Welcome to City Park Friends and Neighbors (CPFAN). Our mission is to actively protect the classical pastoral character of City Park, located in Denver, Colorado. Membership is free.
Resolution in Support of Designating and Developing a Community Park at 2857 Fairfax Street
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Whereas Denver is growing by 1100 people every month, and Park Hill, like most neighborhoods, is facing pressures of increased density, including access to parks;
and Whereas Park Hill is a neighborhood that cherishes its livability and its diversity, providing open arms to new neighbors of all races, income levels, and faiths, and these values are threatened by increasing housing prices and gentrification;
and Whereas Denver’s Designated parks are protected by the City Charter;
and Whereas the City & County of Denver acquired a parcel at 2857 Fairfax Street from Xcel Energy in 2015 for $50,000, with the stated intention of developing a neighborhood park, including identifying the parcel on the list of candidates for Designation;
and Whereas the City, on November 2, 2017, signed a Letter of Intent to trade the Fairfax parcel for an equal-size parcel with HM Capital in the middle of its mixed use commercial development along the east side of the entire 2800 block of Fairfax Street;
and Whereas the City and HM Capital negotiated this arrangement and signed the Letter of Intent without informing Park Hill residents, and subsequently misled the Park Hill community about their agreement;
and Whereas during November and December, 2017, Greater Park Hill Community demonstrated its commitment to supporting the development of the park by conducting a community-inclusive, volunteer process, focusing on the near neighbors, and producing a concept design for the park, including drawing and documentation;
and Whereas, the city continued its deception by spending $30,000 to duplicate the community’s process and denying the existence of an agreement with HM Capital;
and Whereas any land exchange or sale must be approved by City Council, and Park Hill’s Council Representative is Chris Herndon;
It is Resolved by City Park Friends and Neighbors that we request City Council and the Department of Parks and Recreation to work cooperatively with our Greater Park Hill neighbors to:
- Keep the former Xcel property that is already owned by the City and County of Denver. That is, don’t swap parcels with HM Capital, the developer of Park Hill Commons on the east side.
- Demonstrate the city’s commitment to a pocket park in this neighborhood by designating the former Xcel property proactively, i.e. right away, before the park is developed, thereby ensuring this valuable property is safe from commercial exploitation.
- Demonstrate the city’s commitment to creative cooperation with neighborhoods by engaging in a collaborative process with the Park Hill community to design, fund, and build a pocket park on the former Xcel property. Show good faith with Park Hill’s citizens and exploit the volunteer talent, expertise, and labor available within the community.
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In Memoriam City Park Golf Course
Water line relocation in 23rd Ave & York Street
Construction to close lanes on York Street and 23rd Avenue near City Park Golf Course
Saunders Construction and their subcontractor, Iron Woman Construction, are scheduled to begin a waterline relocation project starting the week of February 26, 2018. The project extends along East 23rd Avenue and York Street. *Note: Access to the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum Nature and Science, and City Park on 23rd Avenue will remain open the entire time.
Construction will be done in stages to minimize impacts to the public during special events and peak periods of traffic. Detours will be in place for pedestrians, bicycles and vehicle traffic. The contractors will make sure traffic continues to flow safely through the work zones.
The costs for the waterline relocation is approximately $5 million and is part of the City Park Golf Course Redesign project. The work will take roughly 2 1/2 months to complete. The project includes the following:
• Realignment of Denver Water’s pipes, to remove them from inside of the City Park Golf Course site and install them in East 23rd Avenue and York Street
• Repaving and resurfacing the road as needed
• 23rd Avenue: Partial lane closures on 23rd Avenue between Steele and York Streets, with flaggers controlling traffic.
• 23rd Avenue weekend closures: There will also be full closures of all lanes on East 23rd Avenue between Steele and York Streets on the weekends of March 3 – 4, March 10-11, and potentially on March 17-18 if additional time for the work is needed.
• 24th Avenue: Full lane closures on 24th Avenue between York Street and Gaylord Street.
• York Street: Two lanes of York Street will be closed with one lane open in each direction.
The majority of the construction work will take place Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with some night work as necessary. Please note that this schedule may change due to bad weather or other unexpected conditions. For more information, please call the project hotline at 303-386-9150 (TTY: 720-512-7257) or go to the website at www.CPGCredesign.org.
The City and County of Denver, Denver Water, Saunders Construction, and Iron Woman Construction would like to remind drivers that wearing a safety belt is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Please drive cautiously in construction zones.
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Kudos to … Bridget Walsh, the recipient of an INC 2018 Neighborhood Star Award on behalf of CPFAN at INC’s Annual Banquet on Jan 31, 2018 … CPFAN Officers & Board Members, Hank Bootz, John Van Sciver, Steve Eppler, Georgia Garnsey, Jacqui Lansing, Keith Loftin, Lou Plachowski, Jackie Victor, and Bridget Walsh who actively serve and protect our park land and open space … Attorneys Aaron Goldhamer and Tony Vaida, who worked countless hours on behalf of the plaintiffs in the City Park Golf Course lawsuit … new RNO’s – Neighbors of Overland North, Montbello Improvement Association, Overlook at Park Hill, and Far Northeast Neighbors who are ready to protect the integrity of their parks and open space … and the members and friends of CPFAN who provided tremendous support by attending our rallies and special events, signing petitions, writing letters to city officials and just “being there”. Looking forward to another great new year.
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Blueprint Denver workshops: Moving beyond “areas of change,” “areas of stability”
From: CPD Communications <CPDCommunications@denvergov.org>
Date: January 31, 2018 at 4:33:07 PM MST
To: CPD Communications <CPDCommunications@denvergov.org>
Subject: Blueprint Denver workshops: Moving beyond “areas of change,” “areas of stability”
Hello from Denver Community Planning and Development!
