On August 11th, the Denver Colorado Stake comprised of a number of LDS congregations in the city, participated in the city of Denver’s annual city celebration of community and service — Denver Days.
Five years ago Mayor Hancock set aside the first week of August as a week to encourage neighbors to get to know their neighbors by hosting block parties, picnics, and service projects with the focus on small organic gatherings.
The church members teamed with Denver Parks and Recreation to mulch, weed, pick up trash, and paint a large city park adjacent to a Denver LDS Church Building. With the help of about 50 members from the stake and 20 missionaries from the Denver North Mission, we spread 24 yards of mulch, used 1 gallon of paint, and collected 165 gallons of debris.
One of the highlights of the morning was a visit from the Mayor of Denver, Mayor Michael B. Hancock. He spent about 30 minutes visiting with members, missionaries, and local LDS leaders including Stake President Peter Krumholtz, public affairs leaders, and Elder Thomas T. Priday of the area Seventy.
It was a morning of hard work and many smiles from all who participated, old and young!
In response to the service from church members, Denver Parks and Recreation sent the following kind words.
The phenomenal success of the Bible Park is a reflection of the ever-increasing dedication and enthusiasm volunteer’s display on a continual basis. We would like to personally thank you for your recent contribution of time to the project, which could not have been a success without your involvement. Because of your support, we spread 24 yds of mulch, used 1 gallon of paint and collected 165 gallons of debris. On behalf of the entire team here at Denver Parks and Recreation, I want to tell you that we truly appreciate your gift of time, energy and enthusiastic support of our mission and programs. We look forward to working with you again soon. -Denver Parks and Recreation
Some additional pictures of the event: