Bergen & Fillius Park Wellhouses, CO

Published

06/07/2018

Start Date

07/11/2018

End Date

07/29/2018

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)

Duration

Short-Term (few weeks/months)

Address

Fillius Park
Colorado
United States

Description

Join us for our third Denver Mountain Parks project! We'll be working on two small wellhouses just west of Denver, CO. Three sessions: July 11-15, 18-22, and 25-29.


Volunteers should plan on arriving at the campsite between 6pm and 8pm on the first day of the session, and departing around 5pm on the last day.


About the Project & Campsite:  Tent camping only, showers available, Site is RV/trailer accessible, Elevation: +/-7,000


PROJECT PARTNER: Denver Parks and Recreation/City and County of Denver


PROJECT SITE DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY:

Denver's mountain parks are an important asset to the region both today and historically. In the early 1900s, Denver voters approved funding to create a mountain park in the foothills west of the city, and by 1912 Mr. Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. was hired to plan this new park system. Over the next 27 years, several pockets of land were purchased "for the purpose of assuring perpetually to the residents of Denver the sublime scenery of the Rockies, the preservation of native forests and having for all time a pleasure ground in the mountains for the thousands of annual visitors to the city easily accessible" (source). Denver Mountain Parks' history was featured on Rocky Mountain PBS' Colorado Experience series. The episode can be viewed here.


Bergen Park Wellhouse. Photo by Barrett Doherty, 2014. Source: The Cultural Landscape Foundation


For this project, HistoriCorps volunteers will tackle Bergen and Fillius Parks' wellhouses, which need some TLC to remove modern graffiti, stabilize rafters, and rehabilitate stone masonry.

Bergen Park is featured on The Cultural Landscape Foundation's website, which shares:


"Located at the heart of the Denver Mountain Parks and serving as the gateway to the winding, uphill route to Squaw Pass, the development of this park dates back to a stage coach stop and mining encampment in the 1860s.... [The] land was settled in 1859 by Thomas Bergen who, in addition to his own cabin, built a lodge large enough to house 40 men working in the nearby mines. In 1915 the land— accessible by automobile, providing views of the Rockies, and situated on gently sloping land well-suited for passive recreational use— figured prominently into Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.’s recommendations for the Denver Mountain Parks. That same year, the 25-acre site was donated to the City of Denver and work began on improvements, including the erection of a rubble stone monument and bronze marker to commemorate Bergen’s homestead. In 1917 a pavilion designed by architect J.J. B. Benedict was constructed of locally-sourced white quartz and green mortar. By 1918 picnic tables, a playground, and a well-house had been added to the park. Tracing the alignment of historic wagon roads, Bergen Parkway was constructed in the late 1920s and bisected the park."


"Serving as the centrally located juncture for the Denver Mountain Parks, the popularity of Bergen Park grew quickly. Comprising open grasslands amidst mature ponderosa pines, the park is used for passive recreation and provides views of the surrounding mountains. A footpath leads to rustic picnic shelters, the well, and the historic pavilion."


Fillius Park, located adjacent to Bergen Park, shares much of the same history.

Denver Mountain Parks include not only locally-loved destinations like the site of this project, but also an internationally-celebrated area: Red Rocks Amphitheater. Check the concert schedule and see if you can tie your HistoriCorps project in with an unforgettable event at this incredible location!


SCOPE OF WORK: Volunteers will work with field staff to learn and improve their skills at the following tasks:


Task Approximate Percentage of Scope* Fillius Park Wellhouse:

1. Re-roof building 

30% 2. Replace deteriorated logs and rafters 30% 3. Repair parging and repoint mortar 25% 4. Remove modern grafitti 5% Bergen Park Wellhouse:

5. Remove modern graffiti and restain underside of roof

 10% 

*Note: Tasks vary by day and by week, depending on a variety of factors including: weather, project priorities, previous groups' work, and more. Though it is likely you will get to learn and practice most or all of the above tasks, it is not guaranteed. The higher percentage of the scope a particular task is, the more likely you will get to practice it.


WHO CAN COME: All are welcome, no experience is necessary!


Catch a show at Red Rocks while you're in the area!


CAMP & KITCHEN HELPER POSITION: New for 2018! We have one spot available per session for a volunteer who, instead of project work, prefers to help our field staff with camp and kitchen chores. If you're interested in this position, choose that ticket below and register normally.


WHERE: The campsite and project sites are a 15-minute drive away from one another.

Campsite: Chief Hosa Campground (map), 20 miles west of Denver off I-70 (exit 253)

Project Site: Fillius and Bergen Parks are adjacent to each other, less than 10 minutes from the campsite (map).

Coordinates: 39.6940249,-105.3574917


AREA TOURISM:

Colorado is a renowned tourism destination. The deep western history covering mountains, plains, canyons, and everything in between attracts adventurers, explorers, and nature lovers of all stripes. The crowded front range butts against the dramatic Rocky Mountains, and crossing the Continental Divide is an everyday experience for many Coloradans. HistoriCorps projects offer a unique way for people to truly connect with a place. Explore ways to deepen your Colorado experience here at www.colorado.com.


Camping & Logistical Details

  • Please visit our Volunteer Information and FAQs page for general information.
  • Plan to arrive between 6 p.m and 8 p.m. on the first day of your project session.
  • Due to available space, this campground is best suited for tent campers or those sleeping in their (non-RV/trailer) vehicles.
  • The project and campsite elevation are around 6,500' - 7,500'. For reference, Denver, the "Mile High City," is at 5,280'.
  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with meals including: breakfast, lunch, dinner, water and snacks.
  • Field staff will train volunteers in the project work. All tools are provided. Please do not bring your own tools – we don’t want them to get lost!
  • Volunteers are responsible for their transportation to the campsite and jobsite.
  • Volunteers must come prepared with proper attire including: sturdy work shoes, long pants and a work shirt.
  • Are you interested in earning a hands-on education in historic preservation? This project counts towards the HistoriCorps Institute Certificate of Achievement in Heritage Conservation and Construction, contact Jamie Tobias at jtobias@historicorps.org, or enroll online today!


Remember, we can't do it without you - truly! HistoriCorps projects require a lot of careful preparation and planning for volunteers, and we carefully orchestrate our work and meal plans around your registration. When you register, we take it seriously and understand that you are committed to joining us for the full project duration. So before you complete your registration, kindly remember to double-check the calendar, project location, and scope of work to make sure it's a good fit for you (and if you're not sure, give us a call! We are here to help.).


You will know if you have successfully registered if you receive an auto-generated email and/or a HistoriCorps staff member greets you. The majority of our communications with you will be via email, so please do check your spam/junk folders to make sure you're getting information from us!


If you have any further questions, please contact Liz Rice, Volunteer Manager, at lrice@historicorps.org or at 720-287-0100 ext. 231. Thank you for your interest in this project!


  • Session 1
  • July 11, 2018 - July 15, 2018
  • Session 2
  • July 18, 2018 - July 22, 2018
  • Session 3
  • July 25, 2018 - July 29, 2018
  • Session 1, Camp & Kitchen Helper
  • July 11, 2018 - July 15, 2018
  • Session 2, Camp & Kitchen Helper
  • July 18, 2018 - July 22, 2018
  • Session 3, Camp & Kitchen Helper
  • July 25, 2018 - July 29, 2018

Benefits

  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available

Benefits

  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

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