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.
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Greed will take away what Mother Nature has preserved for us for so long
Three Things You Can Do! It’s Not A Done Deal
Dear CPFAN Friends and Members,
You are empowered to have an impact on your community. Let your voice be heard.
Take action that will improve the quality of life in Denver for everyone. Do not be silent.
(3 items below including quick Actions that you can take now to effect change in Denver.)
1. TAKE EMERGENCY ACTION
WE NEED EVERY ONE OF YOU TO SHOW UP.
IT IS NOT A DONE DEAL!!!! WE CAN DO IT.
STOP DESTRUCTION of 261 BIG TREES IN CPGC
CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL AND PROCESSION
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 6:00 – 7:00PM
WHERE: CITY PARK GOLF COURSE, In front of Bogey’s at the Club House, 26th & York St.
PLEASE BRING ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS
….AND A FLASH LIGHT OR CANDLE. Dress warm.
Join friends from CPFAN & Ditch the I-70 Ditch
2. Speak Up! E MAIL DENVER CITY COUNCIL.
Take just one minute and make a difference.
Copy and paste the following letter into an email with your own comments and copy and paste the list of e mail addresses of Denver City Council into the “To” section of your email. A copy will also come to CPFAN. Thank you!
(Copy and paste)
Dear Denver City Council,
It is time for Denver City Council to speak up and represent the interests of their constituents.
Unfortunately, In 2010, through changes to the Denver Zoning Code, Denver City Council ceded complete control over our precious Denver parks to the Mayor, through his political appointee, the Manager of Denver Department of Parks and Recreation.
This move has proved disastrous for Denver parks including Washington Park, Hentzel Park, City Park Golf Course (CPGC), Overland Park Golf Course and potentially for future parks such as the promised Fairfax Pocket Park in Park Hill. This rampant misuse of our heritage, our parks, must stop. Please take back Denver City Council’s power to manage and defend our parks with genuine input from your constituents. Bring accountability, trasnparency and integrity back to the management of Denver parks. Change the Denver Zoning Code, now.
Denver’s open spaces and mature tree canopy must be preserved as irreplaceable infrastructure that will protect and provide for our our families and our community as global warming brings heat, drought, more extreme weather and more dirty air to Denver. Short sighted, cavalier use of this valuable land for development and outdated drains and transportation projects is counterproductive and dangerous.
Join us on Wednesday, November 1 , 6:00- 8:00 PM at City Park Golf Course, 26th & York St., for a Candle Light Vigil and Procession, to let Denver Mayor Hancock know that we oppose the destruction of CPGC and the demise of 261 heritage trees.
Thank you for your consideration.
( YOUR NAME)
Copy and past the following addresses into your “To” section of your email:
3. LAW SUIT IS DEFEATED BUT THERE IS HOPE IN PUBLIC OUTRAGE
EMAIL CITY COUNCIL ( See below for addresses and suggested letter)
CPFAN MEMBER AND FRIEND, MICHELE SWENSON AND BECKY ENGLISH
As many of you have heard, the law suit that was brought, pro bono, by Attorney Aaron Goldhamer, against Denver, to halt the destruction of City Park Golf Course, was defeated.
Judge David H. Goldberg(Decision here.) ruled that Denver’s plan for CPGC could be a thinly veiled support for Highway I-70 expansion, that it would be destructive to the historic course and it would not be beneficial for the neighborhoods.
But, the decision said that the Denver Zoning Code that was adopted in 2010, gave him no choice.
In 2010 the City Council voted, through the Denver Zoning Code, to give complete control of Denver Parks to the Manager of Denver Parks and Recreation, now Happy Haynes, a political appointee of Mayor Hancock. There is no process in place to review her decisions and there is, apparently, no recourse.( See CPFAN’s Press release here.).
Ex City Councilwoman, Cathy Donohue, wrote an eloquent piece explaining the downside of the proposed change, in 2009:
“Currently, the Manager of Parks only has jurisdiction over the uses of facilities in our parks—not
land use changes or initial development. This new “decider” for all development in our parks
will not be subject to anything more than letter writing or public outcry.”
(Click here to read full piece.)
The Zoning Code must be changed. On Saturday, October 29th the Zoning and Planning Committee (ZAP) of Inter-Neighborhood Coopertion ( INC) passed a resolution asking the Denver City Council to take back control over Denver parks. It passed easily as the damage done by Mayor Hancock to our parks is so evident. The successful resolution was drafted by CPFAN member Nancy Francis.
ACTION: The full house of delegates of INC will vote on the resolution on Saturday, November 11, 2017, 8:30 AM, at the Willis Case Golf Course, 4999 Vrain St, Denver, CO 80212.
Come and support this important Resolution.
CPFAN is an advocate and a voice for Denver parks and for the health and safety of our community.
Let your voice be heard. We are listening.
Join CPFAN and stay connected to what’s happening in Denver.
Don’t just complain. Be a part of the change.
I hope to see you on November 1, at CPFAN and Ditch the I-90 Ditch’s Candle Light Vigil and Procession at CPGC.
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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