Four options remain for new name of Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood

The new title of the Denver neighborhood that for now is named after a former mayor who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan is narrowed to four choices: Central Park, Mosley, Skyview or Concourse.

The Stapleton name has been under scrutiny for decades, dating back to when the bustling borough of homes and businesses was still the site of the city’s airport. The airport was named for five-term Denver Mayor Benjamin Stapleton. Property owners in Stapleton voted against a name change in 2019, but under the spotlight brought on by Black Lives Matter protests this spring, the neighborhood association’s board announced in June that Stapleton would be renamed this year.

An 11-member advisory board trimmed a batch of more than 330 suggestions to nine finalists earlier this month. The first round of online voting — open to any adult who rents or owns a residence in the neighborhood, but not to business owners– cut that to the final four.

On Monday, Stapleton United Neighbors (or SUN), the registered neighborhood organization that is handling certifying and tabulating the votes, announced on its Facebook page that round two ballots are now open.

Voters are asked to rank the top three choices, awarding three points to their top pick, two points to their second choice and one point to the third favorite option. The two names that receive the most points through that process will go on to a final round of voting in the final week of July. Round 2 ballots close at 2 p.m. Friday, according to SUN.

Central Park, named for the large public green in the heart of the neighborhood, has been the top vote-getter so far, SUN’s results show. As outlined in organizations’ summary of the significance of each name, Central Park is not only the name of the neighborhood’s largest public feature but is also viewed as a “non-controversial, natural and drama-less” choice.

Concourse and Skyview pay homage to the neighborhood’s aviation background.

Mosley meanwhile is inspired by the Mosley family that played an important role in forwarding civil rights for Black people in the Denver area and has aviation ties, according to the SUN summary. John Mosley was a Tuskegee Airman who also worked on policies for the Air Force’s racial integration. Edna Wilson-Mosley, his wife, was the first person of color to be elected to an at-large seat on the Aurora City Council. The couple helped break Denver and Aurora’s residential color barrier, buying a home near present-day Stapleton, according to SUN. Three of the children went on to careers in aviation.

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