If you love Red Rocks, come join us at our next monthly clean up! As a group, we are committed to keeping the park beautiful and pristine, and we would love your help!
Planter Box Update
A proposal to transform the planter boxes into formal viewing areas through installation of railings and pavement was submitted to the City & County of Denver’s Landmark Preservation Commission in November 2017. In response to the proposal, Friends of Red Rocks circulated a petition opposing the proposal which has garnered over 11,000 signatures. The City’s Arts & Venues Department pulled the proposal to allow it more time to brief members of the Denver City Council.
The proposal has not yet been resubmitted, but Friends of Red Rocks is monitoring the Landmark Preservation Commission’s agenda. In the meantime, we have held meetings with members of the Denver City Council to express our concerns about the plan, we have testified before the Council as a whole, and we have talked with employees of the Community Planning and Development, Parks and Recreation, and Arts and Venues Departments. We also continue to advocate for the creation of preservation guidelines for Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre in order to preserve the integrity of one of the Nation’s most beloved National Historic Landmarks.
FoRR’s position is that we oppose paving the planter boxes and installing railings around the boxes. If any changes must be made to the planter boxes to address the City's liability concerns, we advocate for preservation of the historic boxes and trees, rather than transforming the planter boxes into formal viewing areas.
If you would like to voice your opinion about the proposal, please contact the Denver City Council – they take calls and emails very seriously, especially from their constituents.
Red Rocks Park and Ampitheatre was designated a National Historic Landmark in August, 2015 thanks in part to the efforts of FoRR volunteers.
Red Rocks has a long history of amazing music and magical moments for concert goers and park visitors. Red Rocks is more than simply a place to see a concert. It is 868 acres that deserves to be cared for and preserved for future generations. The Ampitheatre is a geologic wonder, and is a rare naturally occurring ampitheatre with perfect acoustics. The City of Denver purchased the park in 1927 from a private landowner for $54,133. The ampitheatre was completed in 1941 by the workers living at the Morrison CCC Camp. The CCC was a program created as part of Franklin D. Roosevelts New Deal in an effort to bring the United States out of the Depression.
As the ampitheatre popularity and City of Denver grew, so did the impacts on Red Rocks. Friends of Red Rocks began in 1999 as a reaction of concerned citizens to the corporatization of Red Rocks Park. Specific concerns at the time included converting the planter boxes with trees of historic value into cooperate box seats, selling advertising and naming rights of the venue and pushing through 'improvements' at too fast a pace. Friends of Red Rocks continues to stay involved and up to date on current issues affecting the park.
Each month, volunteers come together on the last Saturday of the month to clean up the park. We meet at 9:30 in the lower south lot. All are welcome to join us. We also manage the small native garden by the trading post, work to educate patrons in a friendly way, stay current on events impacting the park, and stay involved with advocating for the park and amiptheatre.
We encourage concert patrons to come on out and have a great time, and we ask that they do so in an environmentally responsible way. Simple things, like packing out your trash or finding the nearest recycling bin, staying on the trails, and being considerate of wildlife will help keep the park beautiful and open for future generations.
Monthly Clean-ups will be the last Saturday of the month at 9:30am. FoRR meets in the lower south parking lot. See our facebook page for dates and more information.
We depend on your generous donations to operate. Please consider making a donation today by clicking on the donate button on the right.
Did you know?
There have been more shows scheduled at Red Rocks in the last decade than there were in the preceding 60 years?
That it took the natural amphitheater of Red Rocks more than 200 million years to form?
That the theater was designed by architect Burnham Hoyt, who modeled it after the Theatre of Dionysus at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece?
That The Trading Post was built in 1931; it opened selling hot dogs for a dime and ice cream for a nickel? It is now home to the Colorado Hall of Fame and a Red Rocks merchandise store.
That The Beatles’ 1964 show at Red Rocks was the only show that didn’t sell out of their first American tour? Red Rocks is one of four venues that the Beatles visited on that tour that still stands.
That both of Red Rocks' massive monoliths — Creation Rock and Ship Rock — are 300 feet tall, almost as tall as London’s Big Ben?
That each piece of sandstone used in building Red Rocks was harvested from a quarry in Lyons?
That an estimated 750,000 non-concertgoers visit Red Rocks every year?
That AEG and LiveNation book the vast majority of shows there, but Red Rocks is an open venue, meaning anyone can book it?
That The Civilian Conservation Corps built barn-door entrances in the backstage area to accommodate the height of a rider on a horse?
These fun facts are credited to The Denver Post. You can read these and more at http://www.denverpost.com/2016/06/02/seventy-five-facts-about-red-rocks/
Friends of Red Rocks
PO Box 102891
Denver, Colorado 80250