We are excited to announce that our generous community raised $63,956 in response to a generous matching challenge to raise $50,000 in December 2016, and...

…We have exceeded the $1.8 million needed to renovate and reconstruct the Cranmer Park Sundial & Plaza!!

Warm thanks to everyone who has contributed to Saving Our Sundial! We’d like to highlight several especially generous gifts that were received in the final months of the campaign: $50,000 from Graland Country Day School, an additional $75,000 contribution from the Stapleton Family through the Harmes C. Fishback Trust, and a recent $75,000 gift from the Patten-Davis Foundation toward an associated public art project and a preservation fund for the site. 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, 2016. We will publish the full list of contributors in the upcoming months.

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 an 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.

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

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!
- Lizzi Sullivan Beyer

What’s Next?

We are working with our partners in the Department of Parks and Recreation to move the contracting process along. We look forward to breaking ground later this year and will post updates periodically. So stay tuned!

The Final Hours

A Success!

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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!

Contact Us

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