter rail lines along 78th Avenue
•  Reconstruction and installation of the railroad crossings at Dahlia and Ulster streets in Denver
•  Relocation of wet utilities at the 40th/Colorado Station at 42nd Avenue and Jackson Street
Construction Underway
•  Roadway repaving and utility relocations on Moline Street between 33rd Avenue and Smith Road
•  Reconstruction of the Steele and Holly streets railroad crossing in Denver
•  Track construction on the commuter rail alignment from Clayton to Steele streets
Upcoming Construction
•  Installation of canopies on the Peoria and Central Park station platforms
•  Installation of rail signal gates at the Havana Street railroad crossing
•  Corridor protection barrier construction along 40th Avenue in Denver
•  Relocation of utilities at Blake and 40th streets

For more project information: rtd-fastracks.com


Ambassador Adventures


As a Stapleton Visitor Center Ambassador, I meet so many individuals interested in Stapleton’s growth and the vast array of neighborhood options.

Now, as an Ambassador, we don’t get to really “know” our potential homeowners; however, we introduce them to the overall community. Typically, they subsequently buy a home. And they even occasionally stop by, after they’ve moved in, to get an update on the community. In the case of Janet and Joe Kim, they took the interaction a step further.

Janet and Joe have made it a point to get to know us at the Stapleton Visitor Center. As soon as they realized they were going to share parking with the Visitor Center they made a point of contacting us to make sure they, or their contractors, weren’t infringing on our space. You see, they are the new homeowners of a Parkwood Beacon Hill Row home that shares an alley with the Visitor Center.

Over the last two months there have been the usual greetings, “Hi, how are you?, How are the kids?, When do I get to sample your BBQ?” (I used to manage a non-profit so I’m not bashful about begging and Joe is the owner of Dae Gee, a Korean BBQ restaurant!). Given this sampling of our conversations, you can imagine my surprise when Joe recently came to my rescue.

On July 3rd, anxious to leave work and enjoy the holiday weekend, my coworker Tammy noticed my passenger side tire was going flat. After calling Triple A, and being advised of a 90-minute wait, let’s just say I was not a “happy camper”.  Joe came to inquire about the problem and told me to cancel the request for Triple A. He then proceeded to take care of my tire.

Now to many of you, this would probably not be a major issue, but for me it was. You see, when I want to go somewhere I expect to get in my car, turn on the ignition and go. I don’t want to hear any strange sounds or see random lights flashing on the dashboard. So a flat tire was catastrophic for me!  All I could do was pace and attempt to put myself at ease, you know, by speaking incoherently.  Joe, however, remained calm while changing the tire. His wife Janet stood by to assist – mostly in helping to keep me calm. Within 15 minutes I was happily on my way.

To me this simple act of kindness was so special; and a prime example of the generosity I see daily in Stapleton’s new Conservatory Green neighborhood. So, a big THANKS to the Kims!

And that’s how we roll out here in Stapleton!

Learn more about Stapleton Visitor Center Ambassador, Gin Butler 


Stapleton – Through the Camera Lens


What do a fire hydrant, a fence, the Stapleton control tower, and a scarecrow have in common?

They are just a handful of found objects in our community that spell out the word STAPLETON.

Participants in the Found Object Photo Contest produced some clever snapshots of unique objects and architecture as they explored the nine neighborhoods of Stapleton.

A compilation poster, that combines all of the winning letters spelling out STAPLETON is being designed and will be available for sale at Stapleton Art and Framing, located in the East 29th Avenue Town Center.

Once completed, we’ll display the poster on our community blog, and on our Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram pages.

The winner’s names were dropped into a hat, and randomly chosen in the following order:

  • Grand Prize (digital camera):  Dane V. – E
  • First Prize ($100 Art and Framing gift certificate): Shawn B. – O
  • Second Prize ($50 Northfield gift card):  Mindee F. – L
  • Third Prize ($25 Northfield gift card): Terri D. – N
  • Runner ups (Framed compilation poster): Caroline B. – S; Rachel and Christine R. – A; Mindee F. – P; Xavier C. – T; Jackson F. – T

Safety Comes First for Stapleton Business RK Mechanical

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By: Paula Moore, Denver Business Journal

For Denver-based RK Mechanical Inc., part of being a world-class business involves constantly innovating and that includes making the workplace as safe and healthy as possible.

That means having a wellness strategy that includes offering discounted gym memberships, employing a full-time wellness coach and no doughnuts at meetings.

“We have a world-class company, and you can’t do that without having world-class people,” said Rick Kinning, RK Mechanical’s chairman and CEO. “We truly care about people. … Having a healthy workplace is part of our culture.”

“It just seems like the right thing to do,” Jon Kinning, RK’s chief operating officer, said of the company’s health and wellness efforts.

The family-owned business, with roughly 1,100 employees, is a full-service plumbing, mechanical and process piping contractor. Process piping is a type of pipework used to move materials such as chemicals and natural gas in industrial processes and manufacturing. RK’s local projects vary from the Spire condominiums and 1800 Larimer office building in downtown Denver to the University of Colorado Boulder’s Recreation Center renovation, but it’s also handled assignments in Germany, Portugal and Taiwan.

Read the full story +


Meet Your Neighbors: Thrive Home Builders


The Perfect Home
Meet Steve and Karen Robinson

Colorado is known as the sunshine state to many. With 300 days of annual sunshine, mild temperatures and record snowfalls, it’s always an adventure here.

Formerly  North Carolina residents, Steve and Karen decided that their next adventure would be to relocate to Denver, Colorado. With Steve’s kids all grown up, both Karen and Steve knew that they were ready for something different. They were ready for a different home, different scenery, different weather  and a different time zone. You see, Karen is from Wisconsin and is accustomed to the cold weather and snow.  She is also a diehard Green Bay Packers fan, which made the Mountain Time zone so appealing. Moving to Denver would mean that Karen could enjoy Monday Night football at a decent time and have energy to cheer on her Packers.   Plus she could enjoy all her primetime TV shows while the sun is still out.

Steve is a land guy- he worked with commercial real estate and he has 35 years’ experience with developers. He was compelled by the site plan and layout of Conservatory Green neighborhood that he found on Google Maps and was impressed with the overall master plan for Stapleton.

He knew he wanted to live in the Conservatory Green neighborhood.

“The Conservatory Green Neighborhood is a smart plan. It integrates the homes with open space and parks. It seems as though Forest City took what they learned from other neighborhoods and made it smarter.” –Steve Robinson

With a little more research, Steve knew exactly which lot he wanted for their new home. Thrive Home Builders was their builder. The Robinsons wanted to go with a local builder who understood what they wanted and would work well with them.

Loving all the aspects of the “green” options available through Thrive Home Builders, Karen and Steve chose the Z.E.N. (Zero Energy Now) collection.

Officially moved in since May 10, 2014, Karen and Steve are enjoying everything about their new home and their new neighborhood. They love that there is a playground right outside their front door, the convenience of The Shops of Northfield, the neighborhood block parties, cookouts, biking trails, and more.

“It reminds me of living in the mid-west. Everyone is so friendly here. The view from our home is amazing! You can see downtown ‘s city skyline from our bedroom and Longs’ Peak view is perfectly framed on the side of our porch.”- Karen Robinson

When asked how you would sell the Stapleton community to someone you were trying to convince to move here… Steve’s response:

“It has all the benefits of the large city, everything is here!”


Four Friends Kitchen Groundbreaking Ceremony



Four Friends Kitchen, a new Southern brunch focused restaurant, will have a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, July 31st, at 2:00 PM in Stapleton’s East 29th Avenue Town Center.

Denver, CO (July 30, 2014) – A groundbreaking ceremony will be held to celebrate construction of Four Friends Kitchen, a locally owned startup restaurant in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood.  Four Friends Kitchen will be a full-service breakfast, lunch, and brunch restaurant featuring a Southern inspired menu, an upscale, family-friendly atmosphere, and the first and only open-air rooftop dining option in Stapleton’s East 29th Avenue Town Center.

Four Friends Kitchen was started by four Stapleton residents and next-door neighbors, Kurt and Sarah Pletcher and Tim and Genefer Thornton.

“It really is the definition of a mom-and-pop startup, and we have a lot of people to thank for helping us turn our vision into a reality,” said co-founder Tim Thornton.  The team received business plan advice from the Denver Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and is financing construction through a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan with UMB Bank and Colorado Lending Source.

Four Friends Kitchen’s grand opening is planned for early 2015.  It will be located at 2893 Roslyn Street, Denver, Colorado, 80238, immediately north of King Soopers and the Stapleton MCA offices, and south of the Crescent Flats apartments and retail in the town center.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be open to the public.

Contact Information:

Source: Four Friends Holdings, LLC


Staybridge Suites Grand Opening!

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Experience a “Taste of Stapleton”

Join Staybridge Suites for drinks and appetizers as they celebrate the Grand Opening of the newest Staybridge Suites hotel!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
5:00 pm
Staybridge Suites Denver-Stapleton
8101 E Northfield Blvd.
Denver, CO 80238

Please RSVP to Brittany Anderson, Director of Sales

Learn more about the new hotel!


Explore Bouquet Park in Stapleton’s Bluff Lake Neighborhood


A new park that is sure to delight your sense of smell is nearing completion in Stapleton’s seventh great neighborhood, Bluff Lake.

The plantings in Bouquet Park, one of many Stapleton community pocket parks, were selected for their aromatic bouquet, from the roses to the lilacs, to the linden trees and the lavender.

In the center of the park, on top of the hill you will find an etching of five flowers.  Take a piece of paper and crayons, then rub the stone.  You can begin your search for the five replicated stone images hidden throughout the park.  It’s a fun adventure for kids and adults alike.

As the plantings become established and the park is in full bloom, visitors are encouraged to visit the cutting garden in the southwest corner of the park.  Treat yourself to a bouquet to take home.

Bluff Lake has been a fast-growing neighborhood of 358 homes with only 14 home lots available for sale, and a series of parks nestled within.

Bluff Lake neighborhood is a place you can call home. Learn more about what’s available and visit today!

David Weekley Homes – The Peak Collection


StapleFUN: Schools


By Brea Olson, Senior Regional Communications Specialist, Denver Public Schools

It’s hard to believe that the first day of school is just around the corner! And while families soak up the last days of summer and tackle back-to-school shopping, it’s also a good time to remind current and prospective Stapleton families of their unique opportunities within the Denver Public Schools (DPS) SchoolChoice program.

Did you know that all Stapleton elementary and middle schools that have been rated on the DPS School Performance Framework are top-rated as meeting expectations or distinguished in how well they support student growth and achievement and serve students and families? Stapleton residents and DPS students have the opportunity to select from a variety of school options to best meet the needs of students and families, including:

Elementary Schools

As a resident of the Stapleton-area Elementary School Shared Boundary, Stapleton students have priority enrollment opportunities at the following elementary schools:

  • High Tech Elementary (ECE-2nd grade) – New school for 2014-15!
  • Isabella Bird Community School (ECE-5th grade)
  • Swigert International School (ECE-5th grade)
  • William “Bill” Roberts (ECE -8th grade)
  • Westerly Creek (ECE-5th grade)


Middle Schools

As a resident of the Greater Park Hill/Stapleton Middle School Shared Boundary, Stapleton students have priority enrollment opportunities at the following middle schools:

  • Denver Discovery School (6th grade) – New school for 2014-15!
  • DSST: Conservatory Green (6th grade) – New school for 2014-15!
  • DSST: Stapleton Middle School (6th-8th grade)
  • McAuliffe International School (6th-8th grade)
  • William “Bill” Roberts (ECE-8th grade)


High Schools

DPS is the fastest growing urban school district in the country, and that growth is visible in the Stapleton neighborhood where new schools abound, including the new Northfield High School on the Paul Sandoval Campus, which broke ground on July 15. The school will welcome its first freshman class in the 2015-16 school year, and join other high school options for Stapleton students like DSST: Stapleton, Bruce Randolph, Denver School of the Arts, East and George Washington.

Each DPS school has its own unique attributes and focus areas to help students succeed and there are many factors to consider while researching various school options. Learn more about these and all DPS schools on the DPS SchoolMatch website.

More information about SchoolChoice, shared boundaries and to how students are prioritized for enrollment is available here.  School transportation information for Stapleton families can be found here.

Here’s to another great school year for Stapleton students!


Our Neighbors: Montbello and Green Valley Ranch


By Tracy Williams, TradeWinds Communications

Montbello and Green Valley Ranch, both northeast of Stapleton, are two of Denver’s largest neighborhoods.

Montbello, was founded in 1965 and, like other neighborhoods, has had its share of socio-economic challenges. In recent years, however, this diverse neighborhood has seen a steady rebirth with its proximity to Denver International Airport; the pending light rail system set to transport commuters there; and several new schools, restaurants and annual events have taken root and thrived.

Many of the eateries reflect the diversity of this neighborhood.  For example,

Salaam’s Fish and Chips offers a pleasant casual dining experience with a wide variety of baked and fried fish selections and a friendly, courteous staff. Jalapeno Express is a national chain serving oversized burritos, nachos and desserts.

There’s also no shortage of options for those in search of spiritual nourishment.

The Montbello Catholic Church of the Ascension offers several worship services throughout the week as well as on Sundays. This large, popular church is an inviting haven for a mostly Spanish-dominant congregation.

True Light Baptist Church and the United Church of Montbello enjoy large congregations as well, offering an uplifting experience with ministries that cater to the mind, body spirit.

United Church of Montbello provides a progressive, community enrichment emphasis that includes the Five Loaves community garden and two acres of land for a soon-to-open children’s farm. This urban farm will allow kids and their parents to experience growing food and tending livestock right down the street from where they live.

For fitness lovers, there’s Silverman Park, which boasts a colorful new playground with one of only a handful of Fitness Zones just yards from it. Here, parents can get a good resistance workout while their children play just steps away.

Further northeast is Green Valley Ranch (GVR). A relatively newer neighborhood that debuted in the mid-eighties, GVR offers parents several acclaimed school options including the Martin Luther King, Jr. LK Early College, the SOAR program on the Evie Dennis campus, and Florida Pitt Waller (ECE-8).

GVR residents also enjoy an inviting conclave of restaurants including the African Grill and Bar, which specializes in African fare from all corners of the continent. There’s also DiCicco’s Italian and Blue Bay Asian Café.

The neighborhood also proudly hosts a world-class golf course that offers a restaurant and flexible tee times. The golf club is immensely popular and also showcases a picturesque backdrop for weddings and other gatherings throughout the year.

The GVR amphitheater draws thousands during the warmer months.  The theater is located just east of Tower Road on 49 Avenue and Argonne Way.   Dozens of concerts are booked in this community-gathering setting, particularly on Independence Day when local bands perform just before a spectacular fireworks display.

This year, the neighborhoods will come together in a demonstration of neighborliness during the first Green Valley Ranch/Montbello Unity Festival on Saturday August 10 at the Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center.

Overall, visitors to Montbello/GVR will have no shortage of family-friendly amenities and activities to suit every member of the family.


Did You Know? The Urban Farm


My name is Xavier Cunningham.  I am a high school Dreamer from the Colorado I have a Dream program and I have grown up watching Stapleton develop as a community.  I didn’t know about a lot of the great things in Stapleton, yet I have learned many great and surprising discoveries: and hope to tell you about these unique places, through my eyes, in this blog series called “Did You Know?” Introducing the eleventh story in the series.

The Urban Farm

The Urban Farm is a very popular place for Stapleton residents. Adults and kids as young as 4 years old participate in all the specialized programs. They have seasonal programs, programs year round, field trips for students, programs for volunteers, programs to work with dirt and plants, programs that work with animals, and several programs specific to horses. This is because, although most people think The Urban Farm was based on crops, it was actually based on horses when it started.

The Urban Farm (originally called Embracing Horses), started as an after school horsemanship education program for students in 1993. It was designed to provide at-risk kids with a farm experience and knowledge about horses. In 1998, the program moved near Stapleton providing agricultural, environmental and equine education. The program started out with 15 students in 1993, but now gets around 3,000 students a year. There have also been 2,000 kids that attended field trips to the farm and 800 volunteers that donated a total of 12,000 hours to the farm.

As I mentioned earlier, there are many fun and educational programs for people of all ages throughout the year. For ages 4-6, The Urban Farm offers a “Storybook Farm” program. For ages 7-10, they host an “I want to be a farmer” program. For ages 8-15, they hold an “Everything Horses” program. And let’s not forget the “Evening Riding” classes for ages 5-18.

So please bring the kids, bring the adults, and bring the sunscreen! The Urban Farm is a great place to visit often and learn new things about agriculture and the environment from professionals that love their job.

Learn more about Stapleton’s vast collection of parks and open space by viewing the new Stapleton’s Parks Brochure. Or stop by the Stapleton Visitor Center to pick up a copy.


Did You Know? Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge


My name is Xavier Cunningham.  I am a high school Dreamer from the Colorado I have a Dream program and I have grown up watching Stapleton develop as a community.  I didn’t know about a lot of the great things in Stapleton, yet I have learned many great and surprising discoveries: and hope to tell you about these unique places, through my eyes, in this blog series called “Did You Know?” Introducing the tenth story in the series.


Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Many people I know have never heard of this huge wildlife refuge in Northeast Denver. They don’t really know about anything north of Dicks Sporting Goods Park. They just think it’s just a lot of unused land out there. They don’t know that 15000 acres of that land is Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. I often see people going on hikes through all the trails. I see people swimming in Lower Derby Lake. I personally enjoy seeing all the different animals that call this refuge home throughout the different seasons.

This land was once a hunting ground for Native Americans to follow large herds of bison that lived off the land. Then, once settlers came from the east, it became farmland where nearly 200 families lived and grew crops. But in 1942, the land was turned into a military chemical manufacturing site as the U.S. armed itself for WWII. As the war ended, the site transitioned from a chemical weapons facility, to a facility for agricultural chemicals for Shell Oil Co., to a weapons facility for the Cold-War. Finally in the early 1980’s, the army and Shell Oil Co. started an extensive environmental cleanup that was overseen by regulatory agencies provided by all levels of the government to make sure the land became environmentally safe. Then not to long after that, the discovery of a roost of Bald Eagles prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and congress to safely manage wildlife and designate the site as a national wildlife refuge in 1992. Over the years, the refuge has expanded and adopted many more species of animals until the cleanup program was completed in 2010 leaving this 15,000 acre piece of land one of the largest wildlife refuges in the country.

The refuge is a perfect combination of short and mixed-grass prairie, woodlands, and diverse wetlands. You can find mammals such as bison, coyotes, raccoons, and deer. It houses over 280 species of birds, from the burrowing owl to the bald eagle (I didn’t even know Bald eagles came down this far). You might also see a few reptiles and amphibians like the snapping turtle, the bull snake, and the bullfrog.

The refuge has a great Visitor Center and holds everything from nature tours, to Bird Watching events, to Summer Camps, and other special events. You can also do many activities on your own like the Wildlife Drive, swimming in Lower Derby Lake, and even go Fishing in Lake Ladora. So come out, have some fun, and learn from the experiences offered by nature.

Learn more about Stapleton’s vast collection of parks and open space by viewing the new Stapleton’s Parks Brochure. Or stop by the Stapleton Visitor Center to pick up a copy.


Did you Know? Bluff Lake


My name is Xavier Cunningham.  I am a high school Dreamer from the Colorado I have a Dream program and I have grown up watching Stapleton develop as a community.  I didn’t know about a lot of the great things in Stapleton, yet I have learned many great and surprising discoveries: and hope to tell you about these unique places, through my eyes, in this blog series called “Did You Know?” Introducing the ninth story in the series.

Bluff Lake Nature Center

Located at 3400 Havana Way Denver, CO (80238) is a beautiful wildlife refuge perfect for people, kids, and families who love the outdoors but don’t have much to do during the summer months. Bluff Lake Nature Center is adjacent to the Stapleton community, and is just south east of Sand Creek. The people who work and volunteer at Bluff Lake spend a lot of time and effort maintaining this ecosystem and educating the public about nature and how to help preserve it.

There are many dedicated volunteers who help maintain this 123 acre nature center. You will see them working in the gardens and teaching classes. The nature center holds educational nature classes for kids and adults. In fact, there have already been over 5,000 elementary school students who have toured the nature center.  They also have summer camps and other activities for the kids.

And if you like to donate your time in your community, this nature center is a great place to volunteer. They can always use your help tending to this huge area. Due to all the rain we’ve been having this season, Bluff Lake and Sand Creek are especially beautiful nowadays. You always see people exercising, looking for animals, and looking at the lake over the sea of cattails

So go, volunteer your time, bring your kids, and learn more about nature. And remember to report any suspicious activity.

Learn more about Stapleton’s vast collection of parks and open space by viewing the new Stapleton’s Parks Brochure. Or stop by the Stapleton Visitor Center to pick up a copy.


Did You Know? Eastbridge Pocket Parks


My name is Xavier Cunningham.  I am a high school Dreamer from the Colorado I have a Dream program and I have grown up watching Stapleton develop as a community.  I didn’t know about a lot of the great things in Stapleton, yet I have learned many great and surprising discoveries: and hope to tell you about these unique places, through my eyes, in this blog series called “Did You Know?” Introducing the eighth story in the series

Eastbridge Pocket Parks

Stapleton is known for its vast array of “parks and open space” throughout the community. Did you know that Stapleton now has over fifty public parks? These parks come in all different shapes and sizes. You have big parks, like Central Park and Westerly Creek Park. There are more medium sized parks, like The Green and Conservatory Green. Then you have smaller parks, also known as Pocket Parks that are hidden all over the residential neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has different pocket parks with varying themes and/or purpose to them. For example, Rumble Park and Cherry Pie Park are based on the “senses”. Here are some of the pocket parks located in the Eastbridge and Bluff Lake neighborhoods.

