By Michael Abeyta

DENVER (CBS4) – Saturday was a great day to be outside. Neighbors in Stapleton came out to have fun and raise awareness with a picnic.

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It looked just like a normal neighborhood gathering complete with a grill and games, but the people who came out to Prairie Meadow Park in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood Sunday came out to be seen.

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Lori Pace is the founder of Soulfully Stapleton. She organized Sunday’s picnic to show her community that diversity is all around them.

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She says it’s been a tough summer. First residents and business owners in the neighborhood decided to keep the area’s name of Stapleton; it was named after a former Denver mayor who had ties with the KKK.

Then she says racist graffiti showed up at the park and a young man was killed in a shooting.

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The picnic wasn’t a big event, but Lori says it shows what Stapleton is really all about.

“I wanted people to know that this is a safe park and that there are families of color that are doing positive things and people who are really disenfranchised or underrepresented. I wanted them to have an opportunity to have a safe place so I wanted to dedicate the park as a safe place” she said.

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In addition to the picnic, Soulfully Stapleton plans to plant a tree in the spring to remember the young man who was killed and promote inclusion.

Michael Abeyta