It was a wonderful morning at Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) as invited guests and the public were welcomed with refreshments and a continental style breakfast tables, set up with lots of goodies to go with this great morning of celebration. This morning is to be a dedication celebrating the organizations Prestigious Donors in their 30 years of service to the state’s outdoor parks and recreation areas. The event is a project showing the appreciation the organization has for many who have volunteered and some who continue to volunteer with the organization today. There are a few volunteers being honored with tiles who are no longer with us which also leaves a wonderful tribute to their family and friends of the work they did with the organization.
On the Northwest Side of Washington Park on the banks of Smith Lake, in Denver, Colorado, the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado completed the final step in dedicating one side of their front patio. The Dos Chappell Bathhouse is the headquarters for VOC and for the new flagstone patio. The building was used up until the 1950’s as a bathhouse for swimmers in Smith Lake. It is named after the first full time Executive Director of the VOC Dos Chappell, who also spearheaded the restoration of the building making it the wonderful historic building it is. The building is located at 600 S. Marion Pkwy., Denver, CO 80209.
The patio has several flagstone tiles inlaid with details of who the tile is dedicated to, which is sure to last another 30 years. The dedication ceremony was opened by the Executive Director of VOC, Ann Baker Easley. She spoke about the history of the VOC and the Dos Chappell building and how it was procured from the city with the help of Dos Chappell. She also spoke of how the back patio of the building has bricks laid in it from another fundraiser which paid for the renovation of the building 20 years ago, and each brick has an individual donor on them and they had the donors names on them. The front patio has flagstone with businesses, organizations and individuals who have made a tremendous mark on the organizations past 30 years and are of a “new generation” of volunteers.
Jay P.K. Kenney Former Board Chair and Current Chair of the Board, Rebecca Watson of Welborn Sullivan Meck and Tooley, P.C. also gave wonderful speeches about the organization, its’ volunteers and staff members who have made the success it is.
The three of them cut the ribbon on the new patio and opened it up to the onlookers to see what beautiful work was done. Many posed for individual pictures as they pointed at their names or those of supporters who are no longer with us.
Congratulations are due to the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado on thirty years of dedicated service to the State of Colorado!
For more information about the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and their many projects click here or visit: www.voc.org