McIlvoy Park

Address7307 Grandview Ave., Arvada, 80002
QuadArvada, 1965 (1980)
SectionS11, T3S, R69W
Source"The Arvada Enterprise," May, 1919 & 1939; Arvada Historical Society, "Arvada, Just Between You & Me," p. 75, 172; Lutz, "History of Arvad a's Libraries," pg. 1.
SeealsoMcIlvoy House.
Initialdate1993-09-04 00:00:00-06
Latestdate1994-08-09 00:00:00-06
HistoryMcIlvoy Park was named for Dennis D. McIlvoy who built the house in 1897. The house was known as the Park or Legion House, Mental Health Office,and Urban Renewal Authority. After her husband's death, Mrs. Clemancy McIlvoy gave house to the City of Arvada in 1919, with a codicil stating: "The grounds be known as McIlvoy Park and that no alcoholic beverages be sold on the premises." This was Arvada's first public park in 1935. Tennis courts were built on the property by funds raised by the Town Board and School District No. 2. After the American Legion vacated the building, arrangements were made for an Arvada Library to be located in the City owned building 1950-1966. The three acres of land at the park site were leased to North Jeffco for 99 years in 1958. In the early 1990s plans were underway for outstanding playground facilities and a pavilion to be built as a memorial for Dick Connor, an admired sports writer for THE DENVER POST.