Don’t move the en­trance to Den­ver’s his­toric River­side Ceme­tery

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Pam Collins, Stan Cur­rent,

“A grave dilemma,” Aug. 1 news story.

I am very con­cerned with the re­cent ar­ti­cle about RTD’s de­ci­sion to run the North Metro Rail Line along­side River­side Ceme­tery, which would re­sult in re­lo­cat­ing its only en­trance. At what point will Den­ver learn not to de­stroy the few re­main­ders of our past?

In the 1960s, Den­ver “mod­ern­ized” our Capi­tol Hill ar­eas, re­sult­ing in the loss and beauty of the ma­jor­ity of the city’s late-1800s and turn-ofthe-cen­tury man­sions. Now, again, we want to mod­ern­ize, but this time we add in­sult to our found­ing pi­o­neers by fur­ther jeop­ar­diz­ing the fi­nal rest­ing place of many. For shame, Den­ver!

As a fourth-gen­er­a­tion Colorado na­tive, third-gen­er­a­tion Den­verite, and mem­ber of the Ter­ri­to­rial Daugh­ters of Colorado, I am ap­palled by this plan and its ram­i­fi­ca­tions.

Wake up! Trea­sure and pro­tect our his­tory — it can’t be re­placed. ●●●

River­side Ceme­tery is sa­cred ground. Clos­ing the main en­trance may be the last nail in the cof­fin for what once was a quiet place. It is sur­rounded by junk­yards, re­finer­ies, sewage treat­ment and now in­creas­ing train traf­fic.

RTD could’ve ex­tended the over­pass so peo­ple can honor loved ones and those who es­tab­lished Den­ver and Colorado. Many of them were trans­ferred there from what is now Cheesman Park. What will keep them from be­ing moved again?

As Den­ver con­tin­ues to grow, we need to do bet­ter car­ing for one an­other, in­clud­ing those who’ve passed on. We all will some­day.

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