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Every year the Trust for Public Land evaluates and ranks the park systems of the top 100 most populous cities in the country, which includes Denver.

This year’s “Parks and Equitable Recovery” study ranked parks based on their walking access, acreage, monetary investment, and amenities, plus a brand new factor: equity. Equity was judged on park space per capita in neighborhoods of color compared to white neighborhoods, as well as in low-income neighborhoods versus high-income neighborhoods. 

Overall, Denver landed at #19 (Aurora came in at #25). Here’s how Denver scored:

  • Walking access: 85 points out of a possible 100
  • Acreage: 50/100
  • Monetary investment: 69/100
  • Amenities: 58/100
  • Equity: 68/100

👉 What you can do: 

☀️ Speaking of parks, that’s where I might be on this mild spring day filled with sunny skies and highs in the mid-70s. 

—Peyton Garcia (@peytonmgarcia)

🍎 Trouble already for DPS superintendent pick?
A federal lawsuit filed against the New Rochelle School District in New York names Alex Marrero among the district leaders who are being accused of fostering a hostile work environment. This comes just days before the Denver Public School board is set to officially vote on Marrero as the new district superintendent. DPS leaders have said they are aware of the lawsuit and stand behind their decision to bring in Marrero. [Chalkbeat]

😷 Updates to Colorado capacity limits
State officials placed a new public health order into effect yesterday that removed capacity restrictions for all indoor gatherings (prior to this, events with 500-plus people still had to adhere to capacity limits). Additionally, only children 10 and younger were exempt from mask requirements. Under the new order, that age exemption has been upped to include 11 year olds. Local governments, however, still have the prerogative to enact stricter guidelines. [9News]

🍻 Cheers! Common consumption coming to Five Points
Denverites hanging out on Welton Street in Five Points may soon be able to hop between restaurants and bars with a boozy beverage in hand. A group of neighboring Welton Street businesses, including Spangalang Brewery, Mimosa’s, and Welton Street Cafe, are working together to turn their strip of Five Points into one of Denver’s first official common consumption zones. [Denver7]

🌭 Civic Center Eats is back! 
Yesterday marked the official return of the cherished summertime tradition that is Civic Center Eats. Dozens of local food trucks will once again pack Civic Center Park at lunchtime Tuesday-Thursday. To make up for last year’s abridged version of the event, the food trucks will expand their hours in the park this summer from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. [Denver7]
👉 What you can do: Browse featured food trucks and menus here, then place your order online ahead of time to beat the crowds!


A Pastor’s Journey from Evangelical to Trans
17 mins 

Paula Stone Williams, a transgender pastor out of Longmont, talks about her brand new memoir, “As A Woman,” which examines her life pre- and post-transition and the lessons she's learned about gender.


+ THURSDAY: Park Hill Farm and Flea
This week kicks off the return of the summertime Park Hill community market taking place every Thursday from 4-8 p.m. featuring more than 40 local vendors.

+ THURSDAY: Avanti Summer Movie Series
Avanti’s Summer Movie Series begins this Thursday at 9 p.m. with “Sandlot.” The first 20 people to show up with their own chairs win a free beer!

+ FRIDAY: Adrian Miller Creative Showcase
Join Denver’s own prolific pitmaster Adrian Miller for a candid conversation about creativity. (Pssst! Also check out this episode of City Cast Denver featuring Miller and his newest book surrounding the history of barbecue.)


A Boulder County Farmers Market (Cyrus McCrimmon/Denver Post/Getty Images)

Fresh Food Connect is an app that connects local gardeners growing produce in their backyards with hunger relief organizations in the area. The Denver-based app launched as a pilot program in 2016, but since then it has developed partnerships with 45 hunger relief partners across 17 states — nearly half of them are in Colorado. Last year, the app connected Denver Food Rescue with 229 local growers, resulting in 3,500 pounds of food being distributed throughout the Five Points neighborhood to families grappling with food insecurity. Fresh Food Connect will host a gardener meet-and-greet event later this month. [9News]

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