Located in the northeastern quadrant of the city, it is bordered by Colorado Boulevard on the west, East Colfax Avenue on the south, Quebec Street on the east, and East 52nd Avenue on the north. It is further divided by the City and County of Denver into three administrative neighborhoods, South Park Hill, North Park Hill, and Northeast Park Hill.
In 1887, Baron Allios Gillaume Engine von Winckler platted the original Park Hill development on 32 acres of land he owned east of City Park. This development was bordered by present day Montview Boulevard on the south, Colorado Boulevard on the west, East 26th Avenue on the north, and Dahlia Street on the east, placing it in what is now the western portion of South Park Hill.
In 1898, in response to the Spanish-American War, Baron von Winckler allowed land directly north of the original development to be used as a camp for the Colorado National Guard. It housed 1,400 troops in tents. Shortly after this, the Baron committed suicide, reportedly after seeing the troops leave for the Philippines.
The first homes in Park Hill were offered for sale in 1900. As the neighborhood grew, settlers from many nations, including England, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy moved in, as did African Americans. After World War II, residential development increased in the northern part of the neighborhood.
True to its roots, Park Hill today remains a diverse community representing many ethnic backgrounds.
South Park Hill
In 2000, South Park Hill had 8,541 residents in 3,644 households. Its population was 74.6% white (Anglo), 8.1% Hispanic, and 12.8% black. Its median income was $88,478.59, well above the city’s overall median income of $55,128.62.
North Park Hill
In 2000, North Park Hill had 10,057 residents in 3,944 households. Its population was 27.6% white (Anglo), 10.9% Hispanic, and 56.0% black. Its median income was $58,392.34, slightly higher than the city’s overall median income of $55,128.62. North Park Hill has always been the most diverse neighborhood in the Park Hill area. Its its a poster of a American middle-class neighborhood. Although 15 years ago most of North Park Hill was around 70% Black, and faced many street gang problems that newer Denver neighborhoods, progressive measures by the city cleaned up most of the problems. Park Hill’s location, beautiful brick homes and at the time lower housing costs made it appealing to many suburban whites who seeked to move back into the city. Also there has been an increased Hispanic population throughout Park Hill and other surrounding East Denver neighborhoods, most notably Five Points and Whittier.
Northeast Park Hill
In 2000, Northeast Park Hill had 7,824 residents in 2,633 households. Its population was 4.7% white (Anglo), 23.8% Hispanic, and 68.5% black. Its median income was $37,468.06, below the city’s overall median income of $55,128.62.
Park Hill community
The Greater Park Hill Community (GPHC) is a non-profit neighborhood organization formed in 1961. The GPHC, managed and staffed largely by volunteers, is involved in the following tasks:
Most significantly, it serves as a liaison between local residents and businesses and the City and County of Denver.
- It publishes a monthly newspaper, the Greater Park Hill News, which is distributed free to residents of Park Hill’s administrative neighborhoods and nearby businesses.
- It operates a Youth Jobs Program to help young people ages 12-15 find summer jobs.
- It sponsors an annual home tour in the fall.