Citizens of Denver voted overwhelmingly to tax themselves to create a new park system in the foothills west of Denver on May 21, 1912. That vote marked the birth of the Denver Mountain Parks system, which has now grown to include more than 14,000 acres of parks and conservation areas in four counties.
Join us in celebrating the Mountain Parks today, and every day! Watch this space for announcements of activities and events, and learn more about your surprising Mountain Parks. From bison herds to Buffalo Bill, and from Sedalia to the top of Mount Evans, Denver Mountain Parks have something to offer today, just as they did one hundred years ago.
MOUNTAIN PARKS AMENDMENT CARRIES BY BIG MAJORITY
—from the Colorado Transcript, May 23, 1912
It will be good news to Golden and Jefferson county to learn that the Mountain Parks amendment was carried by a big majority at the Denver election Tuesday. At the time of going to press last night it was stated that it had carried by at least 6,000. The charter amendment gives the City of Denver power to buy land and to build roads and aid in building them, so that the city may unite in building or maintaining new or existing roads with Jefferson county. The plan embraces a chain of roads and parks from Golden, through the mountains to Evergreen and to Morrison. The first park in the series will be on Lookout mountain, so the victory of the parks boosters at the polls mean the early completion of the scenic road now in construction from Golden to Lookout mountain.