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All about Stapleton
Stapleton is a neighborhood in Denver, Colorado. Located 15 minutes Northeast of downtown Denver, the development is on the site of the former Stapleton International Airport, which was closed in 1995. Now referred to as the Stapleton Community, Stapleton contains nine neighborhoods, nine schools public/private, 50 parks, several shopping and business districts, even its own visitor center. Planned to be operational by the year 2016, Stapleton will be connected to the rest of the Denver metro area by a commuter rail line currently under construction. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stapleton,_Denver)
The Stapleton community is among Denver’s most dynamic and vibrant—filled with passionate people who believe in strong community involvement and improving the world around them. Stapleton is home to an eclectic mix of growing families, young professionals, empty nesters and numerous stand-out community leaders who are making positive change throughout Denver, the region and the world.
Welcome to a national model for urban development that takes the best parts of Denver’s classic neighborhoods, applies new ideas about sustainability and bring their neighborhoods to life. With a wide variety of home collections, flexible commercial property and major retail destinations, Stapleton is a place for kindred spirits. (http://www.stapletondenver.com/)
Things to do in Stapleton
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Prepare for a packed calendar. Thanks to the Stapleton Master Community Association there’s always something festive happening in Stapleton. From the Stapleton Farmers Market to the Winter Welcome and from the Beer Festival to the outdoor markets, there’s an event for everyone in every season.
And that’s only the official community events. The outdoor spaces and modern design of Stapleton makes it easy for neighbors and visitors alike to gather for an impromptu happy hour or a legendary block party. Just BYO grillables.
Explore upcoming community events and mark your calendar for the next movie night party, Stapleton Farmers Market or Wine Pairing. And don’t forget to share the event page with friends from all around so they can join in on the fun too! (http://www.stapletondenver.com/community/events-entertainment/)
A Stapleton Park is a beautiful thing
It’s a fresh perspective. A good conversation. A place to lose a few pounds or the weight of the world. A park can change your mood. Lift your spirits. And turn an ordinary day into one to remember. Kids expand their imaginations and learn to play together. People break free of their over-scheduled lives. That’s the power of a park—a Denver park.
Here, in Denver, parks are in our DNA. From day one, Stapleton was envisioned as a place where people will spend more time outside. Walking or riding instead of driving. Getting to know each other. Taking advantage of Colorado’s climate. And taking better care of themselves. In so many ways, parks are what make Stapleton … Stapleton. (http://www.stapletondenver.com/community/parks-and-open-space/)
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WICKER PARK NEIGHBORHOOD. Stapleton’s 10th great neighborhood Wicker Park is coming. Everybody has a different idea of what makes a beautiful new home. And we think that’s a beautiful thing. Wicker Park is a not-very-big neighborhood with a very big variety of home styles. From classic cottage bungalows to sleek modern designs. With thoughtfully crafted details and colors inspired by nature. So finding a home that fits your taste becomes easy. And walking through the neighborhood, past a veritable bouquet of homes, becomes an everyday pleasure.
WILLOW PARK EAST NEIGHBORHOOD. Welcome to Willow Park East, Stapleton’s ninth great neighborhood, an evolving expression of Stapleton. With a modern aesthetic and an organic vibe. A Denver neighborhood that weaves nature on a grand scale into a friendly urban pattern. It’s a mix of purposeful new parks, sweeping green spaces, innovative Denver schools and next-generation new homes. Undeniably a Stapleton neighborhood, drawn with a sharp new pencil and painted with a crisp new brush. Willow Park East has its soul in the city and its heart in the Great Plains.
CONSERVATORY GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD. As Stapleton’s urban roots reach north of Interstate 70, Conservatory Green neighborhood marks an evolution in Denver’s new homes, street and landscape design. With influences of the sweeping prairies and agricultural heritage of the land, the area benefits from its proximity to the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, The Shops at Northfield Stapleton and the rest of the Stapleton community and Denver neighborhoods.
CENTRAL PARK WEST NEIGHBORHOOD. There’s close—then there’s Central Park West close. To East 29th Avenue Town Center, a new E-8 Denver Public school, the Sam Gary Branch library, Denver’s third-largest park and a future commuter rail stop to downtown Denver and DIA. Which makes it convenient to, well, just about everything you’ll ever need.
SOUTH END NEIGHBORHOOD. This neighborhood is nicely established for a shady stroll through Greenway Park to the community garden, the dog park, swimming pools, East 29th Avenue Town Center and your choice of excellent schools. (http://www.stapletondenver.com/community/the-neighborhoods/)
History of Stapleton
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While Denver International Airport was being constructed, planners began to consider how the Stapleton site would be redeveloped. A private group of Denver civic leaders, the Stapleton Development Foundation, convened in 1990 and produced a master plan for the site in 1995, emphasizing a pedestrian-oriented design rather than the automobile-oriented designs found in many other planned developments. Nearly a third of the airport site was slated for redevelopment as public park space.