Denverites have called for a more inclusive city with strong and authentic neighborhoods. To achieve that, we must move beyond Denver’s “areas of change” and “areas of stability” model, established in 2002.
Based on your input in Denveright’s Blueprint Denver planning effort, city planners are working on a new approach to managing land use in our city.
The new concept acknowledges that all places in our city are constantly evolving in pursuit of becoming complete in their own way — not just through enabling or limiting development, but through quality-of-life infrastructure like safe sidewalks, housing options, transit access, parks and open space. Diversity, affordability and good urban design/architecture are key to complete neighborhoods as well.
Regional centers and corridors would take on the most growth, while the remainder of Denver’s places would evolve in smaller ways. Ensuring the proper scale and intensity for all places — and appropriate transitions between residential areas and other places — are key to livability.
Come to one of several Blueprint Denver workshops in February and March to learn more about potential strategies for land use and transportation in your neighborhood and citywide.
Creating a Complete City: Blueprint Denver Workshops
- Feb. 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., 3950 S. Holly St., Denver (Council district 4)
- Feb. 21, 5:30 – 7 p.m., 5100 Lincoln St., Denver (Council district 9)
- Feb. 22, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., 1900 W. 38th Ave., Denver (Council district 1)
- Feb. 22, 6 – 8 p.m., 1625 S. University Blvd. (Council district 6)
- Feb. 27, 5:30 – 8 p.m., 1498 Irving St., Denver (Council district 3)
- Mar. 7, 6 – 7:30 p.m., 4800 Telluride St., Denver (Council district 11)
- Mar. 15, 5:30 – 7 p.m., 2000 Valentia St., Denver (Council district 8)
More workshops are being scheduled. Check our website for information on workshops in council districts 2, 5, 7 and 10.
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CALL FOR ACTION Park Hill Golf Course Alert!
|December 17, 2017|
CALL FOR ACTION
Park Hill Golf Course Alert!
Dear CPFAN Members,
On January 2, 2018, Denver City Council is holding a one-hour courtesy public hearing allowing citizens to express their views on the City’s proposed condemnation ordinance for securing 25-35 acres in the Park Hill Golf Course (PHCG) for a detention pond and 50 acres of “staging” during the construction period.
This Call for Action is a great opportunity for the community to show City Council how much citizen interest there is in the future of PHGC. The traffic and environmental impacts of more massive development could be topics to address as well as citizens’ desire to preserve and enhance the 155 acres of PHGC as either open space or a golf course. The time limit for speakers is 3 minutes. If you do not want to speak, there will be an opportunity to stand and show your support for preserving PHGC as either open space or a golf course.
Council Chambers are located in the City & County Building, 1437 Bannock St., Room 451. If you are able to attend the meeting, please arrive by 5:30 pm. Speakers may sign up at the time of the recess prior to the public hearing. During the recess, council staff will distribute speaker cards at the speaker’s podium. Complete the card, including your address, and return it to council staff. The speaker card must be signed by the speaker. No sign-ups will be accepted after council is back in session.
I hope you can attend this meeting to let City Council know our support for preserving PHGC as either open space or a golf course.
President, City Park Friends and Neighbors
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HISTORIC DENVER SPEAKS UP FOR THE PRESERVATION OF HISTORIC CITY PARK GOLF COURSE
CDOT Response June 2017
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Dear City Park Friends and Neighbors:
We need your generous help to win the legal battle to save City Park Golf Course.
Why does City Park Golf Course need to be saved?
As you know, the city is proceeding with its plans to “repeal and replace” City Park Golf Course as part of its agreement with the Colorado Department of Transportation to provide drainage for the I-70 lowered highway project.
How can we save it?
Since the City Park Golf Course project is only one piece in a very large interconnected series of projects that include local, state, and federal involvement, the best, and possibly only, way to stop its destruction is through the lawsuit initiated by Aaron Goldhamer, representing JD MacFarlane (former Colorado Attorney General). Recently a number of other neighbors and Council Member Rafael Espinoza have requested to join as plaintiffs.
Why is the lawsuit a good bet?
We believe that this suit is the right thing to do and that it stands on the right side of the letter and spirit of the common law and the Charter.
How will my donation be used?
Aaron is conducting the litigation pro bono, but he needs our help with funds to pay for expenses related to the suit, including deposition costs, court fees, document production costs, and expert witnesses. He has asked us to raise $20,000 by the end of this month. We are calling on every member of CPFAN to help with a donation.
Where do I send my donation and how will the money be held?
Aaron’s firm, Keating Wagner Polidori Free, has established a client trust account for the City Park Golf Course litigation. Donations can be made:
- online at GoFundMe webpage Save City Park Golf Course Legal Fund
- by check made out to “Keating Wagner Polidori Free, P.C. Client Trust Account” indicating in the lower left corner “CPGC Lawsuit” and mailed to Keating Wagner Polidori Free, P.C., Attn: Aaron Goldhamer 1290 Broadway, Suite 600 Denver, CO 80203
Please donate today!
Many of you have already contributed. If you have not yet donated, please do so today.
CPFAN Board: Hank Bootz, John Van Sciver, Louis Plachowski, Jacqui Lansing, JD MacFarlane, LaMone Noles, Vicki Eppler
P.S. Don’t miss a bonus opportunity to boost your donation’s value: Susan Barnes-Gelt will match new contributions to the GoFundMe page up to $2000. Thank you, Susan!
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Sign our petition to stop Denver Mayor Michael Hancock from destroying an historic public park to put in an industrial storm drainage sump. Click the button at left to see more and sign the petition.
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