Rumble Park

This park may be a little noisy with kids talking to each other through speakers located on different sides of the park. As you can probably tell from the name, Rumble Park is based on the sense of sound. It is very cool how they incorporated this theme into the park so well. There are different textures (aka scoring) in the sidewalks that you can hear when you ride a skateboard or scooter across it. There are also little red speakers strategically positioned roughly loft apart, so that kids can talk to their friends to. And just for kicks, there is a great concrete area that serves as a great amphitheater for little performances, or a great place to play four square.

Cherry Pie Park

Cherry Pie Park is a creative and artistic kind of park that is more meant for meeting and talking than it is for playing. But what is especially cool about this park is the recipe holder where the community can share their great recipes with others. This small pocket park is shaped like a piece of pie, and there are even a couple rows of Montmorency cherry trees free for the poaching.

Square Park

Square Park is very “square” indeed. I say this because not only is the park a perfect square, but so are the features in the park. From the trees, to the bushes, to the benches, everything is symmetrical. This park is great for gatherings, small soccer games, and other things of a playful nature.

Triangle Park

This little park hides better than most Stapleton Pocket Parks. This triangular park is great for taking a walk, sitting, visiting, and stopping by old Mr. Bird at his birdhouse. There are a few beautiful gardens with varying flowers blooming in each one for you to see when relaxing on the benches or walking around the park.

Arc Park

Arc Park is a great area for the kids. It has a cool playground (one with a sand box) on the eastern and western side of it. There is also a nice sized field in the middle, with a beautiful garden full of many blooming flowers. It even has a few nice benches for parents to sit, visit, and keep a good eye on the kiddos. Arc Park is one of the larger pocket parks and is adjacent to the F-15 pool.

Learn more about Stapleton’s vast collection of parks and open space by viewing the new Stapleton’s Parks Brochure. Or stop by the Stapleton Visitor Center to pick up a copy.


Little Free Library at the Stapleton Visitor Center


The Little Free Library Project that Could
By Holly Lange, Visitor Center Ambassador

*UPDATE: The little free library is now located in front of the Info Gallery at 2853 Roslyn St, Denver, CO 80238

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.- John Lennon

Last summer at the Stapleton Visitors Center, Tammy and I talked about building a “Little Free Library”, because I read an online article about it that seemed like a fun way to share books with visitors. Initially, I was excited to have another fun project. So we began to research.

But then, work demands and life got in the way. I gradually stopped thinking about my new fun project. Fortunately, Visitor Center Coordinator, Tammy Tran initiated ordering the materials. Yet, when the materials arrived, it remained a pile of possibilities.  You would think that with spring coming that it would spark a little inspiration, a fresh start. Even still, the supplies sat in storage awaiting my creative hands. Then, just before Tammy went on vacation she said to me (with a wink), “And maybe you can get going on that little free library?” Our Tammy is a master of the not-so-subtle hint, but that’s one of the reasons we love her.

So on the Saturday after July 4th, I sat at the counter and whined to Visitor Center Ambassador, Gin Butler, “I don’t know if I can do it. It looks too difficult.” Gin just laughed, in that “Holly’s being silly again” sort of way.  Plus, she finds it funny that I even take on these projects. She calls me “Miss MacGyver”, because I sew, and fix faucets, and make things. Then I call it “fun”. You see, Gin leads a life of the mind. That’s one of the reasons we love her.

With some newfound motivation, I started assembling our new Little Free Library piece by piece. Naturally, my drill stopped working, so I grabbed my ratcheting screwdriver from the car (yes, tools in the car – Gin laughs again). With glue, my little screwdriver, and a hammer for the finishing nails, I followed the instruction sheet and successfully pieced together the lingering project.

The next day, Tammy sent me a text upon her return from vacation and wrote, “Awesomeness!!! Love, love the little free library! Thank u!” I felt proud. Plus, I was happy to surprise her.

But there was still more work to do. I needed to paint the Little Free Library. So I retrieved my Sherwin Williams paint deck and matched the colors with the exterior colors of the Visitor Center. I chose six out of the seven colors (who knew there were so many?). I started taping off the lines and tried to paint the sections in an off-center way, to mimic the VC as best I could. I have to admit, it was really fun to do (again, Gin laughs). I even grabbed a few pages from the Bigger Book of Awesome (e.g. Stapleton community brochure, version 2) that featured a picture with a wooden table background, which was used as flooring for the Little Free Library.

So you see, with a little patience, encouragement, and dedicated follow-through, the Little Free Library is now officially open for business: 24-7. Take a book, leave a book, or stop by and say “hi” to our Visitor Center team. We would love to see you.

Learn more about Stapleton Visitor Center Ambassador, Holly Lange.


Hungry for Dining Options?


The Grubbery Bar & Grill

Looking for another dining option close to Stapleton?  Well look no further than 48th and Havana home to The Grubbery Bar & Grill.

The Grubbrery Bar & Grill is a family friendly restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.  This restaurant features Starbucks coffee, a patio and a full bar. They are locally owned and feature local beers and spirits.

Not in the mood to cook or go out?  The Grubbery delivers!  Check out their website for all the details.


Did You Know? Westerly Creek


My name is Xavier Cunningham.  I am a high school Dreamer from the Colorado I have a Dream program and I have grown up watching Stapleton develop as a community.  I didn’t know about a lot of the great things in Stapleton, yet I have learned many great and surprising discoveries: and hope to tell you about these unique places, through my eyes, in this blog series called “Did You Know?” Introducing the seventh story in the series.

Westerly Creek Park

From Montview to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard along Beeler Street, is a beautiful park called Westerly Creek Park. This park is a “natural habitat” for wildlife, active people, and art.  You can find bikers, joggers, walkers and all kinds of other people enjoying its fields, trees and its long creek that runs through the middle of the park. Westerly Creek is also a large part of Stapleton’s huge (1,100 acre) network of parks and open space. Its trial system is a part of the “web” of trails that connect: Future parks in Northfield, Sand Creek Regional Greenway, Central Park, Fred Thomas Park, and others. It appears to be a convenient connection of nature that is integrated with sidewalks.

Earlier in the “Did You Know?” blog series, I mentioned that Westerly Creek Park is about as manmade as the Chorus Vessels sprinkled around it. And before that, Westerly Creek was a big drain pipe under an airport runway. But with Stapleton’s Green Book vision, aesthetics, native ecology, and storm water engineering, Westerly Creek was brought back to a natural riparian corridor.

And not only does Westerly Creek serve as a great spot to observe nature, it was also specifically designed as a safe way to control storm and flood water. So not only is it a great natural space, but just another great example of how Stapleton can take the ruins of an airport and convert it into an enjoyable public place for the neighborhood. So please, go check it out, follow the Chorus vessels and explore through the park to see for yourself.

Learn more about Stapleton’s vast collection of parks and open space by viewing the new Stapleton’s Parks Brochure. Or stop by the Stapleton Visitor Center to pick up a copy.


Did you Know? Central Park


My name is Xavier Cunningham.  I am a high school Dreamer from the Colorado I have a Dream program and I have grown up watching Stapleton develop as a community.  I didn’t know about a lot of the great things in Stapleton, yet I have learned many great and surprising discoveries: and hope to tell you about these unique places, through my eyes, in this blog series called “Did You Know?” Introducing the sixth story in the series.

Central Park

Located on Central Park Boulevard, stretching down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and stopping at the border of Westerly Creek Park, is of course Central Park. This “80 acres of fun”, exhibits many of the unique and artistic aspects of Stapleton. It is one of the most popular places in Stapleton and there aren’t many other places that capture the spirit that Central Park does.

Central Park is a good representation of Stapleton’s principles and how the community turned the old airport into something safe, fun and useful. It has its traditional parts, like the fields, the trees, and the active people running, biking, or playing sports in it. But it also has parts of parks that Stapleton is known for, like the variation of public gathering places, and the connection to Stapleton’s parks and open space network. It even has a pond that takes up a full acre, and a fountain for people to play in. It is the third biggest park in Denver, and attracts people from all over the city to enjoy these things. And in my personal opinion, Central park is pretty much a mix of all the other parks in Stapleton. But what makes Central Park even more “Stapleton” is it’s very artistic, unique, and, well, goofy playground. This playground was made with a Dr. Seuss design and attracts a great deal of people. It has miniature, purple mountains, really cool equipment to play on, and large rock climbing boulders designed by professional rock climbers. It even has oddly shaped lamps to go with the rest of the craziness. If you haven’t been there yet, you don’t know what you’ve been missing, so go visit it and all its glory.

Learn more about Stapleton’s vast collection of parks and open space by viewing the new Stapleton’s Parks Brochure. Or stop by the Stapleton Visitor Center to pick up a copy.


Northfield Stapleton Welcomes Two New Stores!


Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co. & El Forastero Western Wear

Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co. specializes in nuts, dried fruits, candy, jerky, sausages, chocolates, gift items, Colorado souvenirs and so much more! Mountain Man is located on Main Street Plaza, next door to Yankee Candle.

To see all Mountain Man sells, click here!

El Forastero, or as it is translated – “The Foreigner,” carries high-quality western boots, headwear, western wear and accessories. El Forastero has been well known in the Hispanic market for 20 years, and carries a highly regarded reputation for the handmade products they offer, which are imported directly from Mexico. Visit El Forastero Western Wear on 46th Avenue, next door to Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.


Udi’s Stapleton is now Etai’s Bakery Café.


Everything remains the same except the name.

Etai’s – formerly Udi’s – pronounced “ee-tie’s”, is named after the company founder and current CEO, Etai Baron (Son of Udi Baron).

Located in Stapleton at 7357 E. 29th Avenue, Etai’s Bakery Cafe, offers Izzio’s fresh artisan breads and baked goods, salads, a large selection of cold and hot sandwiches, a full-service coffee and fresh juice bar, and inventive daily specials. Etai’s Stapleton serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week, dinner Monday through Saturday, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

View Etai’s menu items!


Northfield Stapleton Welcomes Two New Stores!




Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co. 
El Forastero Western Wear

Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co. specializes in nuts, dried fruits, candy, jerky, sausages, chocolates, gift items, Colorado souvenirs and so much more! Mountain Man is located on Main Street Plaza, next door to Yankee Candle.
To see all Mountain Man sells, click here!

El Forastero, or as it is translated – “The Foreigner”, carries high-quality western boots, headwear, western wear and accessories. El Forastero has been well known in the Hispanic market for 20 years, and carries a highly regarded reputation for the handmade products imported directly from Mexico. Visit El Forastero Western Wear on 46th Avenue, next door to Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.


10 Tips for a More Organized School Year


By Jill Fleming

SOS: Smart Organizing Solutions

I know, I know.  You and the kids are in full scale summer mode.  But the new school year will be here before you know it.  Here are 10 tips to help you get off to a smart start.

1.    Update the school wardrobe.  Sort and purge your kids’ clothes.  Donate or toss what they’ve outgrown or worn out…or simply “won’t be caught dead in, Mom.”  Then put together a shopping list.  Make sure you check with the school about any clothing restrictions.

2.    Head to the doctor.  Book your kids’ doctor, dental and eye appointments early in case it takes time to get in, or in case you need follow up visits for things like fillings or glasses.  Also make sure your child is up to date on immunizations.

3.    Stock up on supplies.  Ask the school for a list of required supplies.  Mark off any leftovers from last year.  Many stores start their back-to-school sales in mid-July, so shop early.  My sister, a teacher, loves it when parents buy a few extra supplies to share with the whole class.  Let’s face it, not everyone is as organized as you’re going to be!   And, when teachers end up having to buy supplies for their students, it comes out of their pocket.  And don’t forget to write your child’s name on stuff…especially backpacks. 

4.    Mark your calendar.  Invest in a wall calendar and start filling in dates.  There’s the first day of school (as if you’d forget!), after-school activities, vacations, parent-teacher conferences, field trips, sports practices, etc.  If you have more than one child, you can use different colored pens for each.

5.    Create a homework center.  Pick a smart location.  Will you be helping your child with homework?  Does your child like to tackle it in peace and quiet?  Once you’ve decided on the perfect place, put supplies in a nearby bin, cabinet or drawer.  Think about what your child will need and make sure you get extras when you go shopping for school supplies.

6.    Tame the paper monster.  In addition to homework, you’ll have lots of other papers to go through.  Field trip permission slips, lunch menus, school functions, test dates.  Make sure you go through your child’s backpack every night.  While your child gets started on homework, you get started on yours.  Fill out forms, add any dates to your family calendar, and then put the slip back in your child’s backpack so it gets to the teacher.  Go through graded homework and artwork – keep what you want to hold onto in a memory box and toss the rest. Routinely go through your memory box and decide on the best pieces.  Your child will accumulate A LOT of paperwork over the years, so you want to be selective in what you keep.

7.    Confirm child care.  Will your child head straight home after school or take part in an after-school program?  Will you need a babysitter or will your child head to a neighbor’s house to play?  Set up your plan now for a less stressed you later.

8.    Check transportation. Will your child take the bus?  Will you drive or walk them?  Will you share carpool duty with neighbors?  Mark the bus schedule on your calendar and do a dry run so your child feels comfortable on the first day.  I remember always being a little bit anxious about being in the wrong place and missing the bus on my first day of school. And it’s a good idea to inform your child’s teacher of your plans.  They can help make sure your kids get on the right bus. 

9.    Make lunch plans.  Whether your child will eat the school’s hot lunch or take a sack lunch, it’s a good idea to prepare a week at a time.  Mark hot lunch days on the calendar and include packed lunch items on your weekly shopping list.  If your child is going to eat hot lunches, check with the school on payment options.  Some schools allow you to set up a bank that you can top off as needed.

10. Adjust bedtimes.  Let’s face it, kids stay up a bit later in the summer.  To make easing back into school night bedtimes less stressful, roll back by 10-15 minutes a week until they’re on track for their new sleepy time.  With a proper night’s sleep, your child will be alert and ready for each school day.

New clothes.  Check.

Schools supplies. Check

A family plan in place.  Check.

A less stressed you.  Check!

Have an organizing project in mind?  Let’s connect.  Visit me at www.sossmartorganizingsolutions.com


Did You Know? Chorus


By: Xavier Cunningham

My name is Xavier Cunningham. I am a high school Dreamer from the Colorado I Have a Dream program and I have grown up watching Stapleton develop as a community. I didn’t know about a lot of the great things in Stapleton, yet I have learned many great and surprising discoveries; and hope to tell you about these unique places, through my eyes, in this blog series called “Did You Know?” Introducing the fifth story in this series. 


Chorus is made up of 19 of what looks like big orange bowls split up into random groups arranged in random formations around Westerly Creek Park. A lot of people find them interesting and follow the formations through the park, but most people don’t know what they are or what to do with them. They think the “bowls” are just random manmade contributions to the natural park. And they are partly right.

The “bowls”, or tree spade vessels, are manmade but they aren’t random. The vessels were made from earth castings by using a spade to dig a vessel shaped hole (much like holes dug to plant trees), coding the whole with reinforced cut (much like a swimming pool), and then pulling them out, forming these vessel shaped spades. The artist, Thomas Sayre, made them to represent the relationship between man and nature and to also complement Westerly Creek Park as a whole. How do the vessels relate to the park? Well, like the vessels, Westerly Creek Park is also mostly manmade. The creek used to be buried in runway cement before the airport was restored for the Stapleton redevelopment. And not only was the Creek restored, it and the neighborhoods around it were specifically engineered to be a safe way to prevent floods from happening by making flood water flow away from the streets and into the Creek. These two aspects show how Stapleton took what was left from the airport, restored it to a more natural state, and then used it to make the community better. Restoration is a keep that Stapleton is known for.

The next time you visit Westerly Creek Park look at the vessels. Follow them through the park and think about how they represent the importance of the relationship between man nature, and the Stapleton community.

Learn more about Stapleton’s vast collection of parks and open space by viewing the new Stapleton’s Parks Brochure. Or stop by the Stapleton Visitor Center to pick up a copy.


Did You Know? Tradition


By: Xavier Cunningham

My name is Xavier Cunningham. I am a high school Dreamer from the Colorado I Have a Dream program and I have grown up watching Stapleton develop as a community. I didn’t know about a lot of the great things in Stapleton, yet I have learned many great and surprising discoveries; and hope to tell you about these unique places, through my eyes, in this blog series called “Did You Know?” Introducing the fourth story in this series. 


If you happen to drive past or visit Fire Station # 26, on your way down Martin Luther King in Stapleton, you may notice a slightly old looking statue of a rather brave looking firefighter accompanied by a very loyal Dalmatian. This statue is called Tradition.  Tradition fits in quite well and adds a nice taste to the fire station, considering that service Dalmatians have historically contributed to the force. But this statue is really based on a specific Dalmatian that was one of the best in the business.

Tradition was made as a contribution to a dog named Chief who worked in many different fire stations in the 60’s and 70’s. Chief was always the first in action whenever the fire alarm went off and served by keeping passerby’s at a safe distance from the danger of the location. The artist, Joe Cipri, was a retired firefighter who actually worked with Chief in his firefighting career. He wanted to build something that not only showed his love and respect for a very loyal Dalmatian, but also make viewers feel the closeness and the companionship of the canine and the firefighter.

So the next time you happen to pass by Station #26, go and take a look at Tradition. You will be able to see this amazing dog; and sense how close it was to the firefighters.

Learn more about Stapleton’s vast collection of parks and open space by viewing the new Stapleton’s Parks Brochure. Or stop by the Stapleton Visitor Center to pick up a copy.


Did You Know? Eye and the Horizon


By: Xavier Cunningham

My name is Xavier Cunningham. I am a high school Dreamer from the Colorado I Have a Dream program and I have grown up watching Stapleton develop as a community. I didn’t know about a lot of the great things in Stapleton, yet I have learned many great and surprising discoveries; and hope to tell you about these unique places, through my eyes, in this blog series called “Did You Know?”  Introducing the third story in this series.

The Eye and The Horizon

The Eye and The Horizon is a specifically complicated and meaningful piece of public art. Located on East 29th Ave. and Xenia St, this amazing sculpture is impossible to miss as you drive down the street. It is quite a great surprise if you don’t know it’s there beforehand. It is a large, eye-shaped stone with large rods holding it upright. Many think the piece, like most others, is just a great piece of artwork (my personal favorite) put there to spice up the neighborhood. But the Eye and the Horizon, like most others, has a lot more to it than that.

In my opinion, The Eye and The Horizon says “Stapleton”. The whole sculpture is made of recycled runway concrete and other airport materials. This is a fantastic example of how Stapleton recycles old materials to improve their goals as a thoughtful, creative, and environmentally conscious community. And what is more interesting about the sculpture isn’t the sculpture itself. It’s when you look at the neighborhood through the sculpture; you see all the aspects of the neighborhood. You can see the different styles of housing. You can see public parks and Central Park to the north. You can see people walking their dogs and talking to others. You can even see Westerly Creek  School to the south. These are all the things that make up Stapleton and what the community represents, a welcoming place for the residents to live, go to school, interact with visitors, and overall enjoy.

The next time you go look at The Eye and The Horizon, don’t just look at the sculpture, look at the neighborhood all around you through the sculpture’s “eye”.  Notice all the great amenities Stapleton has to offer.

Learn more about Stapleton’s vast collection of parks and open space by viewing the new Stapleton’s Parks Brochure. Or stop by the Stapleton Visitor Center to pick up a copy.


Did You Know? Laminalight in the Library


My name is Xavier Cunningham. I am a high school Dreamer from the Colorado I Have a Dream program and I have grown up watching Stapleton develop as a community. I didn’t know about a lot of the great things in Stapleton, yet I have learned many great and surprising discoveries; and hope to tell you about these unique places, through my eyes, in this blog series called “Did You Know?” Introducing the second story in this series. 


Sam Gary Branch Library is a very nice, quiet place to get work done or just get a good summer read. And while it appears like a very modern library on the outside, it is also very pretty and unique on the inside. Sam Gary has many small artistic aspects to everything inside, from the occasional colors on the carpet on the floor to the cozy study areas by the windows. And the most distinguished of them all is the Laminalight. To many, it just looks like a fancy light hanging from the ceiling, but there is quite a bit more to it than that.

The Laminalight was made by an artist from California named Steven Appleton, who happens to be a pretty big fan of libraries, and wanted to add something cool and creative to the library (while saving energy). “What is so special about it”, you might ask. Well, it does a few things that most other lamps don’t do. For instance, it is connected to a robot on the roof that not only tracks the changing path of the sun, but captures sunlight that it uses to illuminate the library. Most lamps don’t produce sunlight and don’t track the sun so this one is a one-of-a kind piece.

So, the next time you need to go to a library, go to the Sam Gary Branch in Stapleton, and take a look for yourself.

Learn more about Stapleton’s vast collection of parks and open space by viewing the new Stapleton’s Parks Brochure. Or stop by the Stapleton Visitor Center to pick up a copy.


Did You Know? A Series by Xavier Cunningham


My name is Xavier Cunningham. I am a high school Dreamer from the Colorado I Have a Dream program and I have grown up watching Stapleton develop as a community. I didn’t know about a lot of the great things in Stapleton, yet I have learned many great and surprising discoveries; and hope to tell you about these unique places, through my eyes, in this blog series called “Did You Know?”