The former airport 4,700 acres (19 km2) site 10 minutes from Downtown Denver is now being redeveloped by Forest City Enterprises new urbanist project. Construction began in 2001, and as of 2008, 3,200 single-family houses, row houses, condominiums and other for-sale housing, as well as 400 apartments, had been built. The new community is zoned for residential and commercial development, including office parks and “big box” shopping centers. Stapleton is by far the largest neighborhood in the city of Denver and an eastern portion of the redevelopment site lies in the neighboring city of Aurora.
In 2004, residents moved into Stapleton’s first apartments, pushing Stapleton’s population to 2,500 residents. In 2006, Stapleton’s population grew above 5,000 and the Denver School of Science and Technology opened along with The Shops at Northfield Stapleton. In 2007, the 80-acre Central Park opened along with three new office buildings. Additionally, Stapleton’s population surpassed 7,500 people.
The old Stapleton Control Tower as seen in 2008
Three years later, more than 14,000 people called Stapleton home and the trail network reached 38 miles. In 2011, Stapleton received national recognition as the site of the 2011 HGTV Green Home. Additionally, a new interstate interchange opened, connecting Central Park Boulevard to I-70, I-270 and neighborhoods south of the interstate. Now, Stapleton is celebrating 10 years of residential growth.
The community is expected to be home to some 30,000 residents in 12,000 homes, 10-plus schools, an 80 acres (320,000 m2) Central Park, a commuter-rail station, 10,000,000 sq ft (930,000 m2). of planned office space, 1,500,000 sq ft (140,000 m2). of retail space, and 1,100 acres (4.5 km2) for parks and open space.Stapleton’s 1,100 acres (4.5 km2) of open space also borders the restored Sand Creek Regional Greenway and Bluff Lake Nature Center, one of the nation’s largest urban wildlife refuges. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stapleton,_Denver)
Education in Stapleton
All about the educational system
Good schools are a parent’s top priority. And Stapleton’s schools are ranked among the very best in Colorado. They’re new, they’re innovative and they come with an entire community of actively involved, well-educated parents who support these Denver schools and each other.
Northfield High School is planned as a comprehensive high school with a world-class academic program and a full array of electives, athletics, clubs and activities. The school opened with a freshman class in August 2015 and will grow by one grade each year. All students participate in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. In addition to their core classes, foreign language and PE, students choose two from among nine Academic Pathways to tailor their school experience to their personal interests and goals. Northfield High School is the boundary high school for all students within the Stapleton elementary boundary and East Park Hill; students in the Northfield High School boundary are guaranteed a spot at the high school if they select it as their top choice in DPS’ SchoolChoice process. In addition, 35% of the school capacity is reserved for choice-in students. This Denver school is located in north Stapleton at 56th and Central Park Blvd. For more information, please visit northfield.dpsk12.org.
ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOLS
Two of our newest schools that opened Fall 2014 are Isabella Bird Community School and High Tech Elementary, both schools offer ECE – Grade 5. High Tech Elementary shares space with DSST middle school at Conservatory Green. This makes for the second DSST middle school location. The first DSST charter middle school is in the same building as DSST High School at 2000 Valentia St.
Montessori Children’s House of Denver is a private preschool and elementary school that was established in 1991. The school’s Stapleton campus is its fourth Denver location, offering a curriculum that emphasizes science, art, math, reading, geography, cultural studies and peace education.
Westerly Creek Elementary School (K-5) and William R. Roberts ECE-8 are both Denver Public Schools.
William R Roberts includes a middle school, offering classes from early childhood development to eighth grade. And its energy-efficient campus is heated and cooled by geothermal renewable energy.
The Swigert International campus includes two separate schools: Swigert International School serves ECE through fourth grade – adding fifth grade during the 2014-15 school year. Denver Discovery School also serves sixth grade, but will serve seventh and eighth grade by the 2016-17 year. The current Swigert campus is located at 3480 Syracuse St.
McAuliffe International School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) middle school serving grades 6-8 in the Stapleton/Park Hill shared middle school boundary. McAuliffe offers a rigorous and holistic education via elective coursework in world languages, engineering and technology, physical education and the visual and performing arts in addition to the core content areas of math, language arts, social studies and science. This Denver school is located at the Smiley campus in Park Hill, with bus service to and from Stapleton. (http://www.stapletondenver.com/community/schools/)
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Byron grew up in Columbia, MO. He received his B.A. in Finance from Westminster College in Fulton, MO, where he also played soccer. He later went on to obtain an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois. Byron has lived in MO, IL, CO, AZ, and TX, but prefers the Centennial State, where he makes his home. He has always been passionate about real estate and very much enjoys helping people become homeowners. He has been involved in the mortgage industry since 2005. Byron is an avid skier, and along with his wife, two children, and golden retriever, enjoys all the outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer.