HISTORY OF THE CORY-MERRILL NEIGHBORHOOD
Named after the schools in the area, Cory-Merrill was founded in 1858 to be a “dry town: because its citizens didn’t like the saloons that had taken over Denver. In the late 1940’s, a man named Mr. Armstrong donated part of his farmland to Denver Public Schools. Allowing the district to build two new schools for the neighborhood – Cory Elementary and Merrill Junior High. These schools were named after John J. Cory and Louise A. Merrill, two influential Denver Educators.
Simultaneously, a developer named Les Tremblay purchased plots around the schools. He used these plots to build tract homes for World War II soldiers coming home from the war. These single-story Les Tremblay houses became the Cory-Merrill neighborhood.
Today, the Cory-Merrill neighborhood is growing rapidly. After a five-year rebuild of I-25 gave the neighborhood light rail service, and it’s central location between downtown Denver and the Tech Center, it’s a popular location for Denver professionals (www.corymerrill.org).
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Stephen Knight Center for Early Education:
3245 E. Exposition Ave.
Denver, CO 80209-4924
Principal: Renee Vanhorn
John J. Cory Elementary School:
1550 S. Steele Street
Denver, CO 80210
Principal: Jennifer Harris
Creativity, Community, Challenge (C3) at Merrill:
1551 South Monroe Street
Denver, Colorado 80210
Principal: Julia Shepherd
Merrill Middle School:
1551 Monroe St.
Denver, CO 80210
Cell (303) 829-3624
Office (720) 424-0622
Community Engagement Regional Coordinator: David Edmonds
South High School:
1700 E. Louisiana Ave.
Principal: Kristin Waters
PARKS & OPEN SPACE:
Cory-Merrill is across the street from Veterans Park, a grassy area featuring a softball/baseball field, playground equipment, and a community center. Nearby, you will also find the All-City Stadium, used primarily for high school football games.
Directly along the eastern border, in Virginia Village, you can find other local food spots including Thai Pan Traditional Thai Cuisine, Thai Pot Cafe, Modern Market Eatery, and neighborhood hangout Viale Pizza & Kitchen.
AVERAGE COMMUTE TO DOWNTOWN DENVER: 20MIN
AVERAGE COMMUTE TO VAIL: 1HR 46MIN
Cory-Merrill Neighborhood Association (CMNA)
PO Box 101713
Denver CO, 80210
Neighborhood Quarterly Meetings:
* 6pm at the Kirk of Bonnie Brae.
(typically, first Wednesday in February, May, August, November)
CMNA takes and active role in addressing issues important to the neighborhoods within our association including development & zoning issues, I-25/Light Rail/Traffic, crime & safety, landmark & historic preservation. We also sponsor the annual House Tour of the community.
CMNA offers you the opportunity to get involved in issues which have an immediate impact on our neighborhood and its quality of life. It is rewarding volunteer work and broadens your perspective of our dynamic community.
In the coming decade, with Denver and the entire metro area poised for still more growth and development, it is more important than ever that we, as private citizens, work together to insure our future as a community. CMNA is an organized, effective means to this goal. CMNA activities are broad in scope and precise in detail. They are of interest to all. CMNA members share a commitment to this neighborhood. (https://www.corymerrill.org/).
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