SUBMITTED BY ALLISON CROUDER
What an effort the city staff and volunteers put forth to bring the Cherry Hills Village community together for this anniversary. I went to a conference recently, where the topic of discussion was, “What is community?” There were several examples that popped up from the crowd, but the underlying current was that community is a state of mind as a result of coming together and supporting one another…a group where you can give and receive support. Communities can come in any shape and size and have different reasons for forming, but one thing is clear, the administrators of this sweet town of Cherry Hills Village are striving to provide its citizens a true sense of community.
In recent years, through the efforts and donations of many wonderful and giving residents this residential haven has acquired a state-of-the-art city hall, fire department and art pieces about the town. With John Meade Park being re-developed it was the perfect setting to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the city of Cherry Hills Village. Former mayor Doug Tisdale reminded everyone that Cherry Hills is considered the number one city to live in America. With the dedication and passion of its current mayor Russell Stewart and the community support of his predecessors Laura Chrisman, Doug Tisdale, and Jeff Welbourne and others all present and promoting this community.
For those residents that attended this event, it was splendid with great entertainment and food for the family. Attendees enjoyed several happenings at the picnic, such as a dedication of a time capsule, an ensemble choir performance by St Mary’s Academy and a live performance by the band Ted Parks and The Busted Bones. Kids and parents were dancing in the sun, all while the Arapahoe County Mounted Patrol skirted the park allowing neighbors to come meet the officers and steeds. We may not see the mounted patrol regularly in CHV as they tend to service our more densely populated areas in Arapahoe County, but they will make themselves available at community events such as this, so keep them in mind. Food was provided by a local Cherry Hills restaurant called Pinos Pizza near Hampden and Broadway and Billy’s Gourmet Hot Dogs from downtown on Larimer Street.
The message was made clear from our mayor to support our local businesses. There isn’t a lot of commerce in Cherry Hills Village, but of those that the city does have, the request was made to support them.
Currently there is an issue involving the future of Quincy Farms and what the citizens are desiring with that 17 acre property. Information can be found at www.cherryhillsvillage.com and then search Quincy Farm to review.
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Lastly, there was a recap of a few critical points in the history of Cherry Hills that could have changed the makeup of the town entirely. Mayor Stewart pointed out the events over the decades that would have changed the Village entirely. A few of his examples were, in the 1950s, Denver Country Club almost purchased the property that now holds the beautiful campus for Kent Denver School which is a treasure in the heart of this community.
In 1967 there was a push from Cherry Hills to merge with Greenwood Village. This merging of towns was voted down by Greenwood Village residents; the mayor pointed out that Greenwood Village currently is structured very differently than Cherry Hills Village with the community holding dear to its minimal commerce and quiet serenity.
In 1970 there were efforts to open up Quincy to I-25, which the residents voted down. Had this happened certainly Quincy would have opened up to become a busy thoroughfare. Who in Cherry Hills loves the drive down Quincy? Everyone, it is clear. The beauty of Quincy almost takes you back in time to a time when life was a little slower to a time before freeways. As far as joining in at any future picnics hosted by this town, the bar was set pretty high to outdo that 75th anniversary event.
I think the citizens can trust that the current and former mayors and staff know how to throw a wonderful party. This annual picnic should grow larger every year and become something everyone in Cherry Hills would find themselves prioritizing in an effort to foster more “community.”