New Freedom Park

For years, a dusty lot in a multinational refugee community was the site of a small community garden and informal neighborhood gathering place. Thanks to community energy and input and partnerships with the city and local foundations, this new park is now a cherished common ground where garden plots, a soccer field, shaded seating, and play spaces bring far-flung cultures together, as immigrant families put down roots in their new country.

Working closely with Denver Parks and Recreation, the Colorado Health Foundation, local nonprofit and business partners, and, most importantly, residents—we transformed a vacant lot into the  New Freedom Park, which opened in 2012. Thanks to community energy and input and partnerships with the city and local foundations, this new park is now a cherished common ground where garden plots, a soccer field, shaded seating, and play spaces bring far-flung cultures together, as immigrant families put down roots in their new country.

The park was recognized with a Frontier Parks Award from the City Parks Alliance and is inspiring work in Denver and across the country.

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