Campaign Started for Mountain Park
--from the Colorado Transcript, May 2, 1912
A vigorous campaign to secure an amendment to the Denver city charter authorizing the city to purchase a chain of five natural parks of about 1,200 acres each and all within a distance of twenty-two miles west of the state capitol, was formally launched yesterday morning, when thousands of letters and circulars explaining the project were sent out to the people of Denver. Special committees from the chamber of commerce, the real estate exchange, and from the Denver Motor club have been preparing for this campaign for the past year and they are confident that their efforts will be realized at the May election.
The Mountain Park project is proposed to take in some of the most beautiful sections of the mountains this side of the continental divide and be easily accessible by an excellent boulevard, fifty miles in length, and connecting all the parks. It is planned to have Colfax avenue improved to the city limits on the west and then continue to Golden , where the more picturesque and winding drive will begin. The proposed line has no steep grades and, if constructed , can be easily traveled by any automobile. From Golden the road will wind its way up to Lookout Mountain park, thence on to Alta Vista park, to Bergen Park, thence on down to Evergreen and Spruce park, which will be close by. From Spruce park the road will follow Turkey creek to Eden park and Morrison, and thence by what is known as the Upper Morrison road to Denver.