Monday, August 01, 2005

Park to be renamed for César Chávez

The Denver Post, July 26, 2005, by Annette Espinoza

Cesar Chavez's birthday became an official city holiday in 2002.

Since then, a federal building in the Auraria neighborhood has been named for the late civil-rights activist and farm-labor leader. And next month (August 13), a small park in north Denver will be dedicated in his honor.

"It couldn't go to a more deserving person in the country. He was a wonderful man," said Paul Sandoval, whose homemade-tamale business, La Casita, is a block north of the park.

A chain-link fence surrounds the 2.9-acre park at 41st Avenue and Tennyson Street, often referred to as Alcott Park by neighborhood residents. It is on the grounds of the former Alcott School, which sat empty after 84 years of use before being destroyed by fire in 1976.

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