Clayton Early Learning (Clayton) has been serving children in the Northeast Denver community for more than 100 years. Clayton’s mission is to ensure optimal development during the birth-to-5 period, for all children, especially those of limited opportunities. Clayton currently serves approximately 800 children and their families per year, most who live in Northeast Denver. Effective early childhood education is provided so children can begin kindergarten ready to be successful in school and in life. The funding to provide these services comes in large part from a trust left by Mr. Clayton upon his death in 1899. While many members of the community know our historic campus at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard, many are unaware that the Park Hill Golf Course is also one of the largest assets of the Clayton Trust.
Clayton Early Learning leases the operations of the golf course to a golf management company through a 20-year lease. The lease will expire in December of 2018. The golf course currently operates at a significant financial loss, making it unlikely that it can continue as is while also providing the necessary funds to support Clayton’s important role for the children and families of Northeast Denver.
As your neighbors and community partners, The Clayton Board of Trustees and I are facilitating a public dialogue regarding the future of this site with two goals in mind. First, to ensure the property can provide a sustainable funding source for Clayton’s early childhood education mission, which serves the children of Northeast Denver. Second, to consider the future use of the land as something both the community and Clayton can be proud of well into the future.
Please join the conversation in one of the following ways:
We thank you for your willingness to be part of this journey with us, and we look forward to hearing from you.