The people of Stapleton enjoy many aspects of the area, from the huge variety of parks to the many pieces of public artwork thoughtfully scattered around. And although these amazing things exist for enjoyment, they are more than just random contributions of delight. Every single park and piece of public art has a specific story, purpose, and/or theme that most visitors aren’t aware of. The purpose of “Did You Know?” is to share a little of what I’ve observed about these places.

Introducing the first story in the “Did You Know?” series – The symbolic story and purpose behind one of Stapleton’s most popular piece of art.

Founders Fountain

Located on 29th Ave., between the retail district and “the green”, is a great place called Founders Fountain (formerly named West Crescent Fountain). It is a beautiful structure made of granite and sandstone meant as a public meeting space for the community. The fountain has done a great job of gathering visitors and residents, as it is always full of people meeting, talking, and grabbing a bite to eat. Even little ones take a little dip in the water features during the summer months.

What many don’t know is that, although it was meant as a public meeting place, it has a lot more thought, meaning, and symbolism to it. The entirety of the piece was built to reflect the journey water takes, from the mountains, to the valleys and canyons, to the planes and aquifers that the people of Colorado have used as a vital source of water.  And if you really look closely, you can see what I mean. The granite dome fountain, with water flowing down all the bumps and curves of the structure, represents Colorado’s grand mountains. The twisty vortex represents the process of the water being “deposited” into Colorado’s aquifers. The stone design and the sandstone columns in the middle represent the rivers and the sandstone valley and canyons that the river carves on its journey. The stone river also branches off to the north and south as a representation of the rivers flowing into the plains where they served as our water sources.

Of course, the community has adopted their own purposes for the area. For example, I was visiting the area myself and I spotted a small boy falling asleep on top of the sandstone structure with the founders green sign and thought it was the funniest thing. I also found out, that the artists, Andy Dufford and Christian Muller, didn’t intend for the fountains to be used as a play structure, but it seems to have turned out that way; a tradition that the community has adopted.

Now that you know a little about Founders Fountain, grab some friends or family and go check it out. Show them the connection, explain its story, maybe get something to eat, and adopt your own traditions.

Learn more about Stapleton’s vast collection of parks and open space by viewing the new Stapleton’s Parks Brochure. Or stop by the Stapleton Visitor Center to pick up a copy.


Want to learn more about The Grove?


We have exciting updates to share with you about The Grove at Stapleton!  If you’d like to learn more about the community, see some of the interior finishes and meet others who are interested in living at The Grove’s 55+ community, please join us for tapas and refreshments at our next community forum.

Our second Gathering at The Grove will be held on Thursday, July 17 at 5:30pm at the Central Park Recreation Center in Stapleton.


Expand Your Horizon! Travel the globe without leaving Colorado


We are pleased to announce that as part of the Denver Days, the Taste of Ethiopia – Colorado will be held at the Central Park in Stapleton.   This family friendly outdoors event showcases Ethiopian culture including food, coffee, arts, dancing and fashion show, as well as several games and fun activities for children and adults.  This unique, educational and entertaining event will be held on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014, 11 am – 8 pm.

For more information on Taste of Ethiopia click here

For more information on Denver Day’s click here

Read the story published in the Denver Post click here


July 2014 – RTD FasTracks East Rail Line News



Construction Completed

– Reconstruction of 40th Avenue between Blake and York streets, including installation of sidewalks and drainage measures
– Southbound Quebec Street, between Sandown and Smith roads, frontage road reconstruction and crossing panel installation
– Installation of girders on the I-70 Flyover Bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) lines

Construction Underway

– Ulster Street railroad crossing construction in Denver, just north of Smith Road
– Reconstruction of the Chambers and Smith roads intersection and railroad crossing
– Installation of track along the line between I-70 and 40th Avenue, in Aurora, and on Smith Road  between Holly and Quebec streets in Denver

Upcoming Construction

Roadway repaving on Moline Street between 33rd Avenue and Smith Road
– Installation of the overhead electrical wire at DIA, between the DIA solar farm and the future commuter rail station
– Setting the pedestrian bridge over the UPRR at the 38th/Blake Station that will connect the future Park-n-Ride to the station

For more project information: rtd-fastracks.com


Sports Complex News


Statement from Mayor Hancock’s office

Dear Stapleton Neighbors,

Thank you for taking the time to write and share your concerns about the city’s future plans in Stapleton.

Unfortunately, there has been some incorrect information regarding the sports complex that was proposed to be located in Section 10 of the Stapleton development.

Please let me reassure you that the city will build a sports complex in this part of the Stapleton neighborhood.  Early plans for the complex called for it to be located north of 56th Ave., within a series of parks/open space that are being developed.  After looking closely at those plans and discussing them with the community, including the Stapleton Citizens Advisory Board (Parks Advisory Group) and the Stapleton Development Corporation, it was decided that the build-out of the sports complex would have less of any adverse impact on the residential neighborhood in Section 10 if it were located to the south of 56th Ave.

With that suggestion in mind, the planners began to evaluate a location to the south of 56th.  What they found was an incredible opportunity to use the location of the Stapleton High School, currently under construction, as the anchor for the planned Stapleton Sports Complex.

By planning the sports complex in this location, the adverse impact on the immediate neighborhood in Section 10 from lighted ball fields and parked cars is severely reduced or eliminated.  As the high school is built out, fields for football, baseball and softball are part of the current plans.  Those fields will serve as an anchor to the additional sports fields that the city will work to have built as sources of funding for the complex become available.  This location also includes space for off-street parking and is adjacent to a large commercial warehouse, where noise and lights from evening activities won’t be mere steps from residents’ homes.

What has yet to be determined is what amenities will be delivered at the site.  In addition, back on the north side of 56th Ave., where future parks/open space are currently being planned, Denver Parks and Recreation will also determine if it is appropriate to add more multi-use sports fields within those parks that can be permitted for daytime activities. I can assure you that we will absolutely involve the community as we move forward with the planning process and need to make more specific decisions about the facility.

Again, I want to thank you for taking the time to write and for bringing this to my attention.  We agree that Section 10 is an important part of the Stapleton neighborhood and we share your commitment to the benefits the Stapleton Sports Complex will bring to the community.


Mici Handcrafted Italian Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary!


On July 19, 2004, the Miceli family opened the first Mici Handcrafted Italian restaurant on their Grandpa Pop DiGirolomo’s birthday. To pay tribute to this rich family history embedded in the restaurants, the family is giving away free pizzas named after their Grandpa Pop on their ten year anniversary.

Guests who are members of the Mici family loyalty program will receive a free 10 inch DiGirolomo pizza, which can be redeemed on the restaurant’s anniversary date, July 19, 2014. This pizza features olive oil, mozzarella, gorgonzola, pepperoncini and pepperoni on a choice of traditional, wheat or gluten free crust.

While the DiGirolomo is named after Grandpa Pop, he serves as more than the inspiration for the name of the family’s favorite pizza.  A very hard worker and a happy man who always made people smile, Grandpa Pop also inspires the family to keep fighting for the family business.

This type of history and family spirit seeps through in every aspect of the restaurant, creating a unique atmosphere in the restaurants. As the CEO of Mici Handcrafted Italian, Jeff Miceli, puts it, “There’s something special about being able to work so well together as a family and share our recipes and Italian culture through authentic food with our customers, who have really become part of our family these past ten years.” The family is thrilled to showcase these family-based aspects of the restaurants at their ten year anniversary and hopes for many more years of business to come.

So pull up a chair at any of the three Mici locations and join the Miceli family to celebrate 10 years of shared traditions, family, and authentic Italian food.

An authentic, family owned Italian Restaurant, Mici Handcrafted Italian creates a modern environment by combining classic charm with contemporary flair. Their decade-long commitment to gourmet Italian fair alongside extraordinary service has rightfully earned Mici various awards throughout the years including 5820 Magazines Readers’ Choice “Best Italian, Best Bargain Bites and Best Meatball” and Westword’s “Best Pizza and Best Dinner Under $10”.  Mici has locations in Cherry Creek North, Downtown Denver and Stapleton. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter and visit MiciItalian.com for more information.


It’s not too late to start gardening!


Our next gardening class at the Stapleton Visitor Center (4928 Uinta St.) will be on Wednesday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m.

Stapleton’s Chief Gardening Officer, Bryant Mason, will return to the visitor center to share his gardening tips and more. This class will focus on how to start a thriving fall vegetable garden. Topics covered will include soil amendment, the best crops for fall, and when to plant fall corps.

There will also be plenty of Q&A time for relevant garden questions as gardens enter the last half of the growing season.

The class size is limited to 30 people … so sign up early to join other gardeners as we learn more about gardening. To RSVP, email Tammy Tran at tammytran@forestcity.net by Monday, July 28.

Read Byrant’s gardening blog


What’s here and what’s in store!!


E. 29th Avenue Town Center, where you can go for ice cream, grab a coffee, fit in a workout, buy flowers, browse through a boutique, pick-up a bottle of wine, dine al fresco or grab some groceries.

Hungry? There’s pizza, sushi, bagels, burritos, burgers, salads and sandwiches … take your pick. Get your food to go and eat by the fountain in The Green next door. Here, you’ll also find many professional services – from dermatology to dog wash.

Explore E. 29th Avenue Town Center this summer to see what’s moved, remodeled and new!!

View the New E. 29th Avenue Locator Map +


StapleFUN: Restaurants


StapleFun is a series of stories about what set Stapleton apart – from homes & apartments to businesses & amenities. Enjoy this compilation or articles about our StapleFun!

By Aubrey Cornelius, President of Sprocket Communications


One of my first experiences with Stapleton was especially memorable because of the bacon.

You see, I found myself at The Berkshire, a locally-owned restaurant located centrally in the East 29th Avenue Town Center and was staring at a plate featuring four thick, juicy strips of pork – a Bacon Flight.  Each strip featured a different flavor: garlic, curried, balsamic and candied maple. I knew I liked this place already.

Whether you’re an omnivore like me or a vegetarian; looking for a quick grab-and-go bite or something that will allow you to linger over a special meal, Stapleton has you covered. Between 29th Avenue, The Shops at Northfield and all the surrounding neighborhoods ripe with interesting eateries, when you’re in Stapleton, you’re always in proximity to a good bite.

Stroll down 29th Avenue and you’ll soon realize why this strip is always busy. There’s something for every palate here – from delicious (and home grown) fast casual restaurants like ChipotleEinstein Bros. Bagels and Noodles & Co. to more unique fare at newly-opened gastropub The Bistro at StapletonCasey’s Bistro & Pub, and Blue Fin Sushi Bar among many others.

Similarly, just across I-70 at The Shops at Northfield, you can sample the world’s cuisines with a quick stroll through the area. Find Mexican flavors from renown chef Richard Sandoval at La Sandia Cantina and Tequila Bar; some of the best barbeque this side of the Mason-Dixon at Jim ‘n Nick’s Bar-B-Q; and Gauchos serving all sorts of Brazilian grilled meats at Texas de Brazil.

For more authentic food you won’t find anywhere else, travel 10 minutes in any direction and you’re bound to find something good. Our neighbor to the southeast, Aurora, is known as a mecca for some of the city’s most interesting ethnic eats. Don’t miss the Korean spread at Seoul BBQ or Indian vegetarian fare at Masalaa – two of my favorites. Or, hop on a bike and pedal west into Hilltop. You may find me at newly-opened High Point Creamery tasting a different kind of flight: ice cream.



Meet Your Neighbor: Parkwood Homes


A Change of Lifestyle

Meet Lisa and Jesus Escarcega

Jesus and Lisa’s Parkwood home in Stapleton’s first neighborhood, East 29th Avenue, has always been a magnet for family get-togethers, out of town guests, and even video and photo shoots for various television and print advertisements.

They first purchased their Parkwood home in 2009, after extensively searching in other Denver neighborhoods, yet not finding their perfect home.  Lisa resorted to searching online and found the listing under a local realtor’s website.  Once she saw the traditional architecture, fully-bricked home that was beautifully landscaped, she knew this was their home.

Over the years, the Escarcega’s single-family home saw the children grow up, finish high school, head off to college, visit often during the holidays, graduate from college, and finally head off to create lives of their own outside of Stapleton.

This life-changing cycle left Jesus and Lisa re-thinking the size of their home.  They wanted a new home that would be large enough for family and out-of-town guests who visit for the holidays, yet they were looking for a low-maintenance home that would allow them to take off and travel on a whim, plus one that shared the same architectural style of their Parkwood colonial home.

When Parkwood Homes introduced the Beacon Hill Collection (a traditional row home product) in Conservatory Green, Stapleton’s 8th neighborhood, Jesus and Lisa knew they had found their new home.  A row home facing Valentia Median, just a short distance from the new performance green and plaza, The Shops at Northfield, and of course the network of trails where Lisa can enjoy her passion of running.  They chose the brick-faced row home!

While the Escarcegas wait for their home to be built, they are looking forward to the next step of choosing their upgrades and options.  As Jesus stated, “We purchased a new home years back, but the home was almost complete and we were only able to upgrade the carpet.  We are looking forward to the experience of detailing this home, top to bottom, exactly how we want it”.

Lisa and Jesus both work for the District Office of Aurora Schools and they feel their new home location will make their commute even easier as they are just minutes from the Central Park Boulevard/I-70 interchange.  And in 2016, they plan to use the new light-rail to travel downtown to visit some of their favorite destinations, and to the airport for future vacation getaways.

Once the Escarcegas  move in to Conservatory Green, they will  hop on their bikes and pedal south to visit their close neighbors in the old neighborhood, taking in the Farmers Market on The Green, or maybe a movie or concert once a month.  But they also look forward to making new friends in Conservatory Green. As Lisa said, “Jesus is great at meeting new people.  He’ll go out to walk the dog and come back and fill me on what’s happening around the community.”  And Jesus added, “Dogs and/or kids are what bring people together.  And there is an abundance of both in Stapleton.”

As the Escarcegas prepare for their new life in Conservatory Green, the parks and open space surrounding their new home are nearing completion.

They look forward to the exploring their new frontier.


Nicole Erwin, M.D., Joins Stapleton Pediatrics


Stapleton Pediatrics recently announced that Nicole Erwin, M.D., is joining the practice and will begin seeing patients July 2, 2014.

Erwin is a Colorado native who recently completed her pediatric residency at McGaw Northwestern University at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.  She received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in biochemistry from University of Colorado Boulder.  Prior to attending medical school, Erwin worked in pediatric research with several different departments at Children’s Colorado Hospital.

“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Erwin to the Stapleton Pediatrics team,” said Dr. Noah Makovsky, of Stapleton Pediatrics. “Her commitment to educating and partnering with families in pediatric health, as well as her connection to the Colorado community make her a perfect fit for our practice.”

“We are confident that patients and parents will love Dr. Erwin,” said Dr. Brandon Davison-Tracy, of Stapleton Pediatrics. “Not only does she have an excellent clinical and research background, but she also has a friendly and caring personality.”

Like all of the Stapleton Pediatrics providers, Erwin values an emphasis on preventive care and education. She has presented lectures on several pediatric-related topics, including developmental evaluations, sleep and sleep disorders, eating habits and acne. Erwin is the recipient of the McGraw-Hill Excellence in Pediatrics Award.

“I am thrilled to return to Denver to work with Stapleton Pediatrics in providing the best in pediatric care and supporting families in raising healthy children,” said Erwin.

Stapleton Pediatrics has been caring for families in and around Stapleton since 2007.  To schedule an appointment or to learn more about Stapleton Pediatrics call 303-399-7900 or visit www.stapletonpeds.com.


Grand Opening Central park Terrace Homes – Mid-July


Wonderland Homes is introducing brand new row homes designed to reflect the best of historic architectural styles blended with the modern conveniences you expect.

Four unique home plans offer stunning exterior detailing alongside sought-after special features like loft levels and rooftop decks. With wide-open interiors featuring gourmet kitchens that flow seamlessly into living areas.  And extensive design options and optional finished basements allowing you to personalize each home making it uniquely yours.

Model homes will be located just south of Central Park at 9014 E. Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Priced from the low $400s | 720.524.3591 | pirkl@wonderlandhomes.com


Opening a new location


Dr. Michele Smith, owner of 29th Avenue Hospital is pleased to announce the ground breaking of their second location. Stapleton Veterinary Hospital, a brand new hospital at 8601 E. Montview Boulevard. (corner of Willow and Montview).

Stapleton Veterinary Hospital will be a full-service veterinary hospital committed to providing high-quality, state-of-the-art medicine and compassionate care for pets in the Stapleton, Lowry, Park Hill and surrounding Denver neighborhoods.

We will be offering a wide range of services including wellness and preventative care, vaccines, surgery, radiography and dentistry.

Learn more about the Stapleton Veterinary Hospital +


Your Bluff Lake Neighborhood Update


Bluff Lake is Stapleton’s 7th great neighborhood.  It offers residents and visitors small tucked-away parks that delight their senses, and it is in close proximity to the Bluff Lake Nature Center, where one can explore wildlife while walking the trails in the 123-acre refuge.

Bluff Lake neighborhood has a total of 358 home lots.  Sales began in Spring of 2012, and they have been swift.  Today, only 22 new home lots remain.  KB Home has 4 lots available, CalAtlantic Homes has 1 lot, and David Weekley Homes has 17 lot locations available from its new product line, the Peak Collection.

With the new Isabella Bird Community School under construction and opening this fall, Bluff Lake has proven to be another popular Stapleton neighborhood.

These 22 lots will not last long. Check in with the three Stapleton homebuilders who still have lots available for sale:

KB Home – The Villa Collection

David Weekley Homes – The Peak Collection

CalAtlantic Homes – The Vines


Introducing Stapleton’s Next Great Neighborhood


Willow Park East

Stapleton’s 9th neighborhood, Willow Park East is a combination of heart and soul.  We call it “City Soul, Prairie Heart” where open spaces celebrate the windswept water-washed high prairie landscape and are mixed with innovative new schools and next generation, urban architecture.

Willow Park East offers energy-efficient new home designs from the $100s to the $800s, two new Stapleton schools (an elementary school opening this year, and the high school opening in 2015), and it’s close to The Shops at Northfield, Dick’s sporting Goods Park and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

Take a look at the Willow Park East brochure and you’ll discover that this neighborhood shares the same DNA as other Stapleton neighborhoods.

Or download the newest Home Guide that shows where each builder will have homes for sale in Willow Park East.

Did you know that 620 homes have sold in Stapleton’s Conservatory Green neighborhood (340 in 2013 and 280 in 2014)?  290 of those 620 homes have closed.  That leaves only 79 new, market rate homes available for homebuyers in Stapleton’s 8th great neighborhood.


Stapleton Parks a Love Story


A park is a beautiful thing.

It’s a fresh perspective.  A good conversation.  A place to lose a few pounds or the weight of the world.  A park can change your mood.  Lift your spirits.  And turn an ordinary day into one to remember.  Kids expand their imaginations and learn to play together.  People break free of their over-scheduled lives.  That’s the power of a park.

Here, parks are in our DNA.  From day one, Stapleton was envisioned as a place where people will spend more time outside.  Walking or riding instead of driving.  Getting to know each other.  Taking advantage of Colorado’s climate.  And taking better care of themselves.  In so many ways, parks are what make Stapleton … Stapleton.

Introducing the NEW Stapleton Parks Brochure.  Explore one of the 50+ parks located in this award-winning community and you’ll soon discover why residents love Stapleton!

Pick up your brochure today at the Stapleton Visitor Center located at 4928 Uinta Street.  Open Tuesday – Sunday.


Our Neighbors: Aurora


Just to the south and east of Stapleton, our neighbor, the City of Aurora offers education, cultural arts, recreation, great restaurants and outdoor activities for all Denver residents.

Let’s start with education and cultural arts.  Did you know that the Colorado University at the Anschutz Medical Campus offers a mini-med school?  The CU Mini Med School was founded in 1989 by J. John Cohen, MD, PhD, Professor of Immunology & Medicine. With more than 21,000 graduates to date, the program continues to be the most popular and anticipated event offered by the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Imagine going to med school that does not charge tuition, and you have no homework or tests.  The dates for Mini Med II are September 10th through November 5th and the class is held on Wednesday nights from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

Here’s more information:


While visiting the Anschutz Medical Campus, be sure to check out The Fulginiti Pavilion, voted Westword’s 2013 “Best Rollout of a New Art Space”.


Stop by the Anschutz Campus bookstore and pick up the 7th annual “Human Touch”, an anthology of prose, poetry, graphic art and photography created by students, staff, faculty and friends of the campus.  It’s a moving anthology you will enjoy or want to give as a gift.


Aurora is home to a FREE museum, the Aurora History Museum.  This community-based cultural center features natural history, culture, fine and decorative arts exhibits and programs.

The 20th Annual Gateway to the Rockies Art Show and Sale exhibit will be held Sept. 30 through Nov. 8 at the museum.  This art show is a favorite for local, regional and international artists.  Call for entries information here +


Now that summer is in full swing, you’ll find a variety of events from concerts to festivals stretching in to the fall.  Grab the family and watch a movie, or check out the 17th Annual Punkin Chunkin, a contest where pumpkins are catapulted long distances.

Summer Concerts – Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8 pm

Global Fest 2014 – August 23 from Noon – 10 pm

17th Annual Punkin Chunkin Colorado


An abundance of outdoor recreation activities awaits you in Aurora.  We’ve mentioned several options for golf and water sports, but you can research even more “things to do” through the links below:

On the Green: One has many options to spend the day honing their golf swing. You’ll find Saddle Rock, Murphy Creek, Meadow Hills, Aurora Hills, Springhill or Fitzsimons all in Aurora.

