On October 3 the first of the Presidential Debates will be held in the Denver University Magness Arena at the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness. It will showcase the University to America. But it probably won’t scratch the surface about the fabulous residential Denver neighborhood that surrounds it.
I first came here to attend the University of Denver where I graduated from college. Back then, DU was a sleepy school with some excellent academics but always thought of as second rate to the University of Colorado. Not many people know that the school almost went broke in 1985 when it had to liquidate some of its foundation funds to pay teachers salaries.
But today, the campus is bigger and better than ever and supports a fabulous Denver neighborhood for residential living. Daniel Ritchie was largely responsible for the turnaround. He plowed most of his vast fortune into the school, solicited funds and added nearly a dozen new buildings to the campus. The result has been a thriving academic atmosphere that offers fabulous amenities to the surrounding community.
University Park, also known as Observatory Park because of the University Observatory that still is in service there, is located to the immediate east of the University. College professors have long called this area home. But now, the smaller homes in the neighborhood have been replaced by new, larger custom homes. Grand-old-lady Victorians still surround the park and historic homes are interspersed with the new McMansions.
The University itself has become a hub of community activity. In the new indoor hockey rinks and athletic facility
are open to the students and the community as well. The Newman Center offers theater and musical events. And, the University offers night classes to nonresident students. I love the lecture series that is offered without charge to the community.
Several new shops and restaurants have opened around the University also. University Hills shopping center is also nearby with Sunflower Market, a foreign films movie theater, restaurants and boutique shops.
The coming presidential debate will certainly highlight the University to the nation. But it won’t likely even mention the surrounding University community that enjoys the amenities DU has to offer. University Park is a fabulous Denver neighborhood within walking distance of the University and all of its amenities.
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