Marjorie Park reopens after 2 year renovation

The park, co-founded by John Madden Jr., Marjorie Madden and daughter Cynthia Madden Leitner, is a primary venue for Museum of Outdoor Arts 

The Mad Tea Party by Harry Marinsky, 1994 Bronze

BY LISA J. SHULTZ

Marjorie Park is located at 6331 S. Fiddlers Green Circle in Greenwood Village. After being closed for two years of renovation, the park just had their grand re-opening June 12. The museum was co-founded by John Madden Jr., Marjorie Madden and daughter Cynthia Madden Leitner in 1981. Marjorie Park is a primary venue of the Museum of Outdoor Arts. This outdoor museum exhibits over forty artworks and is available for self-guided and guided tours. When I arrived, I received a brochure and map with a dial-in audio tour. Each sculpture had a number, and when dialed, I could hear about the piece and the artist. The space can be rented for private and corporate events and also serves as the VIP entrance and amenity for those attending concerts at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre. 

Old Father William by Harry Marinsky, 1994 Bronze

Previously, the park was named Samson Park because MOA Co-Founders John and Marjorie Madden had a beloved Yorkshire Terrier named Samson. In 2015, the park was renamed in memory of the late Marjorie P. Madden. Seven bronze sculptures by Harry Marinsky represent stories from Alice in Wonderland and were some of my favorites of the collection. The website describes the park as “a place of merrymaking, an off-the-beaten-path in an English garden setting where you can walk away from the everyday, let your imagination wander and be the hero or heroine of your own story.” I was delighted by it. 

Opium Poppy (Femmes de Fleurs Miagiques series) by Tiffany Matheson, 2021. Mixed media with LEDs.

The Museum of Outdoor Arts has announced their summer event schedule. Events this summer include a Lunch & Learn Series, YogaRita (a yoga session followed by margaritas), UnWine Wednesdays and Concerts in the Park. 

For more information or to register for events, visit MOAonline.org/events. 

Photos by Lisa J. Shultz

Lisa J. Shultz is a Denver native. She loves to inspire exploration of the city’s treasures in her book Essential Denver. Find out more about her and her book on her website LisaJShultz.com or call her at 303-881-9338.

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