On the Water: Whether it’s fishing, boating, camping or just relaxin’, Aurora offers  the Aurora Reservoir, Quincy Reservoir, and Cherry Creek Reservoir to enjoy a hot summer day in Colorado.



Have you worked up an appetite?  All this activity does make one hungry.  Aurora has some fabulous restaurants, or you can stop by one of many international grocery stores and cook something up yourself.  Here are just a few dining suggestions:

La Cueva – 9742 E. Colfax Avenue, 303.367.1422

Brooks Smokehouse Catering – 800 Oakland Street, 720.949.0581

Big City Burrito – 12501 E. 17th Avenue, 303.344.3222

Ted’s Montana Grill – 16495 E. 40th Circle, 720.374.7220

Mu Brewery – 9735 E. Colfax Avenue, 720.446.8273

And we must mention one of our all-time favorites.  A bit of a drive but well worth it, this Vietnamese restaurant, Kim Ba, is one of Aurora’s hidden gems.  Voted year after year as Westword’s Best Vietnamese spot, you have to check out this small, family-run restaurant.  Kim Ba is located at 2495 S. Havana St., and their phone number is 303.745.1637.

Other Aurora restaurants:

Spice up your home-cooking by shopping at the many international grocery stores, such as H Mart, located in Aurora. You’ll find Korean, Middle Eastern, Asian, Russian and more markets to change up your everyday meals.  Happy cooking!

International  Markets:

Next time you are looking to venture out and try something new, instead of heading west …. head east.  You have many options to choose from when visiting our next door neighbor, Aurora.


Enjoy nature’s beauty at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge


The Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Refuge has tours and hand-on activities this summer that everyone will enjoy. The best part is that all the programs are free!

Here’s what’s coming up:

  • Pollinator Walk– Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Discover how to attract pollinators, butterflies, and birds to your backyard.
  • Bike the Refuge– Saturday, June 28, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Grab your bike and enjoy an 8 miles refuge tour as you pedal your way through the grassland, wetlands and more.
  • Thunder on the Prairie– Saturday, July 19, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Learn about the iconic American bison and get a closer behind the scenes peek at what’s it’s like to be a bison moving through their corral.
  • Nature Drawing for Kids- Saturday, July 26, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: make your own nature journal and uncover the secrets of nature and drawing and story illustrations with artist and author Heather Hall.

Reservations are required: Call 303.289.0930 to reserve your spot today.

And check out the wildlife refuge’s quarterly programs, tours, hands-on activities, news & more!


The Consignment Crawl 2014


Stapleton’s Plum Consignment is participating in a summer Consignment Crawl to celebrate International Resale Day this July.

Thirty-one metro retailers will offer a parade of refreshments, promotions and giveaways from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, July 12. And the community event is all to celebrate resale shopping – a savvy and green way to find bargains!

Area resale spots are listed on ConsignmentColorado.com and included in printed guides at the Denver International Airport or brochure stands along 16th Street Mall.

And here are the participating locations for the Consignment Crawl:






  • The City Consignment Boutique




Lone Tree:

  • Faze Two 





Metro Denver Economic Indicators – June 2014


The unemployment rate throughout the seven counties in the Metro Denver area reported significant changes through the month April. The Metro Denver unemployment rate fell one percentage point between March and April to 5.3 percent and was 1.1 percentage points lower than the previous year.

Each stock market index recorded higher closing values over-the-month and over-the-year, showing positive investment in the economy. The NASDAQ reported a 3.1 percent increase between April and May, while the Bloomberg Colorado index reported a 3.4 percent increase during the same period.

Metro Denver home sales continued to increase, rising 15.6 percent between March and April to 4,302 homes sold. The area reported the highest number of sales since September, showing the market is improving.





When: Saturday, June 14th from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: 2322 Central Park Blvd. Denver, CO 80238

Urban Pump Personal Training Studio has moved.  We are now located in Stapleton, and it is beautiful! Come celebrate our new location with us.

Food and drink will be served.  Meet and mingle.  Let’s have some fun!

RSVP with Sharon Hoffman either by phone 303.229.8211, or by e-mail Sharon@urbanpump.com.

During the event we will be collecting donations for The Gathering Place.  For more information about what to donate click here.

We will also have door prizes, so bring your business cards to put into the bowl!

For more information on the Urban Pump Personal Training Studio check out their website.


Main Street Bike Parade and Post Ride Party


June 14 from 11 am to 4 pm
Main Street at The Shops at Northfield Stapleton

Kids will kick off the Coldwell Banker Denver Century’s Post Ride Party with a bike parade down Main Street at The Shops at Northfield at 11 am on June 14.

The second annual Bike Parade presented by Macy’s is a fun time for kids of all ages and it’s FREE.  Macy’s will provide decorations for the kids to adorn their bikes and show them off as they ride down Main Street.

Shortly following the Bike Parade, this year’s Century Ride cyclists will be arriving from their long trek to celebrate at a lively street party.  The double decker Michelob Ultra bar and Denver’s own Nacho Men will be there to greet them.

Considered by many to be Denver’s best post-ride celebration, cyclists, as well as their families and friends, are invited to experience the Denver Century Ride’s Street Party at The Shops at Northfield Stapleton.

The Street Party opens at 12:00 noon, runs until 4:00 pm and is open to the general public.  An awesome expo and children’s activity area, as well as fantastic food provided by the restaurants of Northfield Stapleton makes this event one you won’t want to miss.

For complete event details, registration information and updates visit DenverCenturyRide.com.

Friend us on Facebook.com/DenverCenturyRide or Tweet us at @DenCenturyRide.


Affordable Housing Update


Affordable Housing Update: 
Spruce Townhomes by Northeast Denver Housing Center Selling Well at Stapleton

Northeast Denver Housing Center (NDHC) is currently building the Spruce Townhomes at Stapleton. The 18-unit quality affordable housing development celebrated a groundbreaking event in mid-January.  Demand for the units has been great, with all 18 units now sold.  The marketing / broker are accepting back-up contracts on the 18 units and is preparing for the next phase currently in design by NDHC.

The Spruce Townhomes provide affordable homeownership opportunities to households making less than 80% of Denver’s area median income.  A majority of the townhomes range in price from $160,000 to $198,500 and serve a diverse array of buyers. The family-friendly two-story homes offer four different floor plans, some with main floor master bedrooms.

NDHC’s listing broker Soledad Tobar, of Coldwell Banker, is looking forward to closing on the first 18 townhomes when construction is complete this fall.  “Stapleton is one of the most sought after neighborhoods in all of Denver; and the ability to provide quality, affordable housing options to people is another critical component to the entire area’s success,” said Soledad, who has personally represented NDHC for more than ten years.  “The Spruce Townhomes are another great addition to Stapleton.”

The project developer, Northeast Denver Housing Center (NDHC), is a 31 year old, non-profit, community development corporation experienced in the design and construction of quality affordable housing. Organized in 1982 to serve the Denver metro community, NDHC’s mission is to create sustainable, healthy housing and development opportunities for underserved households through outreach, education and economic development programs and projects.  NDHC leads locally and nationally with a long track record of success in developing energy–efficient, and green built award -winning affordable housing.

For more information on sales, please contact Soledad Tobar at 303-887-5120 or 303-780-7407, or by email at soledad@coloradohomes.com.

Learn more about Stapleton’s Affordable Housing Program!



Profound Summer Thoughts from B.B. (a/k/a – Bad Boy)


Look at me!  How humiliating.  I know my lineage comes from the big cats (lions) and all, but this has gone too far.   I am much cooler without my beautiful gray coat and the neighbors tell me I am even more handsome, but this takes the bad out of the boy.

Since the call for the Stapleton dog calendar photos is just a couple months away,  this will be my last “canine photo hint column,” but I’ve included ideas for the rest of the year.  Get your cameras ready!

Fourth of July – Easy.  Bring out the red, white and blue bandana for Fido to wear and celebrate his patriotic pride.

Back to School – The kiddos are returning to school and that leaves extra time on any pet’s paws.  Pose Fido near a stack of books looking forlorn as he/she waits for his best pals to return home.  We like outdoor pics the best.

Dog Daze – Many pictures of Fido enjoying the day at a Stapleton pool have graced the pages of past calendars.  See if yours will make it in this year.

Pumpkins and Leaves – I personally love chasing the falling leaves.  Pumpkins?  I am not sure what their purpose is, but they do make a nice backdrop for Fido’s mug shot.

Thanksgiving – Yum, it’s turkey time!  I love left-over turkey scraps.  A photo of your friend surrounded by fall colors (outdoors, of course) is a good bet here.

December Holidays –  Yea!  That special time of year when the indoor tree arrives.  I don’t care so much for the Santa hat, but I’ll take the catnip toy stuffed in that stocking on the mantel.  A snapshot in front or your holiday décor is one way to approach it.  I much prefer climbing the tree.  But whatever!

That takes us through this year’s dog photo tips.  Good luck to everyone, and I sure hope I get my winter coat back in time for the holidays.

Enjoy reading my other suggestion in these blogs from the following moths: April, January

Xoxoxo – B.B.

More helpful photo hints from Fido listed below:


August- December


Northfield Stapleton Main Street Boutiques


First two Fridays & Saturdays of each Month June-July-August!

From the modern and trendy to cool vintage finds, and everything in between…Browse a unique collection of pop-up shops at Northfield Stapleton’s Main Street Boutiques, located next to Charming Charlie on Northfield’s Main Street.  Stop, shop and sip on Friday nights starting Jun 13th!  Purchase a glass of wine from the CASA booth inside the Main Street Boutiques before wandering the pop-up shops.  100% of proceeds from wine purchases will go directly to Denver CASA – an organization that advocates for abused and neglected children in our community.



June 2014 – RTD FasTracks East Rail Line News



Construction Completed

–  11 utility relocations in May 2014 for a total of 272 utility relocations on the project to date, including fiber optic 
relocations on 40th Avenue in Denver

–  Reconstruction of Sable Boulevard at Smith Road in Aurora
–  Commuter rail crossing installations at Clayton and Steele streets in Denver

Construction Underway

–  Reconstruction and installation of center medians on Dahlia Street, south of Smith Road, in Denver
–  Roadway repaving of Jackson Street and 42nd Avenue at the 40th/Colorado Station
–  Installation of track at the Denver International Airport solar panel farm

Upcoming Construction

–  Reconstruction of the intersection and railroad crossing of Chambers Road at Smith Road in Aurora
–  Pouring the concrete decking on the I-70 Flyover Bridge over Airport Boulevard in Aurora
–  Reconstruction of 40th Avenue, east of Colorado Boulevard, and Albion Street, south of Smith Road, in Denver

For more project information: rtd-fastracks.com


Atlas Physical Therapy at Stapleton is off and running….


Specializing in orthopedic and manual therapies, Atlas Physical Therapy at Stapleton opened its doors at the Stapleton Plaza in March of 2014. Alex Lanton PT, DPT, OCS is one of the owners and primary therapist at the new location. Alex has 6 years of experience in physical therapy and received his Masters and Doctorate in physical therapy from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Atlas Physical Therapy at Stapleton offers a wide range of therapeutic and rehabilitative services including: trigger point dry needling, manipulation, massage, functional training and exercise. The goal of Atlas PT is to get you better faster and back to doing the things you enjoy in life.

The clinic has extended hours, 7am-7pm Monday through Thursday and 7am-Noon on Fridays to accommodate work and school schedules. They accept most major insurances and don’t require a doctor’s referral to administer treatment. Atlas offers a free 15 minute consultation to any new patients.
For more information click here!


Your Bluff Lake Neighborhood Update


David Weekley Homes is building our award-winning homes in the beautiful Stapleton Bluff Lake community!

Homebuyers can choose from a variety of floor plans in the Peak Collection, ranging from 2,045 to over 2,200 square feet of living space, priced from the $415s.

David Weekley began sales in late March and has sold six homes to date. Their model home, The Bennett Peak, is currently under construction, expecting to be complete early summer. This beautiful model features four bedrooms, four full baths, a study and game room.

Buyers have shown incredible interest in Weekley’s new product line, with third-story options available, in addition to the contemporary and modern interior amenities the home builder offers.

Weekley boasts an industry-leading, multi-level warranty and offers energy-efficient EnergySaver™ homes. EnergySaver homes utilize building science to create homes that are more energy efficient and offer homebuyers significant energy usage savings.

For more information about David Weekley Homes in Stapleton Bluff Lake, contact a Sales Consultant at 720 838-2204, or visit their website, www.davidweekleyhomes.com.


BBQ culinary class at the Visitor Center


At Jim ‘N Nick’s they LOVE barbecue. They love preparing it, they love serving it, and they really love eating it. But most of all, they love the way it brings people together.

Join us at the Stapleton Visitor Center (4928 Uinta St.), to learn the tips and tricks for creating a crowd- pleasing BBQ cookout.

Tyler Ashton of Jim ‘N Nick’s, will be sharing the secrets to creating a handcrafted universal rub, and a recipe for delicious homemade creamy coleslaw- followed by a demonstration on how to utilize the rub to ensure your meat is flavorful and tender.  YUM!

The BBQ culinary class begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28– just in time for Fourth of July celebrations! All participants will receive their very own Stapleton apron and a bag of goodies!

This complimentary class is limited to 30 guests… so sign up now! To RSVP, email Tammy Tran at tammytran@forestcity.net by Monday, June 23.

Learn more about Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B- Q!


StapleFUN: Pools!


StapleFun is a series of stories about what sets Stapleton apart – from homes & apartments to businesses & amenities. Enjoy this compilation of articles about our StapleFun!
By Diane Deeter, Community Director of the Stapleton MCA

Break out the sunscreen and grab the inflatables – it’s finally pool weather!

If there’s one thing we know our Stapleton residents and neighbors love, it’s the variety of swimming options available in the community. With four existing pools everyone has enjoyed, we’re now excited to open two new pools in the near future.

The Stapleton MCA operates and maintains the outdoor recreational pool facilities that are designed to meet all of the community’s needs. Generally, the pools open Memorial Day weekend and close for the season on Labor Day. Because each facility offers its own amenities, each pool incorporates a unique schedule and menu of programs suitable for the design. Each pool is open to the public and fully staffed with certified lifeguards. Pool programming schedules can be found online on the MCA website

Aviator Pool – 8054 E. 28th Avenue

Aviator Pool offers both adult and youth programming throughout the week. This pool has designated lap lanes and a diving board.

Puddle Jumper Pool – 2401 Xenia Street

PJ Pool was designed specifically for our young swimmers. This pool offers a variety of fountains and kid-friendly structures – it’s the perfect pool for toddlers and preschoolers.

F15 Pool – 2831 Hanover Street

F15 Pool also offers a combination of open swim and aquatics programming. There are some play and water features available for swimmers. In addition, there are always two 25m lap lanes available for exercise and training.

Jet Stream Pool – 3574 Alton Street

Jet Stream is located north of Central Park. This pool also offers a variety of programming. Amenities include designated lap lanes and a diving board.

And our newest pools…

Runway 35 Pool – 8863 E 47th Ave.

R35 Pool is located north of I-70 in Conservatory Green. This modern style pool offers a diving board and 8 lap lanes. This pool will be used primarily for the Stapleton Swim Teams and adult programming.

Maverick Pool – 8822 Beekman St.

Maverick is a family-friendly leisure pool that features 4 lap lanes and a variety of splash and water features.


Butters Makes Correction to June Calendar


Butters, the June Stapleton calendar dog, would like to let everyone know that the Stapleton Rocks – A Concert for a Cause that is listed on the printed calendar for June 21 has been changed and is now happening on September 6th.  Even though he would have loved to party with everyone he is sure Cosmo and Tini will enjoy having the concert in their month

For all events related to the MCA click here!


Meet Your Neighbors: CalAtlantic Homes


Standard Pacific a Builder of New Homes in Stapleton

Meet Your Neighbors: CalAtlanic Homes
Home Sweet Home
Teresa and Mitch Holm

Washington residents, Teresa and Mitch knew that Stapleton was going to be their home sweet home after renting in the community for just one year.

It all started back in 2010, when Mitch was assigned to Anschutz Medical Center for his fellowship.  Stapleton was the ideal location for both Teresa and Mitch, being that it was so close to Mitch’s work and in the heart of the city.

Mitch is a pathologist with subspecialty training in skin pathology (dermatopathology). The U.S. Army funded his medical education, residency and fellowship, for the past 11 years while he served in the Army. His career has taken him from Utah, where Mitch grew up, to Texas for medical school, Washington for residency, to Colorado for work at an Army community hospital and back to Washington, where he currently works and lives.

Teresa fell in love almost instantly with everything that Stapleton has to offer- the parks, pools, shops, restaurants and more. She loved the fact that she could get fresh veggies and fruits at the farmer’s market every Sunday on The Green.

“Stapleton is super close-knit. It’s like living on a cruise ship because there is always something going on and you could choose to participate or not.” –Teresa

Mitch’s commitment with the Army will be ending in October and he will be starting a job as a pathologist in the Stapleton area around that time. This meant one thing… Teresa and Mitch, with the addition of their son, would be moving back to Colorado!

Stapleton was the first neighborhood that came to mind for Teresa and Mitch. They could imagine their future here and knew it was the perfect place to raise their son, Rhys.

“I would love to have grown up in a neighborhood like Stapleton when I was a child. Stapleton brings people together and its great running into neighbors and always seeing someone you know.”- Teresa

“Stapleton is a family friendly community, extremely close to shopping and entertainment. It promotes an active lifestyle with so many parks, pools and trails. Plus, it’s an ideal location for freeway access and future light rail access for travel and commuting needs.”- Mitch

When the house hunting began they were impressed with the values, the affordability and the nice quality of CalAtlantic Homes. Everything fell into place and The Bloom Collection had everything that fit their new home criteria (the square footage, the floor plan, the location-Conservatory Green Neighborhood). The favorite feature in their new home is the porte-cochere.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to Colorado and enjoying the sun and opportunities for outdoor activities.” – Mitch

Mitch and Teresa are beyond excited to move into the CalAtlantic dream home in August and to finally be Home Sweet Home in Stapleton.


Our Neighbors: City Park


By Tracy Williams, TradeWinds Communications

Less than two miles from Stapleton lies the City Park neighborhood.Made up of four quadrants (north, west, east and south) – each one is adjacent to some of Denver’s finest cultural attractions such as the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Zoo, the IMAX theater and the City Park Golf Course, not to mention the neighborhood namesake.

In City Park North, you’ll find the newly opened Plimoth Neighborhood Eatery at 28th and Josephine. Named after the owner’s hometown in Massachusetts with a twist on the spelling,  Plimoth boasts local seasonal cuisine with an Italian/French twist.  Check out the “cracklin’ chicken with shrimp etouffeé” entree, one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes.

Need a haircut before heading to the museum or golf course? Swing by the upscale, multicultural barbershop, Wavy Salon at 3101 Josephine, where you’ll find some of Denver’s top barbers in a relaxing, almost spa-like atmosphere with reasonable prices.

In City Park West, the coifs of women and girls are catered to at Hairworks Beauty Salon located at 22nd and Lafayette.  A longtime favorite in the community, Hairworks delivers beauty with a socially conscious mission in the form of free periodic blood pressure screenings and other health related services.

You’ll also find the historic St. Ignatius Loyola Church, as well as Bogey’s On the Park – a good-sized restaurant with a glorious outdoor patio that caters to the golf crowd and the non-golf crowd.  It’s a great place to network with local business leaders and neighborhood residents.

Cornell’s Pharmacy, on the corner of E. 18th Avenue and Gaylord, is one of the last freestanding, independent neighborhood pharmacies in the area.  It offers a full staff of pharmacists who know your name and provide fast, personalized service.

In City Park South, the warm summer months keep the neighborhood buzzing when the locals gather for fresh fare every Sunday (June 1 – October 26) Colorado Fresh Market located at City Park Esplanade near Sullivan Fountain.

From there, locals can enjoy the City Park Jazz series. City Park residents and those near and far come for a late afternoon casual picnic and to hear free evening jazz concerts in the park from the likes of the Hazel Miller Band and Gumbo Le Funque.

For the cultural enthusiast, the Black Arts Festival rules the park in July with three days of art from local and national artists, food, live music and community services.

There is an abundance of playful options in this historic Denver neighborhood.  Get out there and explore these fun attractions and more.  In fact, join the Walk2Connect Meet Up group for dates and times for sunset walks in City Park (meet at Bogey’s on the Park, 2500 York Street every Tuesday at 6:00 pm).

More Our Neighbors stories: Commerce City, Five Points, and Park Hill.


Give Back: Sand Creek Regional Greenway


Give Back: Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership
By Kate Kramer and Katie Lampe

Did you know that Stapleton is home to the only east/west off-road trail and greenway in northeast Denver?  The Sand Creek Regional Greenway (SCRG) runs through the center of Stapleton. Work on the Greenway started when the Stapleton Airport closed – and although much has been done, there is still much to do. We love volunteers!

Our Mission: The Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership (SCRGP) is a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3 organization that, in partnership with Aurora, Commerce City and Denver, seeks to preserve, improve, and promote the natural and recreational resources of the Sand Creek Regional Greenway.

