Lauri Dannemiller Park Champion Award

The award is named for Lauri Dannemiller, a passionate public servant with strongly held beliefs in the value of access to parks and green spaces as central to the success of city and regional planning and quality of life.

Denver City Councilwoman Kendra Black, a tireless advocate who works to ensure that every resident, in every neighborhood, has access to a high-quality park, is the 2023 Park Champion.

A commemorative brass plaque, with the names of all honorees, will be added to a bench in City Park.

Kendra Black

Born and raised in southeast Denver, Kendra Black represented District 4 on Denver’s City Council from 2015-2023. She serves on the board of directors of a number of organizations including the High Line Canal Conservancy, Denver South TMA, and Transportation Solutions. She is the co-founder and former Board Chair of the Denver Park Trust.

Lauri Dannemiller 1961 – 2022

Lauri Dannemiller had a successful nearly 30-year career in Colorado government and parks and recreation. Most recently, she was Executive Director of the Apex Park and Recreation District in Arvada. She previously held positions as the Executive Director of Denver City Council, the Executive Director of Denver Parks and Recreation, as well as prior positions in Poncha Springs, Lakewood, and Englewood.

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