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The votes are in: The neighborhood formerly known as St*pleton is now Central Park. A familiar moniker to residents and many Denverites, alike, Central Park is the name of the neighborhood’s largest park, commuter rail station, community recreation center, and main north and south thoroughfare.
Concluding the third and final round of a seven-week, community-driven process, Central Park claimed 63 percent of votes from eligible voting residents. An average of 7,750 residents and an advisory board of diverse community stakeholders narrowed the field of eligible names, including Skyview, Mosley, and Concourse, for the final vote. More than 330 potential neighborhood names were submitted by community members and were considered during the voting process. Final voting concluded in late July.
SUN, the area’s Denver Registered Neighborhood Organization, led the renaming effort with the full support of the City and County of Denver and the neighborhood’s master community association. The next step in the renaming process is to collect votes for the official renaming of St*pleton United Neighbors to Central Park United Neighbors. This vote is scheduled for Aug. 31, 2020, pending receipt of 100 signatures via its petition. The name change became a significant initiative following nationwide demonstrations linked to an incident of deadly police brutality in Minnesota in May.