Going west on the Greenway, you can connect to the South Platte Greenway in Commerce City, and going east you can ride to the High Line Canal Trail, and in the future, all the way to the Aurora Reservoir – on a safe, off-road trail.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Neighborhood Partners Environmental Team (NPET): Join your neighbors the first Saturday of March through November from 9am-noon to clean up the Sand Creek Regional Greenway, the Bluff Lake Nature Center and Westerly Creek.
  • Next Generation Partners: Are you knowledgeable about a particular environmentally related topic?  Do you work in a natural resource career?  Do you like working with kids?  Come help out with our Next Gen youth program, which provides vital environmental education programming and service learning opportunities for middle and high school teens from our surrounding neighborhoods.  Volunteer for one hour, one day, or on a regular basis.
  • Special Event Volunteers: We need volunteers to help with special events like our Race for Open Space, Fotostream photography show, and large group volunteer projects.
  • Group Projects: Have a corporate, school, scout, or church group that would like to volunteer?  There’s always trail work that needs to be done!

Contact Christina Harney at charney@sandcreekgreenway.org or 303-468-3264 for more information and to sign up to volunteer!

Learn more about Sand Creek Regional Greenway- partnerships, donations, support and more!


BBQ and more at Jim ‘N Nicks


Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ has called Stapleton their home since 2008. Located at The Shops of Northfield, they love everything that Stapleton has to offer.

“We love the diversity of guests at our Northfield location.  We are heavily supported by the Stapleton community but also have a large population of people who visit while traveling.  The area has grown tremendously and we are proud to be a part of the culture here”. – Mandy Young, Jim ‘N Nick’s Marketing Director

Jim ‘N Nick’s loves everything about their BBQ- they love preparing it, love sharing it, and they really love eating it. But most of all, they love the way it brings people together. They believe that COMMUNITY is the key ingredient in any good bar-b-que.

“There’s just nothing like gathering around the table with kith and kin, raising a glass to the occasion, and raising a fork loaded with Southern tradition. It’s good for your heart, it’s good for your soul, and it’s a darn good reason for us to get out of bed every morning. At Jim ‘N Nick’s, community isn’t where we live—it’s who we are”. – Paul Bestafka, Jim ‘N Nick’s General Manager

It is part of their culture as a Southern hospitality restaurant to support the community.  They are passionate about fresh food and want to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Jim ‘N Nick’s has supported many community organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado’s recent Volley for Kids’ Sake tournament and the Colfax Marathon that is uniquely Denver in supporting well over a hundred charities.

“We are now proud to say that post-race festivities are being called the Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q After party.  The runners are probably more than a little exhausted after running 26.2 miles, so they deserve great music, cold beer, and scratch-made Southern Goodness!” – Mandy Young, Jim ‘N Nick’s Marketing Director

Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ was voted the #1 BBQ food chains in the country by USA Today and DailyMeal.com. They have also been featured on the Travel Channel and The Food Network as a must-not-miss restaurant.

Haven’t tried Jim ‘N Nick’s? Well, come on in and try the classic pulled pork. Smoked for up to 14 hours over low heat hickory coals to coax out that original smoky flavor, it’s definitely a must have menu item. Don’t forget the made from scratch sides- mac and cheese, coleslaw and the famous cheese biscuits. Bring your appetite!

Read more about Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ goodness.


Are you using too much water?


Water is a limited resource in our dry climate, and using water wisely not only saves you money, but it′s the right thing to do. Remember to adjust your automatic sprinklers or manual watering times monthly based on weather conditions.

Denver Water is enforcing its annual water rules, which run May 1 to Oct. 1.

  • Water during cooler times of the day — lawn watering is NOT allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Water no more than three days per week.
  • Do not allow water to pool in gutters, streets and alleys.
  • Do not waste water by letting it spray on concrete or asphalt.
  • Repair leaking sprinkler systems within 10 days.
  • Do not irrigate while it is raining or during high winds.
  • Use a hose nozzle with a shut-off valve when washing your car.

For more details please visit the Denver Water website.


The Bistro at Stapleton – Come In, We’re Open


The Bistro at Stapleton located at 2955 Ulster Street is now open 7am – 10pm daily.

By:  Ruth Tobias, Zagat

Chef and manager Cristino Griego envisions The Bistro at Stapleton as a “European-style home away from home.” That sounds simple enough, but the ambitious scope of the project is in the specifics. Starting this Wednesday, The Bistro will be open from 7 AM until 10 PM daily, and even later on the weekends. As the clock ticks on, it will morph from a coffeehouse to a cafe and market to a small-plates lounge – all of it anchored by a full bar, a patio and a communal table where “we’d like to introduce people as they sit and hopefully start real dialogue.” Having studied in France and Italy, he admits, “I miss that Continental experience so much, and I wanted to bring it here.” And he’s doing it all without a full kitchen. Read on for the delicious details.

Breakfast. Boxcar coffee and pastries from Boulder’s Breadworks – quick breads, croissants, pan de chocolat – await in the morning, though “we hope to bake our own biscotti and scones along the way,” says Griego.

Lunch. Around 11 AM, they’ll roll out a small but smart selection of soup, salads and sandwiches, boasting as many housemade components as possible: stocks, sauces, jams, pickles. Think Camembert and prosciutto with arugula, fig jam and Dijon mustard, roasted-vegetable panini and panzanella with fresh pesto.



Four Easy Steps to a More Organized You

By Jill Fleming

I was born to organize.  I love the feeling that comes with helping someone conquer the clutter in their life.  The payoff for you is more space and time for the things you love.  And that is my passion!

I moved to Stapleton in 2012 with my husband after living in Chicago and working as a creative executive in local television.  My husband was born and raised in Arvada and we knew we’d come home.   And we’re so glad to be back!  I couldn’t wait to reinvent myself and in 2013 I launched SOS: Smart Organizing Solutions.  Since then, I’ve been helping people end their cumbersome relationship with clutter, as well as packing, staging and unpacking for moves.

With Spring upon us, it’s the perfect time to get organized.  After all, being organized creates more time, space and energy in your life to relax and do what you love.  And let’s face it, there’s a lot of fun stuff to do in Stapleton!  So where should you begin?


Don’t let the task ahead overwhelm you.  Don’t start by saying, “I need to organize my entire house.”  Start by saying, “I want to organize my closet so I can save time getting ready each morning.”  Or, “I want to clean out my garage so I can park my car in it.”  When you break it down into smaller, more manageable projects, you set yourself up for success.  And once you accomplish one goal, you’ll feel so good about yourself and what you did, you’ll be more than ready to tackle the next one.


Whether it’s a drawer, cabinet or whole closet, you need to take everything out of that space.  Then sort the items.  I use 4 basic categories:

1.     Keep

2.     Donate

3.     Trash

4.     Belongs Elsewhere


I find it helpful to have 4 bins or bags so I can toss items into the appropriate bin as I go.  At the end of your organizing time for the day, take the trash bin out and move the donate bin to your car so you can drop it off on your next trip out of the house.  You can move the elsewhere items into their proper rooms (but don’t worry about organizing those other spaces…just concentrate on the room you’ve already started).


Once you’re left with items you want in that space, it’s time to put them in their proper place.  There’s no right way or wrong way to organize.  It’s all about what works for you.  The things you use most often should be the most accessible – between neck and knee height and toward the front of a closet or cabinet.  Store things you rarely use up high and down low.


Finally, step back and congratulate yourself.  You’ve gotten started, and whether it’s one shelf, one cabinet or an entire room, you’re on your way to being more organized – which means you’re on your way to having more time to enjoy the things you love to do.

See you on the Stapleton trails or lounging poolside!

Need help getting started?  Or have a project in mind?  Let’s connect.  Visit me at www.sossmartorganizingsolutions.com.


The Grove at Stapleton – Now Accepting Reservations


The Grove at Stapleton is located on 5 acres just steps away from the 29th Avenue Stapleton Town Center.  This new 55+ community offers one and two bedroom apartments, available for move in summer 2015.  The Grove will feature fun, practical and well-designed community amenity spaces, including a pool and hot tub, community garden, gardening shed, tap room/pub, a deluxe theatre room, yoga studio and fitness center.  The Grove team will host a variety of activities on site, and offer resources for those who wish to get involved in the local community.

There will be four levels at The Grove, each accessible by multiple elevators.  There are interior corridors and trash and recycling rooms on every floor.  Additional storage and underground garage parking spaces are available. The Grove will be a 100% smoke-free environment, and the apartments will feature high end finishes, Quartz countertops, Frigidaire appliances including a ceramic cook top range, private decks/patios, a full-sized washer and dryer and more.  Each floor plan has something unique to offer. 

The Grove at Stapleton is now accepting reservations!  For more information, please call 303.731.2144, visit GroveAtStapleton.com or email leasing@GroveAtStapleton.com

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The Staybridge Suites Denver Stapleton


The Staybridge Suites Denver Stapleton is an extended stay hotel located in Stapleton’s 8th neighborhood, Conservatory Green. The Staybridge Suites will be unique from other hotels in the immediate area, as it is the first extended stay in the Stapleton area and it will offer visitors and nearby businesses a completely new and refreshing hotel option.

Staybridge Suites is a 102 all-suite hotel.  Each room will have a fully equipped kitchen, separate living and work area, plush bedding and plenty of storage. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, free on-site laundry facilities, a 24 hour business center, and an indoor pool. There are three different suite options available, studio suites, one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom suites. The two-bedroom suites will have two full bathrooms.

Breakfast will be offered daily and the hotel will host social events on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The socials will feature a complimentary lite-fare dinner and beverages, including beer and wine. On Wednesday evenings, when the weather allows, Staybridge Suites will host a barbeque cookout social in their back patio area for their residents.

I truly believe that we have the best hotel location in the area. We will be the first hotel to open right next to The Shops at Northfield, which will offer our guests shopping, dining and entertainment options within walking distance. Many of our guests will be staying long term (a week, a month, 3 months, etc.) so the extra amenities that our immediate area can offer are so exciting to me!”- Brittany Anderson

Don’t forget about the pets- they are welcome. Staybridge Suites is a pet-friendly hotel.

Learn more about Staybridge Suites!

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North Westerly Creek Update


Where: Stapleton Denver School of Science and Technology, located at 2000 Valentia St, Denver 80238, in the Commons

Date: Tuesday, May 20th

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m

Denver Parks and Recreation, in association with Forest City, Stapleton Development Corp., and design consultant Matrix Design Group will be hosting a public meeting for the Stapleton community to review and update everyone on the current status of design plans for the North Westerly Creek open space park. The design presentation will feature the remaining undeveloped section of North Westerly Creek to the confluence with Sand Creek, with treatments proposed to the adjacent East Uplands of the southern banks of Sand Creek. The current designs and discussions are expected to focus on the community values for the area, public use needs etc.  Neighbors and the general public with interest in the future park and open space improvements are encouraged to attend.


Allergy & Asthma Care and Prevention Center Now Open!

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On April 14, 2014 Allergy & Asthma Care and Prevention Center, PLLC opened its doors in Northfield Stapleton. Dr. Kanao Otsu, a recently hired and fully trained allergist and immunologist, is seeing patients at this office.

“We are thrilled about expanding our practice and joining the Stapleton neighborhood,” said Dr.  Sandy Avner, the founder of Allergy & Asthma Care and Prevention Center and an allergy and asthma specialist with more than 30 years’ experience.  “Dr. Otsu is a tremendous asset to our team and already an integral part of the Stapleton community.”

Allergy & Asthma Care and Prevention Center’s Stapleton location will offer a full-range of diagnostic services and treatments, including allergy, skin testing, desensitization treatments, and ingestion challenges.  The center’s highly trained health professionals will assist in providing treatment and education for food allergy, plus seasonal, environmental and pet respiratory allergy symptoms, as well as skin allergies.

“Opening the Stapleton location is truly a personal endeavor for me,” said Dr. Otsu. “This is my home.  I have the chance to really focus on the community here and partner with both adults and children in their long-term health goals.”

For more information and to book your appointment visit www.allasth.com.


Allergy & Asthma Care and Prevention Center Now Open!


On April 14, 2014 Allergy & Asthma Care and Prevention Center, PLLC opened its doors in Northfield Stapleton. Dr. Kanao Otsu, a recently hired and fully trained allergist and immunologist, is seeing patients at this office.

“We are thrilled about expanding our practice and joining the Stapleton neighborhood,” said Dr.  Sandy Avner, the founder of Allergy & Asthma Care and Prevention Center and an allergy and asthma specialist with more than 30 years’ experience.  “Dr. Otsu is a tremendous asset to our team and already an integral part of the Stapleton community.”

Allergy & Asthma Care and Prevention Center’s Stapleton location will offer a full-range of diagnostic services and treatments, including allergy, skin testing, desensitization treatments, and ingestion challenges.  The center’s highly trained health professionals will assist in providing treatment and education for food allergy, plus seasonal, environmental and pet respiratory allergy symptoms, as well as skin allergies.

“Opening the Stapleton location is truly a personal endeavor for me,” said Dr. Otsu. “This is my home.  I have the chance to really focus on the community here and partner with both adults and children in their long-term health goals.”

For more information and to book your appointment visit www.allasth.com.


Meet Your Neighbors: Infinity Home Collection


Homebuilding Taken to a Whole New Level
An interview with The Pearsons
Infinity Vue Collection Homebuyers

The Pearsons had spent seven years in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Highlands in Denver, before relocating back to their native state of California in 2007.  In early 2013, an employment opportunity arose that could bring them back to their beloved Denver, but they needed a home.  They looked in Park Hill and Mayfair, at homes similar to what they were used to living in and renovating.  Homes that had the old time charm and great architectural details they loved. They found, however, that their zest for rehabbing had dissipated as their family had grown to include two daughters, a dog, and a cat.  It was time to find a low-maintenance, energy-efficient house with a modern furnace, working appliances, and updated finishes.  That’s when they decided to check out Stapleton.

In February 2013, they paid a visit to the sales model by Infinity Home Collection (then located in the Central Park West neighborhood of Stapleton) and were blown away by the contemporary aesthetics and thoughtfulness of their designs. Construction had barely begun on the two new collections in Conservatory Green neighborhood, and a Vue model home had not yet opened, but they looked at floor plans and earlier models, working closely with the friendly and knowledgeable sales staff. “We thought the Lime model was amazing, but the Vue home looked even more incredible,” said Melinda. They took a leap of faith and went under contract that April, never having set foot in an actual model.

“We didn’t see ourselves living in a master-planned community such as Stapleton, but the quick access to downtown Denver and Duane’s work, the opportunity for our children to attend great schools, and the idea of an energy-efficient, modern home won out,” Melinda stated.  “I just listened to my wife,” added Duane, wise man that he is.  Duane likes that he is able to commute most days by bike to the Anschutz Medical Campus, and has begun eyeing those fat-tired snow bikes for next winter’s commute.

They had done their research on schools, and knew that Stapleton offered not one, but many choices for their children to attend a great elementary school.  The Pearson girls, Alice and Marlo, both attend Swigert-McAuliffe International School and love spending time at the Sam Gary Library in the East 29th Avenue Town Center, especially when it is followed by dinner at Casey’s and ice cream at Coldstone Creamery!

When asked what the family enjoyed and found unique about their new neighborhood, Conservatory Green, Melinda did not hesitate to comment on the contiguous open space and parks and community gardens.  Also, it was a treat to take Brooklyn relatives to see bison at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife refuge – they were amazed to find buffalo, deer, and raptors living a mere 5 minutes’ drive from our front steps!

In Prairie Basin Park, at the western edge of Conservatory Green, they have done some serious winter sledding, and were able to watch the New Year’s Eve downtown firework show.  They look forward to Fourth of July this year when they’ll be able to see firework shows taking place all around them. They even have a gorgeous peek-a-boo view of Long’s Peak from their house.

Living in and around a busy construction area can be trying for many, but the Pearsons put a positive spin on it.  As Duane stated, “the taco trucks take the lead as our favorite place to eat.”  The Pearsons find that Sundays are the best days for family bike rides.  They have noticed that construction is beginning to move east as the neighborhood expands, and soon they will be reminiscing about the “pioneer days” when Conservatory Green was a field of dirt.

The family eagerly awaits the day when soft programming can begin on Conservatory Green, and hopes for evening farmers markets, food trucks (since the taco trucks will be gone!) and any event involving beer.  Conservatory Green is scheduled to be completed this summer.

Melinda joined the Conservatory Green neighborhood Facebook page and is pleased by how everyone is so connected and involved in the community.  This is how she found out about the opportunity to serve on the Stapleton Public Art Committee.  She and a number of Stapleton residents will be helping to select the next public art piece that will be installed in Uplands Park, close to Yosemite Street and 49th Place.

“Stapleton is a place for people who want to know one another.  Connecting with people is amplified in Stapleton,” Melinda said.

Lastly, the Pearsons wanted to mention how wonderful it was to work with everyone at Infinity, from the sales team, to the project coordinators, to the designers.  “They were all so responsive and conscientious,” said Melinda, “They thought of details we never would have on our own, and we absolutely love our home – especially the kitchen.  I find myself gravitating towards it, and I think we eat out less than we used to just because I love to cook in it so much!”


StapleFUN: Stapleton’s parks smell awesome


StapleFun is a series of stories about what sets Stapleton apart – from homes & apartments to businesses & amenities. Enjoy this compilation of articles about our StapleFun!

Stapleton’s parks smell awesome.

By Argus, an Australian Labradoodle

Dogs love parks. I should know – I’m a dog. And Stapleton has more parks and active green space than anywhere else in Denver. Although, as a dog, I don’t really go by quantity. I go by smell.

For instance, my human and I go for walks through Central Park and over to The Green for farmers markets and concerts. It has a wonderful oaky aroma, because of the oak trees. We go for runs along the Sand Creek Regional Trail and Westerly Creek. Which imbues bold earthy characters thanks to the restored native landscape.

Greenway Park offers a surprisingly subtle yet mature nose … with essence of squirrel. There’s even a park just for dogs, a smell-iers dream. And all the neighborhood pocket parks present a variety of complex bouquets that keep my nose on its toes.

At the end of the summer the humans open up the neighborhood swimming pools to dogs, providing a rich finish. As well as a natural palate cleanser. Now, I hear the Bluff Lake Nature Center and Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge are nice but they don’t allow dogs. Just a reminder that there is still mystery left in the world.

Alas, what’s a dog to do? With so many parks and so little time to smell them all.

See you at the park.


Eastbridge Concept Plan


In response to numerous requests, here is a “concept plan” for the Eastbridge retail development. It is called a concept plan because it is just that, a concept for the development providing a direction for final site planning and design. In this case the concept is to locate the grocer to the east end of the site and a town center organized around a plaza to the west.  A gas station would be located east of Havana adjacent to the existing car wash. This plan suggests a town center of 22,000sf with shops and services located in two buildings.

The grocer will execute the development of their store and a third party developer selected by Forest City will execute the development of the town center based upon this concept plan. The third party developer will make the final determination about variables such as the total square footage, types of uses, number of restaurants, number of buildings, building heights, organization of buildings, configuration of the plaza and what, if any, amenities may be in the plaza, such as a water feature, play area, etc.  However, the conceptual direction of the grocer to the east, town center organized around a plaza to the west, with shared parking in between, a pedestrian linkage from the town center to the grocer, and the number of parking spaces will not materially change. Also under evaluation is a pedestrian connection along the drive aisle on Geneva Court.

The goal for this development is for the grocer and shops to open at roughly the same time. This will be subject to the grocer’s final approval of the store and the third party developer’s success in preleasing a majority of the shop space, as no lender will provide financing for a speculative, (i.e. little to no pre leased) center.


Eastbridge Development Update from Forest City


We provide the following narrative to clarify misunderstandings about the development of Eastbridge

As reported by the Front Porch on Friday, Forest City is working with King Soopers to bring a grocery store to Eastbridge. This has led to some misunderstandings about what is planned for the balance of the property, specifically with respect to a gas station and the ability to develop a town center.  The following summary is designed to provide updated and factual information about that proposed development.

King Soopers is evaluating the feasibility of building a store of about 58,000sf, which is about the size of their current store at Stapleton.  They would also like to provide a gas station. The store would be located between west and eastbound MLK, adjacent to Havana and facing west.  The gas pumps would be located on the block to the east, across Havana, adjacent to the car wash. This location does not compromise the ability to bring a town center to Eastbridge.

A town center has always been planned for Eastbridge and still is. Town centers take on different forms. E.29th is organized around a street. The center in Eastbridge is planned to be organized around a plaza intended to be a community gathering place.  The total square footage of retail space in the center is expected to be 15,000 to 18,000sf, large enough to accommodate restaurants and neighborhood services organized around the plaza. This is also of a scale that increases viability. A center too large risks failure and empty storefronts.   Viability is also directly dependent on a grocer anchoring the site.

In 2009 King Soopers proposed building their first Fresh Fare store of about 35,000 sf. The investment committee that reviews all new King Soopers projects did not approve the store. The current Fresh Fare located at Hampden and University is not performing to King Soopers’ expectations and as a result, King Soopers does not plan to build this type of store again. In addition to the King Soopers Fresh Fare store, Forest City has approached numerous other smaller grocers on multiple occasions before and after 2009. These include Lucky’s Market, Tony’s Meats, Natural Grocers, Whole Foods, Alfalfas, Sprouts, Marczyk’s, and Trader Joes. None of these stores felt Eastbridge was a viable location for their business.

As the process for bringing a grocery-anchored town center to Eastbridge moves forward, Forest City will work with Stapleton United Neighbors to provide our community with continual updates as new information becomes available.


Gardens make people happy. It’s that simple.


Our gardeners were ready to get their hands dirty and start planting micro greens, spinach, kale, lettuce and more… Stapleton’s intro to gardening classes covered all the tips and tricks on the basics of gardening.

“My whole mission is to make gardening as easy as possible, and to inspire others to garden,” says Bryant Mason, founder of The Urban Farm Company of Colorado.

The class covered the benefits of gardening and many important factors when it comes to a successful garden: soil, spacing, timing and watering. He also recommended six to eight hours of daily sunshine for your seasonal plants.

Bryant’s company offers help building, maintaining and managing gardens. Come check out the gardens at the Stapleton Visitor Center this year! Bryant has already planted veggies for a second year in a row at the visitor center.

“Gardens make people happy. It’s that simple,” Bryant says… so let’s be happy and start gardening today!

Community Gardens in our Stapleton Neighborhood:

  • Conservatory Green Neighborhood
  • Greenway Park (Spruce St. and 23rd Ave.)
  • The Urban Farm at Stapleton (Smith Rd.)

Don’t miss out on details for our future gardening classes.. Sign up for the Stapleton newsletter today!



Stapleton Control Tower (re) development


Bring your business here and soak up the history of Stapleton’s Control Tower.

Possible uses for the landmark include : retail, office, restaurant and fitness

Zoned:  CMU-20
Size:     15,416 r.s.f.
Stories: 3
Parking: 5 per 1,000

Stapleton is home to a wide range of businesses, as well as families, surrounded by 50+ restaurants, 100+ stores and shops, 50,000 SF recreation center, 4 community pools, with 2 more under construction and the 24th Denver Public Library.

All in a premier location – 15 minutes from downtown, 20 minutes to Denver International Airport, and 30 minutes or less from almost every residential neighborhood in the metro area.

For more information contact:

Don Misner
Jones Lang LaSalle

Joe Heath
Jones Lang LaSalle

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The Staybridge Suites Denver Stapleton


The Staybridge Suites Denver Stapleton is an extended stay hotel located in Stapleton’s 8th neighborhood, Conservatory Green. The Staybridge Suites will be unique from other hotels in the immediate area, as it is the first extended stay in the Stapleton area and it will offer visitors and nearby businesses a completely new and refreshing hotel option.

Staybridge Suites is a 102 all-suite hotel.  Each room will have a fully equipped kitchen, separate living and work area, plush bedding and plenty of storage. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, free on-site laundry facilities, a 24 hour business center, and an indoor pool. There are three different suite options available, studio suites, one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom suites. The two-bedroom suites will have two full bathrooms.

Breakfast will be offered daily and the hotel will host social events on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The socials will feature a complimentary lite-fare dinner and beverages, including beer and wine. On Wednesday evenings, when the weather allows, Staybridge Suites will host a barbeque cookout social in their back patio area for their residents.

I truly believe that we have the best hotel location in the area. We will be the first hotel to open right next to The Shops at Northfield, which will offer our guests shopping, dining and entertainment options within walking distance. Many of our guests will be staying long term (a week, a month, 3 months, etc.) so the extra amenities that our immediate area can offer are so exciting to me!”- Brittany Anderson

Don’t forget about the pets- they are welcome. Staybridge Suites is a pet-friendly hotel.

Learn more about Staybridge Suites!


Give Back: Bluff Lake Nature Center


Bluff Lake needs you to enjoy and help preserve its wildlife refuge!

Located on the eastern tip of Stapleton and the namesake of the Bluff Lake neighborhood in Stapleton, Bluff Lake Nature Center (BLNC) is a private, nonprofit, urban wildlife refuge. BLNC is a gem not simply because it is 123 acres of open space in Stapleton’s midst, but because of the unusually diverse variety of habitats compacted in such a small area: lake, wetlands, riparian area, creek, woods, and classic shortgrass prairie.

What You Can Do At Bluff Lake

Of course, you can walk, jog, or hike our trails…explore Sand Creek, our wetlands, the woods, or do some birdwatching—we have more than 152 species of birds migrating through Bluff Lake!

But we also offer lots of new, fun and educational programs. From new science speaker programs (astronomy, goldmining, raptors!) to geocaching, and parent-preschooler time in nature, you have a wide range of possibilities. Plus, we have our regular school science field trips for nearly 5,000 students each year, fireside chats, and summer camps.

The largest event is in the spring. In partnership with Sand Creek Greenway is our 2nd Annual Race/Walk for Open Space 5K/10K/Half Marathon, and takes place in April – with the finish line next to Bluff Lake itself! It’s a fun run/walk for every member of the family.

There’s lots to do—and learn—for both adults and kids. 

Why No Bikes or Dogs?

Providing community programs while managing a wildlife refuge is a balancing act. The land transfer agreement from the City of Denver mandated that BLNC operate as a “wildlife refuge.” BLNC may plan occasional special events with larger crowds, but we need to limit significant distractions to wildlife in order to keep them safe and wild. That means bikes and dogs would present harmful challenges to our wildlife. Allowing bikes and dogs would transform BLNC into something other than a wildlife refuge. There are plenty of parks for those activities. As stewards of this special land, we at Bluff Lake have a heightened awareness of just how important diverse open space is in urban communities where it is so scarce.

Ways You Can Get Involved

You can support Bluff Lake Nature Center by:

  •          Participating in our community events such as Race for Open Space or Earth Day
  •          Registering your child for Summer Camp
  •          Attending a Fireside Chat with your family
  •          Learning to watercolor or do yoga on the Bluffs in a class
  •          Making a financial contribution
  •          Volunteering at the site
  •          Reminding friends and neighbors to utilize Stapleton’s other trails when out with bikes and dogs.


Come explore 123 Acres of Bluff Lake Nature Center and the unique wildlife refuge right in your neighborhood. 

Get involved today!



Our Neighbors: Five Points


Our Neighbors – Five Points

By: Tracy Williams, Tradewinds Communications

Less than three miles east of Stapleton is Five Points, one of Denver’s oldest, historical neighborhoods.

“Five Points” was the name given to the neighborhoods surrounding the intersection of Washington Street, 27th Street, 26th Avenue and Welton Street.

Known as the “Harlem of the West” because of its rich jazz heritage (Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and many other jazz greats played at the iconic Rossonian Hotel), Five Points also has a proud history as a hub of small African-American-owned businesses, soul food eateries, historic architecture and generations of families who still live there today.

After suffering from the effects of the economic downturn, today’s Five Points Corridor is re-emerging as a multicultural destination for arts, culture and entertainment.

As part of Denver’s District 8, Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks represents Five Points.

“It’s an honor to help lead the revitalization efforts in the Five Points along Welton Street,” he says. “When we contrast the vibrancy of the past with the vacancy of the present we see a need for smart, sustainable development. I believe in the next five years Five Points will be one of the most desirable and diverse communities in Denver.”

With this rebirth, you can now enjoy the annual Five Points Jazz Festival set for May 17, and the annual Juneteenth Festival and Parade, coming up June 14.

You can find comfort and neighborhood camaraderie at establishments such as Coffee on the Point, a local coffeehouse that also offers food and spirits for an eclectic mix of customers, as well as the wildly popular Welton Street Café and Tom’s Home Cookin.’

Culturally, Five Points’ African-American heritage is celebrated by the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, as well as the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library.

For nightly entertainment, the Casino Cabaret, now known as Cervantes, is also back as an urban nightclub and bar with balcony seating.

Finally, the Crossroads Theater boasts some of the most popular spoken word acts, stage and musical productions along with a dedication to continuing the neighborhood’s jazz legacy.


Your Bluff Lake Neighborhood Update


Isabella Bird School

In just a few short months, we will be celebrating the opening of another great school in Stapleton, Isabella Bird School. The 2014-2015 school year will welcome Kindergarten and first graders through its doors, and in to a world of learning and exploration.

Isabella Bird School is located in Stapleton’s seventh great neighborhood, Bluff Lake, and construction is moving right along. We’ve listed links below for you to learn more about the school, its mission, and to browse through their frequently asked questions sheet.

Mission and Vision: http://isabellabird.dpsk12.org/our-mission-and-vision/

Website: http://eastbridge.dpsk12.org/

Three Stapleton homebuilders are offering homes for sale in the Bluff Lake Neighborhood.

KB Homes is building The Villa Collection, a duplex home product starting in the high $200s.  Read more about the Villa Collection.

CalAtlantic Homes brought back the popular Vine series to this neighborhood, with prices starting in the mid $400s.

A new home product, Bluff Lake by David Weekley, starts in the high $300s and is proving to be very popular with the Stapleton homebuyer.

Visit Stapleton’s Bluff Lake neighborhood today, and see why many homeowners have chosen this quiet neighborhood bordering the 123-acre Bluff Lake Nature Center.


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April 2014 – RTD FasTracks East Rail Line News


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Construction Completed

–  21 utility relocations in March 2014 for a total of 256 utility relocations on the project to date,  including water line installations at Smith Road and Magnolia Street
–  Track installation at the Steele Street rail crossing in Denver
–  Reconstruction of the northbound Quebec Street frontage road freight and commuter rail crossing in Denver

Construction Underway

–  Reconstruction of the freight and commuter rail crossing at Dahlia Street and Smith Road in Denver
–  Reconstruction of the freight and commuter rail crossing at the southbound Quebec Street frontage road in Denver
–  Roadway excavation and utility relocates at Smith Road under Colorado Boulevard in Denver

Upcoming Construction

–  Intersection reconstruction at Chambers and Smith roads in Aurora
–  Utility and roadway improvements along Wynkoop Street between 38th and 40th streets
–  Girder setting on the I-70 Flyover Bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad, in Aurora

For more project information: rtd-fastracks.com


TJC Real Estate – Town Center Grand Opening!


Stapleton’s property management and real estate company is celebrating the opening of their new location at 7476 E. 29th Ave.

TJC Real Estate & Management Services is a full-service real estate company specializing in property management and leasing agent for residential and office space in the Stapleton, Lowry, Park Hill and other Denver neighborhoods.

Friday, April 18th
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Saturday, April 19th
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.  Donate a children’s book or food item and you will be entered to win a 2 night stay in Aspen!

Call 303.324.6988 or visit TJCRealEstate.com to learn more!


Meet Your Neighbors: Boulder Creek Homebuyers


Home Base
Ron Dean and Jerry McKinney

Ron and Jerry lived in Tampa, Florida for 20 years and had only visited the beach twice, yet they made annual trips to Colorado. They fell in love with the mountains, and decided they wanted a lifestyle change.

In 2010, on a vacation to Aspen, they drove through our community on their way to the mountains to check out properties.  During their vacation stay, they had decided Stapleton would be their new home and contacted a realtor to show them available homes before returning to Florida.

Within a month, they were back in Stapleton, made an offer on a McStain resale row home in the East 29th Avenue neighborhood, sold their home in Florida, and were on the road to their new life in Colorado.  “It all happened so quick … everything just fell in to place,” said Ron.

Jerry’s job allows him the luxury of working from home (no matter where he lives), and Ron immediately updated his certification as a massage therapist and was soon employed by a spa located in the East 29th Avenue Town Center.  Ron also worked part time in 2011 as a Stapleton Ambassador at the Discovery Center, as part of the HGTV Green Home Global Coolness Tour.

When asked why they moved to Stapleton, Ron stated that they loved the walkability aspect of the community, the town center, the proximity to their favorite mountain vacation spot, and they felt that Stapleton was comfortable.

Jerry had done his research on Stapleton from afar, and during his search he realized that the company he works for was involved in creating the Stapleton Development Plan, also known as the Green Book.

Although Ron and Jerry loved the location of their row home, it was always their intention to move in to a new single family home.  They found that home last fall and purchased a ranch patio home by Boulder Creek Neighborhoods in Conservatory Green, Stapleton’s 8th great neighborhood.

Since then, they have monitored construction on weekends and have met over 20 of their soon-to-be neighbors.  This group of new friends has begun making plans for the annual community-wide Stapleton block party and have scoped out whose driveways will best suit their needs for this celebration.

Ron and Jerry shared that they chose Boulder Creek Builders based on square footage available, and the number of bedrooms on the main floor.  “There are fewer stairs, and maintenance of the exterior (roofing, painting, landscaping, etc.) is covered under the HOA fee,” stated Jerry.

They also mentioned that they chose Conservatory Green for the views of downtown and the mountains.  “Don’t be surprised to see me standing at the edge of Prairie Basin Park staring at the awesome views,” Ron added.

Will they miss the East 29th Avenue Town Center?  “Northfield will become our new town center,” said Jerry.  “We already frequent many of the restaurants there, since we are there every weekend.”

In wrapping up our time with Ron and Jerry, we asked how they would convince friends to move to Stapleton.  Without hesitation, Ron said, “Take them on a tour … Stapleton sells itself!”


The Stapleton Millennial Buyer

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By Monica Perez, Your Castle Real Estate

Among the many generations of buyers searching for convenient, classy, eco-friendly living, millennials are finding their perfect fit in Denver’s Stapleton community.

Those born in the 1980s have completed their education and are now a thriving group of young professionals looking to live in a community conveniently located to the airport, downtown Denver, and in walking/biking distance to community restaurants and shops.

I recently helped a couple in their twenties purchase a brand new home constructed by Thrive Home Builders in Stapleton. Tam and Souda loved the ability to select their own floor plan and finishes to perfectly fit their needs and style. Their lovely two-bedroom, two-bath townhome has a large open floor plan joining the kitchen, dining area and living room. It also has a balcony, an attached two-car garage and solar features (a major plus to these environmentally conscious young professionals).

There are many wonderful neighborhoods in the Denver metro area, but they selected Stapleton because they could purchase a brand new townhome customized just for them in the mid $200s.  Souda stated, “It was well worth the wait to have a new home built because we were able to customize our home to suit our needs.  Plus, Stapleton has so much to offer!”  Restaurants, shops, community pools and community events such as movies, concerts and markets on The Green.

Stapleton also has outdoor space galore! Stapleton’s Central Park is Denver’s third largest park. This 80-acre park includes bluffs, paths, playgrounds, soccer fields and picnic area and pond.

Looking to buy or sell a home in Stapleton.  Contact Monica Perez at Your Castle Real Estate, 303.912.3320 or you may email Monica at mperez@monicaperez.com. She’d be glad to show you around!


Bring out creative sweetness with Tipsy Cupcakes and Dessert


Brush away the crumbs of winter with the kiddos at the Stapleton Visitor Center (4928 Uinta St.). Tipsy Cupcakes and Desserts will host a complimentary cookie decorating class for the kids.

A short decorating demo will show the kids tricks, tips, and ideas of cookie decorating. Following the demo, everyone will get to decorate their own sugar cookies and unleash their creative talents.

This sweet class will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, and all participants will receive a goodie bag.

The class size is limited to 30 children … so sign up today to join the fun. To RSVP, email Tammy Tran at tammytran@forestcity.net by Wednesday, April 9.

Learn more about Tipsy Cupcakes and Desserts!


Beacon Hill Collection by Parkwood Homes | Opening Early May


Parkwood’s traditional townhomes have been very well received in Maryland over the last 15 years, and we’re excited  to newly introduce The Beacon Hill Collection to Stapleton.  We have fantastic lot locations in Stapleton’s newest neighborhood, Conservatory Green, and will be opening our model home next to the Stapleton Visitor Center around the first of May.

We’ve designed a whole new product line for The Beacon Hill Collection in Stapleton, featuring exterior architecture with character and curb appeal, and the choice of several inviting floor plans that feel open and very livable.  We’ve even designed a main floor master townhome plan, providing accessible living in some of Stapleton’s most exciting locations.  Most homeowners will enjoy their own porch or rooftop deck to take advantage of premium views and sunshine, as well as a private backyard and a basement that can be finished for extra living space.

All of the hallmarks of Parkwood Homes will be present in our new townhomes–timeless exterior architecture (in this case drawing on studies we did of the historic Georgetown and Alexandria neighborhoods in Washington, DC), efficient floorplans, quality construction, and a great package of standard features.  Ten-foot ceilings on the first floor, smooth drywall finish, detailed crown molding, and graceful window and door casings are just some of the features that come standard with a Parkwood and make these homes timeless and enduring.  And while the exteriors of these homes look like classics from the 1800s, their interiors are designed with modern, open floor plans and utilize the best of modern building science and cutting-edge brands.  Parkwood townhomes come with standard Bosch appliances, Kohler faucets, Nest learning thermostats, and pioneering building techniques that ensure excellent energy efficiency.

Parkwood’s first townhome buyers moved into their Central Park-facing homes at Xenia and 33rd at the end of 2013, and we will open our model home and begin selling our similarly desirable lots in Conservatory Green in May.  Our eight townhomes facing Central Park sold out within just days of their release, and we anticipate strong demand for these new homes that will be adjacent to a great park system and within a short walk of a brand new elementary school, the community pool, and the movies, shopping, and dining available at Northfield.

The plans in The Beacon Hill Collection provide a diversity of home sizes, from around 1800 sf to over 3000 sf of finished space.  Pricing starts in the low $400s.

Click here to see floorplans and 3D renderings.


Stapleton Hosts The Denver Century Ride


Now that Spring has arrived, we are seeing cyclists gear up for one of Colorado’s best cycling events, the Denver Century Ride.

June 14 of this year marks the third anniversary that Stapleton has hosted this premier ride, and each year just gets better.  Cyclists can register for long distance courses (Full, ¾ and ½ Centuries) or for a more casual ride, the ¼ Century.

The post-ride street party is a great event for the whole family!  Meet us on Main Street at The Shops at Northfield Stapleton.

Check out all the ride info and register today


StapleFUN : Public Art in Stapleton


StapleFun is a series of stories about what sets Stapleton apart – from homes & apartments to businesses & amenities. Enjoy this compilation of articles about our StapleFun!

StapleFUN : Public Art in Stapleton

By Barbara Neal

Public Art Consultant for Stapleton

“Home is where the art is” or at least nearby. Stapleton is home to more than a dozen public artworks in parks, in civic spaces and in neighborhoods. Founders Fountain is still a magnet drawing people to the 29th Avenue Town Center. Landmark Prairie Reef welcomes people entering Stapleton from the south. The earth cast forms of Chorus, in Westerly Creek Park natural area, transform the area and contrast with the two digital artworks at the Recreation Center. The neighborhood north of Central Park features The Picnic, bronze dogs enjoying a languid picnic.

Public art at Stapleton gives meaning and enjoyment to public spaces by creating a sense of place. The Eye and the Horizon (After Monet) forms a frame through which observers can see two significant features of Stapleton: education and recreation. Looking south one sees Westerly Creek Elementary School and the view to the north is Central Park. Garden Stories in the community garden at Greenway Park celebrates this community enterprise with its sculptural display of plant forms and garden tools. The three Airfoils at Northfield acknowledge Stapleton’s long history as an airport.

These examples reflect the intent of the selection committees, which is composed of residents, artists and representatives of community interests, who identify sites and select artists to create unique artwork that highlights its importance in the life of Stapleton. Criteria for artwork include artistic excellence, suitability to the site and how the site is used, public access and sustainability. Each artwork now has developed a special relationship or dialogue with its site and its neighbors.

Stapleton is fortunate to have an expanding Public Art Collection which includes artwork commissioned by The Park Creek Metropolitan District with percent for art funds provided by the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) as well as artwork funded by a percent for art associated with the Better Denver Bond projects. Public art installations planned for additional Stapleton neighborhoods – including Eastbridge and the Central Park Station – will add to the unique and lively ambiance of Stapleton.


Stapleton’s Newest Home Guide


The Stapleton Home Guide has a new, fresh design and layout, making it easier for homebuyers to navigate Stapleton’s eight great neighborhoods.

Inside the guide, you’ll find over 20 home collections ranging in price from the mid $100s to the $700s, the location of each of the builder’s model homes, and the lot locations where homes are available to purchase today.

Stapleton encompasses 4,700 acres.  Designing a guide to help navigate around the growing community meant we had to go BIG!  Open up the guide today and see how what was once an international airport has become a thriving and desirable community of homes, parks, schools, shops and more.

Pick up your guide today at any of the following locations and enjoy exploring the many facets of this award-winning community:

Stapleton Visitor Center

4928 Uinta Street

Stapleton Info Gallery

2853 Roslyn Street

Stapleton Master Community Association

2823 Roslyn Street

Or stop at any of the Take a Tour signs located throughout the community and grab a guide.  The signs can be found at:

  •  Outside of Starbucks in the East 29th Ave. Town Center
  • The corner of 29th Avenue and Roslyn Street
  • Parking area of the Stapleton Visitor Center
  • 4928 Uinta Street
  • The corner of Tamarac Street and 49th Drive 



Share Your Recipes at Cherry Pie Park


Do you have a favorite recipe you would like to share with your neighbors?

Cherry Pie Park is just one of the “senses” parks tucked away in Stapleton’s Bluff Lake neighborhood, offering residents the opportunity to pin and share their favorite recipe on what we call the recipe rail sculpture.

On the day we visited this Stapleton pocket park, we helped ourselves to one of the copies of “Cobbler Supreme.”  This recipe did not disappoint and is now one of my “go to” dishes for family dessert.

While visiting Cherry Pie Park, look closely and you’ll notice that part of the design of this park’s landscape is shaped like half of a pie, with scalloped edges that resemble a pie crust.

The residents of Bluff Lake are delighted to have these creatively designed parks as a part of their neighborhood and encourage everyone to stop by and visit.  You might find a recipe to take home with you.

Interested in living in Bluff Lake?  Act now, as there are only 60 homes left in Stapleton’s seventh great neighborhood.

Visit these homebuilders today and find your home in a neighborhood that will delight your senses.

