Denver’s Italian-American community fights to keep Columbus Park from being renamed

Jul 09, 2020 663

BY: Keagan Harsha

All across the country, Christopher Columbus statues have been toppled to the ground. Denver was no exception. However, the city’s statue in Civic Center Park wasn’t the only reference to Columbus that is possibly being erased from our city’s landscape.

Denver City Councilmember Amanda Sandoval is leading the push to rename north Denver’s Columbus Park. Since the 1930s, most Italian-Americans in Denver have known the park as Columbus Park. However, many Hispanics have called it La Raza Park. The park was a focal point of Denver’s Chicano movement in the 1970s when Hispanics were fighting to rename the park.


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