Friday, July 1, 2016


Independence Day Family Fun Festival

Join us for a fun night of fun games, music, and good conversation.


Call 303-722-6262 to RSVP!

Join us on Friday, July 1st for the Independence Day Family Fun Festival! We’ll enjoy a fun evening of live music, community, and kid-friendly activities, including bungee trampolines, a climbing wall, a magician, character performers, live animals, facepainting, and carnival games! Live music will feature Soundhouse bands Soul Confluence and Groove Trader, amazing, professional-sounding musicians aged 13-18.

An exciting new feature this year: a silent auction of paintings of the sundial and the Hilltop neighborhood by local artists! Enjoy and bid on works by artists including Tim Brenner, Mark Dickson, Barbara Froula, Melinda Haymons, Scott Lines, Beverly Thomas, Nancy Welter, and John Wilson.

Bring a picnic or enjoy fare from savory and sweet food trucks onsite. We’ll top off the evening with a spectacular view of the Glendale fireworks after dark!

We’ve requested better weather this year. :) But in the off-chance of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Graland Country Day School (55 Clermont St, directly south of the park).

Admission is free, Activities require tickets, which can be purchased at the park. RSVP and join us on July 1st! We hope to see you there!

Campaign Update

Through the generosity of donors like you, we are making steady progress on reaching our project goal of $1.8 million.

We are very pleased to announce that in honor of former Denver Mayor Ben Stapleton, the Stapleton Family through the Harmes C. Fishback Trust has issued a $50,000 challenge grant to the community. All donations up to $50,000 received between May 15th and July 15th will be matched dollar for dollar! Give now to double the value of your donation!

We plan to raise the remaining funds by the end of 2016, so construction may commence in the spring of 2017. With $300,000 in proposed 2017 additional City funding, we have less than $290,000 to go to reach our goal. YOU can help GET ‘ER DONE! Please donate today – and please spread the word to rally the support of others who care about the sundial, our local parks, and quality of life in our community!

We appreciate gifts of all sizes and accept gifts of stock as well as pledges, payable by December 1, 2016 (Pledge Form here). *Contributions of $5,000 and greater will receive permanent recognition onsite at the sundial plaza.

Giving Levels:

  • Front Range – gifts over $20,000*
  • Mount Evans – gifts over $10,000*
  • Longs Peak – gifts over $5,000*
  • Pikes Peak – gifts over $1,000
  • Grays Peak – gifts over $500
  • Torreys Peak – gifts over $100
  • Saving Our Sundial

    With help from The Park People

    What is SOS?

    Conducted in partnership with Denver Parks and Recreation, Save Our Sundial is a community-based effort to raise funds to restore the Cranmer Park Sundial & Plaza, one of Denver’s great park landmarks.

    The Park People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working in partnership with neighborhood leaders to raise the $1.8 million needed to preserve this community treasure for generations to come.

    Our Timeless Park

    Learn more about the sundial, the plaza, and the park

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    The Sundial Plaza

    The park is used by thousands of Denverites and visitors enjoying our beautiful outdoors and is a regular stopping point for tour buses. Whether it’s playing sports, creating memories for life’s most cherished moments, taking a walk with friends, or man’s best... Cranmer Park is near and dear to all of our hearts.

    Originally named Mountain View Park, it's a visual gateway to the mountains. The edge of the plaza is bordered by a beautiful (but cracking) stone mosaic panorama depicting the mountain range. The plaza is a great spot for viewing sunsets, 4th of July fireworks, and five 14ers (14,000+ foot mountains… for the non-native Coloradans).

    The park was renamed for George Cranmer, a former manager of Denver’s Department of Parks and Improvements and the visionary behind Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Winter Park. Cranmer personally donated the sundial, carved from quartzite stone quarried in Lyons, CO and based on an ancient Chinese sundial design. The beloved sundial is an iconic landmark for the Hilltop neighborhood, and it’s a point of pride for young children throughout the city to “summit” the sundial on their own.

    See the Damage

    Learn why we're raising money

    A Foundation of Rubble

    Unfortunately, the plaza was originally built on rubble and has no firm foundation. This has caused the plaza to buckle and sag, seriously damaging the flagstone, mortar, and mosaic panorama. In addition, vandals have chipped the face of the sundial.

    The current sundial plaza is in such disrepair that it is on Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s list of Most Endangered Places 2013. Let's do our part to move the Sundial Plaza from that endangered list to the SAVED list!
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    Restoration that Lasts

    Dig in to learn more about our Cranmer Park and our plans

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    To do this project right so that it lasts for generations to come, we need to take drastic action. We will undertake a long-lasting and historically accurate restorative rebuild of the plaza, mosaic panorama, and sundial. We will remove the entire plaza, lay a new solid foundation, rebuild the plaza with a slight grade to improve drainage, and repair the face of the sundial.

    We've got big plans! Download the detailed plans to learn more about the specific work to be done. FYI they’re about 2.6 MBs of PDFs.

    We're in Good Hands

    The Park People, working with our community

    In its 47 year history, The Park People has infused millions of dollars into Denver's parks through the restoration of existing park infrastructure for fountains, historical park buildings, and through new construction for playgrounds and recreation facilities.

    The City of Denver has generously committed $545,000 to the project, and we’re working closely with committed neighborhood leaders to raise the remaining $1 million needed to restore the Sundial & Plaza. Now we need to rally the whole Denver community to Save Our Sundial!

    Join Our Team!

    Help rally our community to Save Our Sundial! You can join our SOS Committee… Help at an event or with a specific task… Do you have skills in grant writing or marketing that you’d like to volunteer? Would you like to host a house party for the campaign? Contact us at 303-722-6262, or!


Click your question to get your answer

SOS Campaign

  • How Much Will Restoration Cost?

    The cost of the overall project is estimated to be $1.8 million. The City of Denver has generously committed $545,000 to the project, through the Parks and Recreation and the Arts and Venues departments. So it's up to our community to raise the rest!
  • Where Do the Donations Go?

    100% of your donations go to the Save Our Sundial Fund managed by The Park People, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
  • Are Donations Tax Deductible?

  • Are There Giving Levels?

    Front Range – gifts over $20,000

    Mount Evans – gifts over $10,000

    Longs Peak – gifts over $5,000

    Pikes Peak – gifts over $1,000

    Grays Peak – gifts over $500

    Torreys Peak – gifts over $100


We couldn't do it with out their help!


We can't wait to see you!
Friday, July 1, 2016
Cranmer Park : 4501 E 1st Ave Denver CO 80220
Call 303-722-6262 to RSVP

Contact Us

The Park People | | 1510 S. Grant Street, Denver, CO 80210 | 303.722.6262 |