Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood to change name, community association announces

Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood will soon have a new name.

A day after Denver Public Schools board member Tay Anderson said he would lead a demonstration through the east Denver neighborhood protesting its name, the Master Community Association announced it is “taking steps to remove the name ‘Stapleton’ as it relates to the community and its operations.”

The neighborhood association’s 11 elected delegates plan to meet Wednesday to begin the process of removing the name from the community. Its renaming will also have to include the City and County of Denver and community developer Brookfield.

“The current conversation regarding racism and social injustice has increased awareness and education within our community,” a statement on the association website read. “It has become more clear that continuing with the current name is hurtful to many residents of all background and life experiences. As a community that aims to foster inclusivity, diversity and respect, maintaining the current name only serves to divide us.”

Anderson, who has helped direct recent police protests in Denver, tweeted Saturday morning: “The neighbors of Stapleton have ONE WEEK to change their name … if they do NOT we will march through their neighborhood to show them #BlackLivesMatter.”

The neighborhood gets its name former Mayor Benjamin F. Stapleton, who had ties with the Ku Klux Klan. It was built on the site of a former airport that had the same name.

In July 2019, more than 65% of property owners who participated in a referendum rejected a proposal to change the name. But on Sunday morning, the community association announced its intention to vote to recommend to its board the following: