Villa Park Neighborhood Assoc

Villa Park

The fundamental purpose of the Villa Park Neighborhood Association is to carry out the charitable and educational purposes stated in the Articles of Incorporation and to engage in activities consistent with those purposes, such as organizing residents to identify common neighborhood problems and to take collective action to address those problems. The Villa Park Neighborhood Association will work to combat community deterioration, ease neighborhood tensions, improve the quality of life for all residents and work for the continued improvement of all aspects of the Villa Park neighborhood.

Contact: JoAnn Phillips, 303-825-5756, joann_phillips@comcast.net

The Villa Park neighborhood got its start in 1871, when a mixture of Colorado and eastern developers bought 1000 acres in what is now Villa Park-Barnum area. According to the Rocky Mountain News of August 24, 1871, the group planned a subdivision which would include artifical lakes in ravines on the property, grand views, and streets with pedestrian walkways. Inital plans for the area included a hotel, landscaping by the man who designed Central Park in New York City, and a design consultation group to review plans for the new housing.

Eight years later, in 1879, the still largely-undeveloped land was sold to Phineas Barnum, whose family was extremely active in real estate development in Denver. Barnum is credited with establishing Villa Park School in 1879.

From 1900 to 1939, slow but steady residential development occurred in Villa Park. An average of 14 dwelling units were added per year, with a total of 577 single and multi-unit dwellings added during this time. Over 91.5% of these were single-unit dwellings. From the 1940’s through 1950’s, the area was largely built-out with single-unit dwellings. During the late 1950’s, and into the 1960’s and 1970’s, multi-unit construction predominated, particularly on sites at the western edge of Villa Park.

Villa Park’s hilly topography provides panoramic views of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains, particularly from Lakewood/Dry Gulch which divides the neighborhood diagonally. The gulches and ravines provide open space for bike ways and parks. The Lakewood/Dry Gulch bike way connects to the Platte River Valley Greenway and truly is an asset to the Villa Park Neighborhood.

Now, I know the last 4 paragraphs have not been about the neighborhood association, but I wanted you to know a little bit about us and how our neighborhood came to be. The historical section came from the Villa Park Neighborhood Plan. The neighborhood planning process help to launch the Villa Park Neighborhood Association. However, this wouldn’t have happen without a lot of help from neighborhood residents who cared