The Park People works to preserve, enhance, and advocate for Denver's parks, recreation resources, open space, and urban forest. These efforts are accomplished primarily through two ongoing programs and by raising private funds to support capital projects in Denver's parks. The Park People is home to both the Denver Digs Trees and Community Forester programs - both of which support Denver's ongoing commitment to improving the tree canopy and providing trees along public streets and parkways.
In response to a city-wide need for affordable trees, The Park People established the Denver Digs Trees program. This program has become well-known throughout the city as a provider of carefully selected tree species appropriate for our difficult climate. Since 1991, Denver Digs Trees has distributed more than 45,000 trees to Denver residents.
Denver Digs Trees places a particular emphasis on distributing trees in Denver's undercanopied neighborhoods and offers particularly low fees for street trees and training on tree care to residents in the program's 24 target neighborhoods. Tree Distribution Day has become a Denver tradition with sites around the city staffed by people from the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation, the City Forester's Office and hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers from around the Greater Metro area.
Support for The Park People comes from a number of different sources including individual donations, tree sales, foundation and government grants and corporate sponsorships. The Park People is managed by a small staff, a dedicated Board of Trustees and, throughout the course of each year, hundreds of volunteers. To find out ways you can get involved, click here.
The Park People offices are located on the second floor of the James Fleming House. The Fleming House is a historic stone mansion situated in the north west corner of Platt Park. This lovely former home, built by James Fleming in 1882, is the landmark in the south Denver community and was the City Hall for the City of South Denver before it was annexed by it's larger neighbor to the north. The Park People completed the restoration and rehabilitation of the mansion in 2013, a 5-year process of planning, fundraising, and construction. The work has returned this wonderful historic site as a beautiful and functional space with the first floor available for public meetings, community activities, and private events.