We’re breaking ground!!
Warm thanks to everyone who has contributed to Saving Our Sundial! In partnership with the City of Denver, we are thrilled to have raised the necessary funds needed to renovate and reconstruct the Cranmer Park Sundial & Plaza. We are pleased to have the support of more than 700 households and dozens of foundations and businesses who value this special site and appreciate the vital role that Denver’s parks, shared spaces, and special places play in all our lives. Additionally, through the Departments of Parks & Recreation and Arts & Venues, the City will contribute more than half of the anticipated construction costs. Our fall Park Bench newsletter includes a list of SOS contributors as of August 31, 2017.
2017 was a long year of slow but steady progress in moving the project from the fundraising phase to the construction phase. We faced delays due to Denver’s vibrant construction environment and some new requirements in the review process, but we are moving forward!
Join us for a groundbreaking ceremony at 1:30pm on Monday, December 18th at the Sundial Plaza!
Krische Construction will continue working throughout 2018 (weather permitting) with anticipated completion by late fall 2018.
[Scroll down for information re: November 2017 Plaza Closure.]
Support an Enduring Legacy
We are still accepting gifts to the Save Our Sundial Fund. Gifts already received in excess of what’s needed for the reconstruction as well as additional donations will be placed in a preservation endowment account to fund ongoing preservation of the sundial, mosaic mountain panorama, and plaza.
We appreciate gifts of all sizes and accept gifts of stock. (donate online here, Stock Gifting Form here). *Contributions of $5,000 and greater will receive permanent recognition onsite at the sundial plaza.
- 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
The Sundial is gorgeous, unique and quintessentially Denver. It’s the home of so many wonderful memories for my family. I knew it was the spot I wanted to take the wedding photos that I would cherish for my whole life!November 2017 Plaza Closure
- Lizzi Sullivan Beyer
In November 2017 the plaza was closed for safety. Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) staff determined it was necessary to immediately fence off the plaza due to public safety concerns. Over the past 2 years DPR staff has been patching the plaza as necessary. However, following several residents’ calls to the City expressing safety concerns, DPR staff reevaluated the site and determined that the continued deterioration and vandalism cannot be addressed through patchwork. With the site’s upcoming reconstruction, the plaza would remain closed until reconstruction efforts are complete. Click here for more information from DPR. As we all know, the plaza has been in dire need of true repair, and its deterioration has been increasing. More than ever, we are very eager for the plaza’s reconstruction so we can all safely enjoy this special place restored to its full glory. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
The Final Hours
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
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!
Restoration that Lasts
Dig in to learn more about our Cranmer Park and our plans
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, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org!
Click your question to get your answer
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?YES!!!
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
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In earlier years, the City of Denver generously committed $545,000 to the project, through the Parks and Recreation and the Arts and Venues departments... and they are planning to request an additional $300,000 in the City’s 2017 budget, so it’s up to us to rally together to raise the rest! When we do, rest assured, we're uniquely positioned to be good stewards of your hard earned donations.
We've partnered with Rally4 to help us take secure donations. If you'd like to make an online donation, we'd be forever grateful. And of course, they're tax deductible!
You can also mail your donation payable to the “Save Our Sundial Fund” care of The Park People, 1510 S. Grant Street, Denver, CO 80210. We also accept gifts of stock as well as pledges, payable by December 2016 (Pledge Form here).
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
*Contributions of $5,000 and greater will receive permanent recognition onsite at the sundial plaza.