CalAtlantic Homes – The Vines

KB Homes – The Villa Collection

David Weekly – Bluff Lake


Our Neighbors: Park Hill


Traveling through Park Hill, one can find small enclaves of shops and businesses that serve its residents and surrounding neighborhoods.  The corner of 22nd and Kearney is a perfect example of this.  There you will find Bang hair salon, Ciji’s pet store, The Grape Vine liquor store, Cake Crumbs bakery, Dardano’s dance studio, Tables restaurant, a veterinary office, Obilo’s Pizza, and more.  This fun and eclectic city block is just minutes from Stapleton.

Another popular block in Park Hill is 23rd and Cherry Street, home to Adagio’s bakery, The Cherry Tomato restaurant, a dog grooming/daycare shop, a flower shop, a book store, and the famous Spinelli’s market.

The Elm has become south Park Hill’s popular neighborhood bar, and is situated next to Jett, an Asian restaurant and bar on Colfax and Elm.  Another new tenant who moved to south Park Hill recently is Marzycks, located at the corner of Fairfax and offers specialty food items, a meat market, delicatessen and a popular wine store. Across the street from Marzyck’s is The Abbey Tavern, an Irish pub/restaurant and the soon to open, Nuggs Ice Cream shop.

Park Hill hosts many annual events that have become a tradition for those in the Denver metro area to attend.

New this year, on May 17 and 18, is the Park Hill Arts Festival, part of the Colorado Artist Tour.   This is an outdoor juried fine art/fine craft show that will be held on the grounds of the Park Hill Masonic Lodge at 4819 E. Montview Blvd., 10 am – 5 pm daily.   We’re looking forward to this one!

Need ideas for your garden?  Don’t miss the annual Park Hill Garden Walk , an annual event where residents of this unique and historic neighborhood open their yards and gardens to visitors each year. The annual garden walk takes place in June.   Enjoy strolling through some of Denver’s most stunning gardens.  Stay tuned for more information.

The Park Hill Home Tour and Street Fair is held in the fall each year.  The street fair is free and open to the public with up to 100 vendors, food trucks, bands, kid’s activities and a wine and beer garden. There is a ticket fee for the Home Tour.   We will update you soon with more information.

This year marks the 5th annual Park Hill 4th of July Parade, a parade for kids and adults alike.   The spirited parade route starts at Dexter Street and continues on to Krameria Street.  The parade begins at 1:30 pm and will include marching bands, bikers, floats, classic cars, acrobats and more.   Interested in participating?  Please contact the parade organizers at 303.918.6517 or email parkhillparade@gmail.com.

Next time you want to try a new restaurant or attend a garden or art show, try out one of the many options that our neighbor, Park Hill, has to offer.


Give Back: The Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Refuge


Enjoy nature and make a difference by volunteering at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. With over 15,000 acres, the refuge is a sanctuary for more than 330 species of animals including bison, deer, coyotes, bald eagles and burrowing owls.

Did you know? The refuge was established in part to protect the bald eagle (our national symbol).

The Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge offers many outdoor volunteer opportunities that any nature lover would enjoy. These are just a few outdoor activities in which you can get involved and lend a hand:

Trail Crew- Hike trails, interact with visitors and more.

Naturalist– Use creative skills to prepare for, and conduct, interpretive programs for visitors of all ages.

Wildlife Viewing Tour Guide: Provide refuge visitors with a wildlife viewing tour and more.

Bio-tech Assistant-
Assist biology staff with seasonal bird and wildlife studies.

Habitat Restoration- Assist habitat staff with seasonal projects, including projects with native grass and non-native plants studies.

Sign up to volunteer at The Rocky Mountain wildlife Refuge, enjoy nature and help make a difference in our wildlife’s habitat!

Learn more about volunteer opportunities and requirements.


Profound Spring Thoughts.. from B.B. a/k/a Bad Boy


 A Stapleton Cat 

Spring is finally here!   Everything is coming to life, flowers are blooming, squirrels are everywhere … and I love it!

It’s the perfect time of year to get outside, breathe in the fresh air and grab a few photos of your favorite pets (yep, I am my mom’s favorite!)

For you Stapleton dog lovers out there, you can begin thinking of some clever ideas for photos of Fido for the 2015 Dogs of Stapleton calendar.

Typically, I scorn at the idea of being nice to dogs, let alone helping them out in any fashion, but I’ve been promised a treat if I provide a few tips for my enemies.  So here it goes ….

Tip 1:  Flowers.  As mentioned above, they are a nice backdrop for the month of April or May.  Knowing Fido, he’ll dig in the dirt instead and make a mess of everything.

Tip 2: Easter. It’s celebrated on April 19th this year.  For the life of me, I have never figured out why adults throw good food out in the grass, and then their kids run and pick it up.  It’s a strange game they play.  Hey, why not have Fido pose for a photo with all those eggs on the lawn!

Well, these tips are worth a handful of morsels and I hear the rustling of the treat bag now.  For some reason my owner only doles out about three at a setting.  I keep hearing her use the word diet.  I have no idea what that means.   `

Enjoy spring and you’ll hear back from me in the heat of the summer!

P.S. Oh yeah, you can look back over last year’s “dog” tips here:





Ambassador Adventures


When I first started as an ambassador at the Stapleton Visitor Center, I felt like I was working on the new frontier.

Last year on March 14, 2013 the Forest City marketing team conducted the first Marketing training session for the new Visitor Center staff. The training was located at 4928 Uinta Street in the newest Stapleton neighborhood, Conservatory Green.

Finding the location was not an easy assignment. I laughed to myself and said, “This is a test… if you find the place then you get to stay.”  You see at the time, the location was not on any GPS or navigation system I had access to. As I drove along Northfield Blvd, I noticed the multi-colored building I was looking for (across from Macy’s at Northfield Stapleton) and was on time for my training session!

Upon arrival the first thing I noticed was there was nothing here except the building where I would be working! Oh there were a couple foundations poured, but that was it. So I said to myself, (Do you notice how many conversations I have with myself?) “Self, as I understand our mission it will be to sell the neighborhood. Now how am I going to do that if we have no houses?”

Well here a year later with over 100 families living in our newest neighborhood, what a difference a year has made! What was expected to take 2-3 years to develop is close to completion.

As I continue to do my “ambassador adventures,” I see many things that I did not see last year in this neighborhood. I see children playing on the green links, families walking with strollers and young ones examining the building of the new elementary school. The lights being strung within the Conservatory Green Plaza, the drainage being installed in our signature park Prairie Basin, and the diversity of the residents walking/driving in the neighborhood. The 55+ individuals are pleased their homes are/will be located next to families.

The profile/diversity of our visitors is changing from metro residents to prospective buyers relocating from all over the country. Most of them have researched residential developments and found Stapleton to be one of the leaders in all of the amenities they are looking for i.e.: parks, open space, schools, “connectivity” (That was a new word for me, but after some discussion, I like it!), shopping, access to DIA, I could go on, but you get the picture.

As I said in my last blog, we’ve come a long way but there’s still considerable work to be done. However, the encouraging part is we have all of the residents to aid us in getting there!

Read more stories from Gin!


Solid economic activity throughout region

 March Economic Summary

Growth in Metro Denver’s economy and population continues to create demand for goods and services, spurring increased economic activity and growth, according to data released by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) in its Monthly Economic Summary for March 2014.

Forbes released its ranking of the 20 fastest-growing cities with population and economic growth as the ranking criteria. The 2014 ranking placed Metro Denver at number six, which is up 10 spots from the previous year’s report. The report accounted for unemployment rates, median salaries for college-educated workers, and job growth rates.

Population growth has led to more people commuting throughout Metro Denver. The majority of commuters still drive their own vehicles, as witnessed by an 8.2 percent increase in toll transactions on E-470 in 2013. This was the fourth-straight year of traffic growth along the high-speed toll road along the eastern edge of Metro Denver.

Metro Denver residents are also embracing public transportation options. Ridership on the Regional Transportation District (RTD) system totaled 101.9 million total boardings in 2013, a 2.5 percent increase compared with 2012. This was the first time that ridership broke the 100 million passenger mark, likely spurred by the opening of the West Rail Line in April 2013.

“All of these factors point to positive momentum in Metro Denver’s economy,” said Patty Silverstein, president of Development Research Partners and chief economist for the Metro Denver EDC. “We see additional opportunity through the region’s continued infrastructure development including the FasTracks project, Union Station redevelopment, and Denver International Airport’s South Terminal and Westin Hotel and Transit Center construction. These projects are and will continue to be significant generators of jobs and associated growth.”

Metro Denver also attracts a large share of visitors. DIA served slightly more than 4 million passengers in January, a 0.8 percent increase over last year. Further, the average occupancy rate for Metro Denver hotels in January (66.4 percent) was 8.1 percentage points higher than the previous year average, and the January average room rate ($110.49) was up 4.2 percent compared to the level last year.

Hotel occupancy and the number of DIA passengers were two of the 15 Metro Denver indicators that moved in a positive annual direction in this report, up from 14 reported in the previous month. In a typical seasonal response, eight of the indicators moved in a positive monthly direction, compared with 10 in the prior month’s report.

The Monthly Economic Summary provides a snapshot of metro area economic activity, as well as its relationship to national and regional economic trends.

Highlights from this month’s report include :

Labor and Employment

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is currently conducting its annual benchmark revision to the employment data series. Data for January 2014 and revisions to 2013 data will be available in the Metro Denver EDC’s Monthly Economic Summary to be released on April 1.

Commercial Real Estate

The fourth quarter 2013 Denver Office Market Trends report from Newmark Grubb Knight Frank stated that Denver had healthy performance through 2013, placing it as the best year since 2007. The 16-quarter declining trend in vacancies continued throughout the year, reaching a vacancy rate of 15.8 percent. With vacancies on the decline and rents rising, the development pipeline is showing solid increases. The report described 10 projects totaling 1.6 million square feet under construction, with many others on the drawing board.

The fourth quarter analysis in the Office Market Snapshot reports that the office market in Denver experienced a strong year of growth including declining vacancy, increasing rental rates, and new investments. According to Cassidy Turley, the Denver office market achieved its fifth-consecutive quarter of decreasing vacancy as well as the eighth consecutive quarter of increased average direct rents. Average asking rents for class A space ranged from $21 per square foot along Colorado Boulevard to $31 per square foot in the Central Business District.

The CBRE Market Outlook for 2014 presents positive expectations for the year due to healthy growth in the office market in 2013. While most submarkets in Denver experienced progress, the Downtown submarket led the area in activity and perceived market strength. The total vacancy rate declined to 14.1 percent in 2013 with 1.5 million square feet of net absorption. Denver’s vacancy rate is the fifth lowest of the 13 major markets tracked by CBRE.
Residential Real Estate

Home sales closed in Metro Denver decreased 29.2 percent from December to January, and were 4.3 percent lower than in January 2013. There was a nearly 55 percent decline from 13,996 to 6,310 in unsold houses on the market compared to the total last year. Due to lack of inventory, the average home sales price increased over the year. Single-family attached homes, which include condominiums, townhomes, and multi units, increased 17.7 percent compared with January 2013. The average price of a single-family, detached home increased from $306,243 to $339,639, a change of 10.9 percent over-the-year.

Median home prices increased throughout the area. The Denver-Aurora MSA had an 11.2 percent increase in home prices through 2013 ($280,600) compared with 2012 ($252,400), and the Boulder MSA posted an annual increase of 8 percent. From the third quarter to the fourth, the Denver-Aurora MSA experienced a 2.6 percent decline in median home prices to $279,300 while the Boulder MSA showed an increase of nearly eight percent to $442,800. Both MSA’s reported growth over the year with Boulder prices increasing 15.2 percent and Denver increasing 9.6 percent. The United States median price declined roughly five percent from third to fourth quarter but did experience an annual increase of 11.4 percent. Of the 171 MSAs, the Boulder MSA reported the seventh-highest annual increase and the Denver-Aurora MSA increase was 19th highest.

Metro Denver reported an increase in housing foreclosures through the month of January compared with December. Foreclosures in the region were up 11.1 percent from December but down nearly 42 percent from the level last year. The largest monthly increase from December to January was Jefferson County (70 percent) with Broomfield County closely behind (50 percent), though the latter reported a nearly 61 percent filing decrease compared with the previous year level. Denver County and Adams County were the only two counties that reported declines in foreclosures over the month, but filings in all of the counties were lower than their January 2013 level.

Metro Denver reported 7.2 percent decline in residential building permits from December to January. While single-family, detached homes increased 8.4 percent to 516 permits, the other two permit categories showed declines in activity. Multifamily unit permits decreased by 25 percent over the month as single-family attached fell by nearly nine percent. Though permits declined over-the-month, they were still higher than in January of the previous year. Total residential permits issued for January 2013 were 9.7 percent higher than January of 2012.

The Denver Metro Apartment Vacancy and Rent Survey for the fourth quarter of 2013 showed a trend of increasing vacancy rates. The Metro Denver apartment vacancy rate increased 0.8 percentage points to 5.2 percent between the third and fourth quarters, due to increased vacancy rates in five of the six submarkets. The only submarket to report a decline in vacancy rates over-the-quarter was Adams County with 5.3 percent, which fell from the quarter three rate of 5.7 percent. Each Metro Denver submarket showed elevated vacancy rates in quarter four compared to last year’s data except for the Boulder/Broomfield area where vacancy declined. For the year, the 2013 annual average vacancy rate (4.6 percent) in Metro Denver was 0.1 percentage points lower than the 2012 annual rate (4.7 percent). The average annual vacancy rate declined in Arapahoe County and the Boulder/Broomfield market in 2013, while the other four submarkets had increases compared to the 2012 annual rates.

With minor increases in vacancy rates, the average rental rate of apartments in Metro Denver grew steadily with an over the year increase of 6.4 percent. The 2013 average annual rate ($1,026) was 5.3 percent higher than the 2012 average rate ($974) in Metro Denver. The Boulder/Broomfield submarket had the largest increase in rental rates for the year at 8.1 percent while the smallest increase was in Adams County with 3.5 percent. The average annual rental rates in the six submarkets ranged from $1,184 in Boulder/Broomfield to $939 in Adams County.
The Denver Industrial Market Trends report from Newark Grubb Knight Frank stated that in 2013 Denver observed the best growth in the industrial market compared with the last five years. The market moved out of recovery mode and into expansion with 4.4 million square feet absorbed over the year. Overall, the year ended with nine new industrial buildings for a total of 1.2 million square feet, compared to the 496,045 square feet built in 2012. The report also forecasts continued growth and expansion throughout 2014.

The improvement of overall economic conditions led to increased tenant demand within the industrial market in 2013. The CBRE Denver Market Outlook report states that the market is expected to continue to experience increases in rental rates and absorption due to increased activity in sectors such as construction, energy, and manufacturing. The fourth quarter 2013 direct vacancy rate decreased to 4.6 percent and average leasing rates were up from the prior year.

According to the Denver Retail Market Trends report from Newark Grubb Knight Frank, the 2013 Denver retail market achieved its lowest vacancy rate since 2007 at 7.4 percent, down from 8.3 percent at year-end 2012. Investment sales have been stable for the past seven quarters, which is expected to continue. Demand for prime business locations in Denver by national and regional retailers is expected to drive speculative development through the year, helping to attract new retailers.


Name the Next Stapleton Pools


The Stapleton Master Community Association is asking for your ideas to name the next two pools coming to Stapleton soon.

To submit an entry, please email your pool name nomination to events@stapletoncommunity.com or visit our Stapleton MCA Facebook page and leave us a comment! Please do not submit any names with vulgar or suggestive language. You may submit up to 4 entries (2 per pool) – all entries MUST be submitted through email to events@stapletoncommunity.com OR on the Stapleton MCA Facebook page.

Entries will be reviewed and accepted on a first-come basis until March 31. At this time, the MCA will compile our favorite nominations and select 5 names to proceed to the next round in the contest. Beginning April 1, residents will be encouraged to vote on the top 5 pool name entries; entries will be posted to the MCA Facebook page on April 1 – voting will end on April 30.

The MCA will select the top 2 names from the Facebook voting poll as the winners. The pool name winners will be announced on the MCA Facebook page in May 2014. If your entry is selected as a winning name, you will win an after-hours party at the named pool (restrictions do apply, please inquire about details).

The MCA is excited to welcome two new pool facilities to the Stapleton neighborhood! These state-of-the-art facilities are located north of I-70 in Stapleton’s new 8th neighborhood Conservatory Green .

F43 Pool (8863 E. 47th Ave) will feature:

Modern design

Competitive pool with a heavy focus on swim team programming

8 25-meter lap lanes

2 sand volleyball courts, a basketball court, ping pong tables located right outside the facility in F43 Park

F42 (8822 Beekman Street) will feature:

Mid-century modern design

Family-friendly leisure pool

4 25-meter lap lanes

Unique splash features and fountains

Both pools are currently under construction.  The F43 pool is anticipated to be completed this summer; F42 completion date is:  TBD.



March 2014 – RTD FasTracks East Rail Line News


Download the March 2014 East Rail Line News

Construction Completed

–  10 utility relocations including water line installations near the alignment at Elizabeth and Columbine streets in Denver
–  Track installation at Havana Street rail crossing in Denver
–  Monaco Street Parkway roadway reconstruction between Smith Road and 42nd Avenue in Denver

Construction Underway

–  Northbound Quebec Street Frontage Road closed for freight and commuter rail crossing reconstruction in Denver
–  40th Avenue roadway shift approaching York and Josephine streets in Denver
–  Concrete pour on Smith Road between Forest and Dahlia streets, completing half the roadway in Denver

Upcoming Construction

–  Track installation along Smith Road between Peoria Street and Chambers Road
–  Intersection reconstruction at Chambers and Smith roads in Aurora
–  Clayton Street rail crossing reconstruction between 42nd and 43rd avenues in Denver

For more project information: rtd-fastracks.com


Montbello Co-op Food Bank Fills Food Gaps


From the Denver City Council District II Newsletter

The Montbello Co-Op Food Bank in the Arie P. Taylor building helps residents of Northeast Denver put food on the table during difficult times. The food bank is run by the United Church of Montbello and serves residents who live in Montbello and Green Valley Ranch.

“We invite any and everybody to come and visit us,” says Margaret Satchell, one of the food bank’s two co-directors. “We have a small budget. We take a lot of donations and we distribute food out to anybody who needs it.”

“Most of our food comes from the state, says Satchell. “We get that twice a month and we supplement it with the food that is donated or that I go to Food Bank of the Rockies and purchase.”

State-provided food is stored in one room and donated items and other purchases are kept in a separate room. The state provisions during a recent visit included the large bags of pasta and dried beans one might expect, but also a wide variety of fresh produce. A third storage room houses a refrigerator for dairy products and bread, and three freezers for meat and frozen food. How much food each visitor receives is based on guidelines from the state and determined by how many people are in the home.

Residents who wish to receive food must bring photo identification and proof that they live in the 80239 or 80249 zip codes, for state reporting purposes.

While the food bank might be housed in a small space, the team of volunteers that runs it is doing big work.

“In January we serviced 304 households, which included 1,593 individuals, and that number varies a little from month to month,” says Satchell. “And we have fun in here! We laugh a lot, we talk loud sometimes. This is really a wonderful bunch of volunteers we have in here. If it wasn’t for them, we couldn’t do this. I love my volunteers!”

Satchell says the food bank welcomes donations of any nonperishable items, but they are not able to accept clothing. She says the most-needed items are bread and dairy products, and that they are always grateful for help stocking their shelves.

“We are really lucky to have had some people do food drives for us. If people want to have a food drive but do not have a way to get the food here, they can call me and we will come pick it up.”

The food bank also welcomes volunteers from the community.

The Montbello Co-Op Food Bank is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. For more information, call 303-375-5501 or visit in person at 4685 Peoria St.


Autowash @ Northfield


Autowash will be adding a second location, Autowash @ Northfield in the new Conservatory Green neighborhood at Central Park Boulevard near 51st. The new facility will have 3 automatic bays as well as 2 dog wash bays.

Autowash service will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so that you can fit your car care needs when you have time in your schedule. Autowash @ Northfield will be your neighborhood carwash and pet wash featuring advanced technology aiming to provide the highest quality TOUCHLESS automatic wash. You can expect a safe, clean and family friendly facility to take care of your cars and trucks.

Stay tuned for the Autowash @ Northfield grand opening date!


The Urban Suburbanite Buyer at Stapleton


By Greg Pond, TJC Real Estate

Being a Realtor, one of my favorite things is the fact that I get to work with all types of buyers. I feel like there’s always a home out there for anyone who’s looking, and it didn’t take long for me to learn that Stapleton offers something for almost everybody.

As such, I get to work with many different types of clients, and each real estate transaction brings something new to the table, all equally enjoyable.

I find that Stapleton attracts the perfect Urban Suburbanite buyer. The reason is simple: Stapleton is close enough to downtown, and I have found that both families and singles want to be close to that action, yet they want their own space, yards and garages.
Stapleton also offers a lively community to residents, with a busy event schedule from May through September.  It makes it easy for people to get out of their homes and meet their neighbors.

My favorite part of selling new Stapleton neighborhoods, such as Conservatory Green, is that I get to know the builders and the buyers simultaneously. With the combination of new homes and new residents, the development around this area is super exciting!

When I get to witness my buyers receiving the key to their new home, it’s amazing! But it’s just as amazing when I watch homebuyers upsize from a condo into a house or downsize to a townhome that makes more sense for their current lifestyle.  In the end, anything I can do to make my clients smile makes me smile, too.

Urban Suburbanite buyers are choosing Stapleton, and the choices here are just as diverse as my buyers.

