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The Nancy P. Anschutz Center Opens in Northeast Park Hill - A Community’s Vision Realized
Date:8/27/2013

of a safe place for the neighborhood’s youth to go after school. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver emerged as the partner of choice.

"The exciting - really unique - aspect of this project is that it emerged from a partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs, the Urban Land Conservancy, and the residents of Northeast Park Hill,” states Patrick Horvath, Director of Strengthening Neighborhoods at The Denver Foundation. “Resident leaders with the Holly Area Redevelopment Project interviewed all the organizations that expressed interest in developing at the site, asked hard questions, and worked with the ULC to select the Boys and Girls Club as a partner. The Boys & Girls Club, in turn, realized the enormous benefit of having a committed community partner that would work with it to ensure the project's success.”

The Anschutz Foundation contributed $5 million toward the capital development of the Center to be named for the wife of business leader and philanthropist Phillip Anschutz. The Boys & Girls Club housed within the Center is named for longtime Club supporter Jack A. Vickers.

The Prodigal Son Initiative (PSI), a nonprofit that works to develop the leadership skills of youth and deter them from gang life, played a key role as well. Terrance Roberts, PSI Executive Director and life- long Northeast Park Hill resident, was commissioned to create positive interim uses on the site. Through community outreach, fundraising, and volunteer recruitment, PSI was instrumental in the construction of basketball courts, a Holly Mural project (which Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, came to bless), Peace Poles made from the old shopping center structure, and a futsal court. PSI offices are located within the new Center.

Built by Oz Architecture, the Anschutz Center has a very modern look, with high ceilings and energy efficient natural light. It was made to look like an “oasis in the city.” The Center incl
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