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DENVER (CBS4) – Park Hill has long had a reputation of being a very involved neighborhood. Now it’s rolling out it’s “Main Street” and inviting the whole city.
On Sunday Park Hill is hosting Viva Streets Denver along 23rd Avenue from Colorado Boulevard all the way to Quebec Street. It’s all about living healthy and enjoying what your neighborhood has to offer.
In Spanish the word “ciclovia” means bike parkway. But in recent years, cities like Portland, San Francisco and New York have used it to describe a street closure to foster civic pride and physical activity. That’s what Park Hill will be doing.
“It’s really to promote our streets as part of the healthy environment, as part of our Healthy Denver,” Tracy Boyle with Live Well Colorado said. “That’s why Live Well Colorado and Bike Denver thought that Denver really needed to have a ciclovia.”
This Sunday people near and far are encouraged to ditch the car and bike, stroll, and even dance along the two-mile stretch of 23rd from Colorado to Quebec.
“Park Hill and Stapleton are just active neighborhoods that love to get out and take part in activities that foster civic pride and give an opportunity to visit with one another,” Boyle said.
A bicyclist herself, Boyle said that other activities, like Yoga in the Park, Zumba, and healthy demonstrations will also take place along the route.
“We get people that come in here and they can’t believe they didn’t know this place was here,” Spinelli’s Market manager Kelsey Covell said.
Covell is a Park Hill resident as well. She’s excited that more people will have an opportunity to discover the neighborhood’s hidden gems.
“Whether they live here, it’s fantastic, but if you don’t live here, come on over and there’s just so many neat, little things going on in this neighborhood,” Boyle said. “You may not see if you drive by in a car, but you will see if you’re on your bike or you’re walking.”