Looking to buy or sell a home in Stapleton?  Check in today with Greg of TJC Real Estate or visit his website.


StapleFun at The Stapleton Visitor Center

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Curious about what’s happening in Stapleton this month?  Stop by the Stapleton Visitor Center and check out the new StapleFun board.  It’s our fun and creative community resource that keeps you in the know!

You’ll find information posted on upcoming gardening and culinary classes, resident stories, recommendations for dining and shopping, a photo clothesline and more.

“It’s a great addition to the Visitor Center. It just fits in so well here and it will be a great resource for the community to get information about all things Stapleton.  The Visitor Center team and I get to add the content to StapleFUN that everyone will get to enjoy and appreciate, plus we get to be creative,” said Tammy Tran, Visitor Center coordinator.

Come by the Visitor Center soon to check it out! You’ll love it just as much as we do- plus you could always enjoy a game of ping-pong while you’re there.

Visitor Center Hours:

Mon – Tues:  Closed
Wed – Sat: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Visitor Center Location:
4928 Uinta St.

Community event information can also be found on Stapleton’s community blog .


Your Bluff Lake Neighborhood Update

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Bluff Lake is Stapleton’s 7th great neighborhood, offering residents a variety of amenities.  You’ll find three active pocket parks that were designed to delight the senses (sound, taste and touch).  Combined, these parks also include the sense of sight.  See if you can find the theme that each park shares!Residents in the Bluff Lake neighborhood enjoy living in close proximity to the Bluff Lake Nature Center, where one can explore wildlife while walking the trails in this 123-acre refuge.

The new Isabella Bird Community School, Stapleton’s fourth elementary school (K-5), is under construction and will be completed in time for the 2014-15 school year.  Check out the school’s construction photos here.

Three of Stapleton’s homebuilders have lots available for sale, ranging from the mid-$200s to the mid $400s.  View the home collections here:

KB Home – The Villa Collection

David Weekley Homes – Bluff Lake

CalAtlantic Homes – The Vines


Central Park Recreation Center in Stapleton


StapleFun is a series of stories about what sets Stapleton apart – from homes & apartments to businesses & amenities. Enjoy this compilation of articles about our StapleFun!

 Central Park Recreation Center
By Kelly Kitts
Central Park Supervisor

We can’t believe it either, but it’s been three years since we opened the Central Park Recreation Center in Stapleton. This amazing amenity continues to grow and evolve, making it indispensable to the community.

Did you know Central Park Recreation Center was then, and remains now, the biggest rec center in Denver at 57,000 square feet? From the first day of operation, the Center has been a vibrant fixture for residents of the northeast corridor. Central Park is more than just a recreation center for the Stapleton community; we attract citizens from a number of surrounding neighborhoods too.

Along with our outstanding recreation programs for adults and youth, we have a top-notch aquatics facility, the largest gymnasium in the City’s recreation system and the department’s only childcare facility. Now that we have marked our third anniversary, we are committed to keeping Central Park the outstanding facility that it is.

Due to the popularity of our Fitness and Cardio Room, we have sought out the best equipment for our guests. Recently, we added all new, top-of-the-line equipment to Central Park. Our members may have noticed 12 new Precor Treadmills, 12 Precor Elliptical, 6 Life Fitness Upright Bikes and 6 Life Fitness Recumbent Bikes that were delivered and are ready to support the New Year’s resolutions we all make for a healthier and stronger year.

Additionally, the fitness program added more Yoga, Core Training and Barre Fit classes to the schedule. Our personal training programs are extremely popular, as are the dedicated “Ask the Trainer” floor hours in the weight room, where personal trainer representatives are available to answer your fitness questions and give solid advice about proper lifting techniques. Finally, to address the many new mommies in the area, this spring will bring a Baby and me Yoga program.

Undoubtedly, the swimming pool is busier than ever. The group and private swim lesson programs continue to grow. Our Pool Party Birthday package is one of the more popular programs for kids looking to celebrate a fun day at the pool with friends. In March, the pool will launch our new lifejacket program, providing Coast Guard-approved lifejackets for non-swimmers over the age of three.

At the Central Park Recreation Center, we strive to offer opportunities for all ages — from our Silver Sneakers programs to our youth sports and summer camps. And don’t forget the very popular Saturday Night Live, where kids get a night in and parents get a much-deserved night out!

The first three years of operations have flown by, and we look forward to many more being a member of this vibrant community.


Our Neighbors: Commerce City

Just north of Stapleton is our Adams County neighbor, Commerce City. Commerce City is a growing community that currently spans 41 square miles, and offers a variety of activities that everyone can enjoy.

One of the largest amenities in Commerce City is Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Dick’s Sporting Goods Park is home to the Colorado Rapids, and is currently the largest and most state-of-the art soccer stadium and field complex in the world.

The field complex consists of 24 full-sized, fully-lit sports fields, which includes 22 natural grass and 2 synthetic turf fields that are available to the public.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park will be hosting the first Colorado Rapids game on March 22 against the Portland Timbers. Go Rapids!

Aside from being home to one of the largest soccer venues in the world, Commerce City hosts free and fun-filled events throughout the year.

One main event is the Memorial Day Parade (one of Colorado’s largest parades). This year’s parade will mark its 50th anniversary. The parade starts at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day and runs along a 1.5-mile parade route that begins at 64th Avenue/Newport Street and ends at 6060 E. Parkway Drive. The parade lasts approximately two hours.

Another great amenity for all to enjoy in Commerce City is the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.  With over 15,000 acres, the refuge is a sanctuary for more than 330 species of animals including bison, deer, coyotes, bald eagles and burrowing owls.

Hungry?   Stop by El Jardin Mexican Restaurant located on 6460 E. 73rd Ave.  El Jardin Mexican Restaurant was voted best Mexican restaurant by TheDenverChannel.com.  El Jardin guarantees that you will love their food, or it’s free!

Do you find yourself recommending new restaurants, shops or clubs to your friends?  Please share the news with us and we’ll include it one of the next “Our Neighbors” column.  Email:  info@stapletondenver.com.



New Neighbors: David Weekley Homes


A Home to Grow Into: The Sanders’ Story

Nick and Laura Sanders had made an offer on a home in Harvard Gulch, and after the inspection they realized that the home had issues and would require a good chunk of change to fix it up.  They wanted a more sound investment, a long-term fit for their future needs, and a home they could grow into.

After checking into other new home developments in the city, they eventually chose to have a new Cottages Collection home built by David Weekley Homes in Stapleton’s eighth great neighborhood, Conservatory Green.

The Sanders were familiar with Stapleton.  They have friends who live in the Central Park West neighborhood, and Laura would make the trek from Green Mountain to Dick’s Sporting Good Park for weekly soccer matches.  Now, she only has to look out her front door to catch a glimpse of the stadium.  “Nick travels quite a bit for work and we find the location to DIA a much easier commute than before, and my job is now only four minutes away,” said Laura.

“I also love the green-living aspect of Stapleton; energy-efficient homes, the focus on urban gardening, and the fact that the RTD rail to downtown and DIA will soon become reality and a station will be right here in Stapleton,” said Nick.

“This place reminds me of growing up in Washington Park”, Laura stated.  “Young families are here that are in the same place in life as we are.  It’s a great vibe!”

The Sanders said that their home buying experience with David Weekley Homes was awesome, and that Elizabeth Finnerty, their sales person, was fun to work with.  She made great suggestions on options to enhance their home that they otherwise would not have considered.

“Conservatory Green is a vibrant and picturesque neighborhood with new parks being built. It’s a progressive and diverse design with smaller lots but acres of parks focused on bringing people out of the house and into the community,” Nick shared.  “We believe our investment in Stapleton will sustain its value, if not grow in value.”

The Sanders’ next step as residents is to visit the Stapleton Master Community Association and obtain their resident pool card.  While there, they will inquire about leasing a garden plot in one of the several community gardens sprinkled throughout Conservatory Green.

The Sanders also look forward to meeting their new neighbors and friends, maybe over drinks and dinner across the street at The Shops of Northfield Stapleton.

Welcome home, Nick and Laura!



Missed out on our first free gardening class?


Our first gardening class (Intro to Gardening) at the Stapleton Visitor Center was so popular we decided to add another class for those who missed out.

Stapleton’s Chief Gardening Officer, Bryant Mason, will return to the visitor center to teach a step-by-step class on how to start an easy and productive raised-bed vegetable garden.

Bryant will be covering basic tips for gardening, such as soil development, planting time, fertilizing, weeding, harvesting and more.

The next gardening class (Intro to Gardening) will be at the Stapleton Visitor Center (4928 Uinta St.) at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. All participants will receive their very own Stapleton garden tote!

The class size is limited to 30 people … so sign up early to join other gardeners as we learn more about gardening. To RSVP, email Tammy Tran at tammytran@forestcity.net by Monday, April 1.

Read Byrant’s gardening blog


Important Site Selectors Conference Held in Denver


The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC), the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and statewide economic development groups and companies hosted the 2014 Site Selectors Guild Conference this week in Denver.

 This association of consultants plays a key role in advising multinational and U.S. corporations on where to locate new offices and facilities. Covering topics like global opportunities in the next economy, America’s growth regions and measuring and ranking innovations and entrepreneurship, this conference has created more visibility for the metro area and has expanded relationships with these key location advisers.

The Denver Business Journal explains why it may be the most important meeting this year.


The Urban Farm at Stapleton Offers Gardening Classes


Get ready for garden season!

Garden classes and seminars are offered at The Urban Farm at Stapleton beginning this week.

Seminars will be presented by Colorado Master Gardenerssm.  The CMG program is offered by Colorado State University through the local county extension offices.  All seminars will be approximately one hour in length with hands-on activities where indicated.  A question and answer period will directly follow the seminars.

Seminars are free of charge to the Farm’s Community Garden members, $5 per person for general members of the Farm, and $10 for the general public.  Payment may be made at the beginning of the seminar.  Please RSVP as space is limited.

G1:  Gardening Basics
This seminar is focused for new gardeners, although any gardener is welcome to attend.  Learn about plants and what you need to know to prepare the soil, plant, tend, and harvest your garden.  Proper watering techniques will be discussed as well as preventing fungus, disease, and pests on your treasured garden plants.  Discover the three W’s and garden like a pro.
G1-Th February 27th   6:00 pm                     G1-S March 15th   9:00 am

G2:  Planning your Garden
It’s more than planting your favorite vegetables; having a plan for your garden will make the most of your space and maximize your yield.  Do you have a plan for when your early spring crops are finished? Learn about cool and warm season plants, what to plant, where to plant, and when to plant.
G2-S March 1st   9:00 am                G2-T1 March 18th   6:00 pm            G2-T2 May 6th   9:00 am

Learn more about upcoming garden classes at The Urban Farm +


Healthy Wholesale


Larry Saltzer just wants people to eat healthy.

“I grew up in the food business. Understanding that business, sometimes you read food labels and you say ‘what is this stuff,’” he said. “I wanted people to know what they were eating. We wanted to create something that people could feel good about putting on their table.”

So he and his wife, Allison, started A&L Foods after they moved to Stapleton 10 years ago.

“We produce all natural products with fresh ingredients,” Larry said. “And we have 22 products that we sell through King Soopers.”

The products range from deli salads to dips, and you can find them in King Sooper’s Stapleton cheese & antipasto bar (or the grocer’s other locations).

“Right now, we distribute across the state, but we may expand our offerings by creating a nonperishable line,” he said.

The Saltzers applied for a grant to expand their business last year. While they didn’t get it, they’re open to future growth.

“We’re always looking for similar, nontraditional means of financing,” Larry said. “We also appreciate everyone’s support of our grant efforts and everyone who voted for us.”

For now, they’re loving life in Stapleton.

“We knew some of the first residents, and we saw Stapleton as a happy place to raise a family,” he said. “It was exciting and unknown when we first moved in. But our home is close to work, and life is convenient.”

The Saltzers also garden and bring their company’s healthy approach to their own dinner table.

“It’s nice to have a professional kitchen – it makes it easier to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner,” Larry said. “Healthy, fresh food just doesn’t come out of the box.”

Learn more about A&L Foods!


February 2014 – RTD FasTracks East Rail Line News


Download the February 2014 East Rail Line News

Construction Completed

–  10 utility relocations including electrical installation at 40th Avenue and York Street in Denver
–  Conduit and rail installation at Peoria Street in Aurora, between 37th Avenue and Smith Road
–  Concrete deck pour on the I-70 Flyover Bridge in Aurora between Pagosa Street and 32nd Avenue

Construction Underway

  Roadway reconstruction and track construction along Smith Road between Forest and Dahlia streets
–  Track hardening installation along 40th Avenue between Blake and York streets
–  Continued work on the Green Valley Ranch Bridge in Denver

Upcoming Construction

–  Track installation along Smith Road between Peoria Street and Chambers Road
–  Intersection reconstruction at Chambers and Smith roads in Aurora
–  40th Avenue road closure for continued construction, east of York Street

For more project information: rtd-fastracks.com


Giving Back: Urban Peak


Giving Back: Urban Peak

Volunteering with Urban Peak can be both rewarding and fun! At Urban Peak there are many volunteer opportunities that everyone can enjoy.

Urban Peak is a nonprofit organization that provides supportive housing, educational and employment programs, meals and other services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.  The goal at Urban Peak is to provide these youth with the assistance and support that helps them exit the life on the streets and become self-sufficient.

Want to become a volunteer at Urban Peak? Here are just a few volunteer options to choose from:

Meal preparation (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and holidays)

Leading classes and activities


Maintenance projects

Special events staffing

Photography (newsletters, special events, media releases, etc.)

Office assistance

Become a volunteer at Urban Peak and have fun while making a difference in our youth’s world.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities, requirements and events.


Stapleton’s New High School



Denver Public Schools (DPS) hasn’t built a new high school location since 1980.

Denver, Colorado – LOA Architecture, P.C. is well underway with the design of a new school campus in the Stapleton community, funded by the 2012 DPS Bond Program. The building site is located on 20 acres with adjacent athletic fields at the southeast corner of 56th Avenue and Central Park Boulevard.

It’s all north of I-70 and close to The Shops at Northfield Stapleton. The campus is expected to open in August 2015.

In an effort to strengthen the design team, LOA Architecture asked the local firm of H+L Architecture to be the associate architectural firm. In December, GE Johnson was selected as the Construction Manager/General Contractor.


My Way To Go


Now there’s a new resource for your daily drive!

My Way To Go allows commuters to review all of their travel options, offering them resources to take public transit, walk, bike or share a ride.

“This could cut down on single-occupant vehicle traffic in Denver,” said Jesse Livingston with the Stapleton Transportation Management Association (TMA). “That will reduce air pollution and improve annoying traffic issues.”

The online tool also compares each transit option, weighing the cost, distance, time and impact on the environment.

“It really is an excellent resource to help you with your daily commute,” Jesse said. “You can find carpool buddies, set up a carpool network for your workplace, view local bike and walking routes, access bus lines, and more.”

See the transportation tool!


The Neighborhood Park

Stapleton’s Central Park sometimes gets all of the attention. There’s a lot to see in those 80 acres. A sledding hill, walking paths, an urban forest, playground, pond. And Westerly Creek & Greenway Park are equally impressive with their wide open spaces and winding trails.

But why does the underdog always seem to capture our attention? Why are we so captivated by the little engine (or park) that could? Stapleton is full of neighborhood parks that may only be an acre or less, but they’re ours.

They’re right outside the front door, and they’re the best spot for snow fights, family barbeques, neighborhood block parties, and time with a new book. They’re a retreat. A getaway. An urban oasis. And there’s always a new detail to see. That perfect bench. A shady spot. Flowers that take your breath away.

So step outside and say hello to Stapleton’s little guys. The unsung heroes of landscaping that make our neighborhood beautiful. There are 35+ parks that run along streets and around homes, and they’re just waiting for you to stop by …

Explore a map of Stapleton’s parks and available homes!


New Neighbors: Wonderland Homes’ Heritage Collection


Laurie Christensen and Paul Carrara were looking for a connection.

A link to community. Open space. Area amenities. And what matters to them.

They found it all in Stapleton.

“A lot of the things I was used to doing in Wash Park are already planned here,” Laurie said. “It wasn’t a culture shock.”

The couple moved into Wonderland Homes’ Heritage Collection right before the new year.

“We lived in the Wash Park neighborhood for 20 years but were seeing too many homes scraped to build something new,” Paul said.

“A lot of them just weren’t done well, and we wanted to try something new. We had never lived in a brand new house,” Laurie said.

Now, they’re already meeting the neighbors.

“One of our neighbors just brought us a bottle of wine,” Laurie said. “And by mid-February, our courtyard will be fully occupied. Things are moving.”

She and Paul are in Stapleton’s eighth neighborhood, Conservatory Green.

“We love that it’s connected to open space – there’s green space on either side of us … and we can jump on our bikes, ride the Sand Creek trail and connect to the South Platte River,” Laurie said. “We looked at other communities, but they just didn’t have the same access.”

The couple plans to garden, and they appreciate the low maintenance of their landscaped courtyard.

“We also needed a main-floor master, and I wanted the laundry to be on the first level,” Laurie said. “We’re retired, so if something happens and we can’t handle the stairs, we’ll still be OK.”

She said the home’s craftsman style matches their personal taste and furniture.

“I’ve been collecting our furniture for years,” Laurie said.

She and Paul often walk to the Starbucks in The Shops at Northfield Stapleton and are regulars at the Central Park Recreation Center.

“That’s a first-class exercise facility,” he said.

They also make time for the Farmers Market and love the Stapleton Master Community Association’s Active Minds series.

“The first month here has exceeded our expectations,” Laurie said. “The events and everything make it easier to feel connected to the community.”

Meet other homebuyers who are helping Stapleton take shape!


Area Volunteer Opportunities


Just a few minutes of your time can make a huge difference …. take a look at volunteer opportunities with Mercy Housing Colorado!

Mercy Housing is a nonprofit organization that is working to build healthy communities where people can develop their full potential.

With 16 properties throughout Colorado, Mercy Housing provides safe, affordable housing to moderate-income families, seniors and people with special needs. Two of Mercy Housing’s properties are right here in Stapleton, Bluff Lake Apartments and Parkside Apartments.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Here are several volunteer opportunities that Mercy Housing offers:

  • Property Projects – Love the outdoors? These projects might be a great fit. Projects can include landscaping, cleaning, community gardening, building playgrounds and other beautification projects.
  • Resident Services Support – Highlight your skills. Use your brain power and help teach a class, be a tutor or provide tech support by helping with technical issues and more in computer labs.
  • Events – The more the merrier! Help residents celebrate by offering a helping hand with community meals, holiday parties, birthday parties and/or other festive events.
  • Administrative and Event Support – Working together makes everything better. Many offices can use general office support to keep up with operations during busy times and special events.

Make a difference in your community … make a difference at Mercy Housing!

For more information, contact Mercy Housing Colorado at 303.830.3300 or email info@mercyhousing.org.


Explore: The Urban Farm at Stapleton


Explore:  The Urban Farm at Stapleton

Cultivating Kids, Crops & Animals

It all began with one boy.

A boy who was struggling to fit in at school.

A boy whose teacher suggested he spend time after school learning to care for horses. That was in 1993, and since then The Urban Farm (TUF) at Stapleton has emerged in to a well-known, non-profit organization that teaches agricultural and environmental education to urban children, youth and their families.

Last year, more than 3,000 kids participated in the many programs at The Urban Farm, over 2,000 children attended field trips, and upwards of 800 + volunteers offered their services that provided over 12,000 hours of labor.

Year-long riding programs are offered Monday through Friday at the farm for children ages 5 to 18, and seasonal programs take place throughout the year such as Embracing Horses, Summer Camps Farm-School Science Partnerships, 4H programs and a Community Garden.

Summer Camps will run Monday through Friday mornings beginning June 9: Kids can attend “I Want to be a Farmer” (7- to 10-year-olds), “Storybook Farm” (4- to 6-year-olds) or “Embracing Horses” (5- to 15-year-olds). And there are Day Camps called “Everything Horses (8- to 15-year-olds) and “Trail Riding Camp” (8- to 15-year-olds). Lastly, evening riding classes are available for all levels (5- to 18-year-olds) from June 3 to Aug. 30.

The farm also offers opportunities for adults to get involved. Garden plots are available to lease (see rates here). Colorado Master Gardeners are there to help, and seasonal garden classes are offered the first Saturday of each month (free to those who lease a plot, $10 for the general public). For more information regarding the gardens at The Urban Farm, please contact Evelyn Alton at altonevelyn@comcast.net.

On the day we visited the farm, the staff and volunteers were busy working with the Fabulous Farm Animals (catch a video of the animals), an educational program in which school children visit the National Western Stock Show (NWSS), test their animal knowledge and possibly win a field trip for their class to visit the farm. Staff and volunteers bring farm animals and put on two daily shows for children attending the stock show. Several TUF-4H kids also participated in animal shows at the NWSS.

Harold Skramstad, board president of The Urban Farm stated “where else in America will you ever find a place like this in the heart of the city, where you can ride a horse, walk or bike miles of trails that connect the community in both directions along the Sand Creek Greenway. Nowhere but at The Urban Farm in Stapleton.”

Come explore The Urban Farm and see for yourself the joy it brings to thousands of our urban youth: When planning your next group field trip, company volunteer day, summer camp for your child, or a garden plot to nurture this spring and summer, choose The Urban Farm at Stapleton! There’s no other place like it …

Contact information for The Urban Farm: