StapleFUN – A Year in Review

December 2, 2014 Stapleton Stories No Comments

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By Aubrey Cornelius, Sprocket Communications

And just like that, 2014 is drawing to a close. It’s been a tremendous year in Stapleton with continued growth and the community becoming stronger for it. Let’s revisit all the excitement from the past year:

In January, we took a look at Stapleton’s homes and their diversity of price, style and space. Says Lisa Hall, Forest City Stapleton’s (now Brookfield Properties) builder program director:

“We have nine builders, and they all have their strengths – some may excel at energy efficiency, while others have fun, architectural intricacies you can’t find anywhere else.”

It’s not just the homes that make Stapleton unique. In February we reviewed the many options for >apartment living in the community – from a modern loft to a sleek townhome.

Stapleton’s Crescent Flats, Botanica Town Center and The Aster Town Center are in, across from and next to the East 29th Avenue Town Center. Botanica Eastbridge Apartments are next to the Bluff Lake Nature Center and Central Park Recreation Center in the community’s Eastbridge neighborhood, and The Aster Conservatory Green is in one of Stapleton’s newer neighborhoods. Stapleton also has affordable rental communities through Mercy Housing and Northeast Denver Housing Center.

As we entered springtime in March, Kelly Kitts, Central Park Supervisor, provided valuable information about one of our greatest assets – the ” href=”Central Park Rec Center.

Did you know Central Park Recreation Center is the biggest rec center in Denver at 57,000 square feet? From the first day of operation, the Center has been a vibrant fixture for residents of the northeast corridor and attracts citizens from a number of surrounding neighborhoods.

Stapleton is home to more than a dozen public artworks in parks, in civic spaces and in neighborhoods. Public Art Consultant Barbara Neal shared why “Home is where the art is” in our April blog post.

We know the parks and open space found throughout Stapleton is one of the community’s finest features. Argus, an Australian Labroodle, who knows the parks intimately, walked us through the various smells at some his favorite spots in this fun blog written from a dog’s perspective.

It wouldn’t be summertime without the sound of splashing in Stapleton’s many pools. In June, we broke out the inflatables and slathered on sunscreen for an update on Stapleton’s swimming options.

Whether you’re an omnivore or a vegetarian; looking for a quick grab-and-go bite or something that will allow you to linger over a special meal, Stapleton has you covered. Between 29th Avenue, The Shops at Northfield and all the surrounding neighborhoods ripe with interesting eateries, when you’re in Stapleton, you’re always in proximity to a good bite. Check our July StapleFUN post for the full recap of restaurant options.

Back to school time came too soon. In August, Brea Olson, Senior Regional Communications Specialist of Denver Public Schools reminded current and prospective Stapleton families of their “unique opportunities within the DPS SchoolChoice Program.

Did you rock out with us in September? Stapleton Rocks featured musicians of all ages – many hailing from our community – with money raised benefiting the Denver Children’s Home.

Arguably the most celebrated holiday at Stapleton – Halloween – was joyously observed this year. In October we ask two residents about their Halloween plans, which, of course, included some major Trick or Treating.

Just in time for the holiday season, Molly Morrow from The Shops at Northfield Stapleton, provided a (lengthy) list of new store and restaurant openings. There’s something for everyone – and, the perfect bite to enjoy while shopping.

From homes to pools, schools to parks, it’s been quite the year at Stapleton, and we can’t wait to see what 2015 brings to our community. Cheers and Happy Holidays!