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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.

 

CPFAN HOLIDAY PARTY

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HERE IN TIME FOR HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING

This says it all . Get yours now, $10, supplies limited

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Greed will take away what Mother Nature has preserved for us for so long

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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.)
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1. TAKE EMERGENCY ACTION
WE NEED EVERY ONE OF YOU TO SHOW UP. 


IT IS NOT A DONE DEAL!!!!  WE CAN DO IT.

EMERGENCY ACTION:
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

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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:
DistrictOne@denvergov.org
Jolon.clark@denvergov.org
kevin.flynn@denvergov.org
paul.lopez@denvergov.org
kendra.black@denvergov.org
marybeth.susman@denvergov.org
paul.kashmann@denvergov.org
Christopher.Herndon@denvergov.org
albus.brooks@denvergov.org
wayne.new@denvergov.org
stacie.gilmore@denvergov.org
kniechatlarge@denvergov.org
ortegaatlarge@denvergov.org
president@CPFAN.org

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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.

This resolution passed by 48 in favor, 0 opposed, and 1 abstention. See the letter to Mayor and Council Here

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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.

WEB SITE: CPFAN.org
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/CityParkFAN/

I hope to see you on November 1, at CPFAN and Ditch the I-90 Ditch’s Candle Light Vigil and Procession at CPGC.

LaMone Noles
President
City Park Friends And Neighbors
 

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District Court Decision on City Park Golf Course (CPGC)

CITY PARK FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact: LaMone Noles President, City Park Friends and Neighbors 720 988-4433 President@CPFAN.org http://www.cpfan.org Twitter: @cpfan_dnver Face Book:https://www.facebook.com/CityParkFAN/ District Court Decision on City Park Golf Course (CPGC) Thursday, October 26– Today’s Ruling in MacFarlane vs. City & County of Denver, issued on very narrow […]

Save the trees, Oct 22 2017

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PRESS RELEASE :DEM PARTY RESOLUTION REGARDING PLAN TO EXPAND I70

Contact: Aaron Goldhamer Tel.: 303.534.0401 Email: agoldhamer@keatingwagner.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Denver, CO October 18, 2017 On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Denver passed a resolution strongly condemning the present plan to expand Interstate 70 through Denver. The resolution condemned the social and environmental injustice posed by the project, […]

SAVE THE 261 TREES AT THE GOLF COURSE

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EMERGENCY! CPGC TREES MARKED FOR DESTRUCTION

CITY TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT AND SATURDAY! COME   Oct 12, 2017 — Trees in City Park Golf Course from Colorado Blvd. to York St. are banded with yellow tape, marked for imminent death ( within the next few days) You can help to stop this destruction. The city is holding public meeting tonight, Thursday, […]

Historic Denver Feedback on Cultural Landscape Report for City Park Golf Course

1)      The report generally provides a solid overview of the course and its development, and the photographs and maps are useful visual aids.  While the document would have been more helpful at an earlier stage, it should still be useful in informing design decisions. 2)      We concur with the proposed period of significance for the […]

ANOTHER NAIL IN THE I 70/ PLATTE TO PARK HILL COFFIN?

Contact: Aaron Goldhamer Tel.: 303.534.0401 Email: agoldhamer@keatingwagner.com  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Zeppelin Plaintiffs Move to Enjoin I-70 Widening Project  Denver, CO September 18, 2017   On Friday, a group of Denver citizens—including developer Kyle Zeppelin—filed a motion in Federal court to enjoin the Colorado Department of Transportation (“CDOT”) from proceeding with its controversial plan to expand […]

Clayton Early Learning – Park Hill Golf Course Community Forum

Please join Clayton Early Learning for Community Forum #3 to continue the community discussion regarding the future of Park Hill Golf Course. The meeting will take place from 7PM-8PM on Thursday September 21, 2017 on the Clayton Campus in the Administration Building. The campus is located at 3801 Martin Luther King Boulevard (Colorado Blvd/Martin Luther […]

A Message From Brad Evans, Ditch The Ditch

Hello Friends, Over the last 30 days, we’ve seen significant progress Ditching The Ditch. We’ve put CDOT, the City of Denver, and their boondoggle ditch project on the ropes. The tide has turned, and we are seeing a BIG results! We need your help, we’ve received a $6000 matching dollar challenge, and we can double […]

NO VERDICT YET/ CITY TO “DONATE” PARK LAND TO DEVELOPER?

CITY PARK FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS Sep 7, 2017 The city proposes to give a piece of publicly owned property that was supposed to be a green, public park…. to a private developer. Such a deal for whom? This property is located on the 2800 block of Fairfax. Denver Parks & Recreation told Park Hill residents […]

Four Days In Court, A Recollection

 By: Christine O’Connor Overview: During the four day J. D. MacFarlane vs. City & County of Denver trial, the City continued to dig itself deeper and deeper into a hole. What came through loud and clear —and which will persist regardless of the final opinion in the case — is that the City looked very […]

UPDATE:TRIAL TO SAVE CPGC FROM DESTRUCTION DAY#2

Another big thanks to the crowd (somewhat smaller, could use some new faces Wednesday or Thursday!) who sat for parts of the J.D. MacFarlane vs. City & County of Denver trial today!  We will start Wednesday at 9 am, 1437 Bannock, Courtroom 269. Plaintiffs’ Attorneys Aaron Goldhamer and Tony Vaida continued to present the Plaintiffs’ case Tuesday in Judge David Goldberg’s Courtroom.   […]

Tree Hugger In Chief

And I can tell you about my drive every day from the urban heat island we know as downtown Denver, on my way home, as soon as I hit City Park, the thermometer on my car measuring the outside temperature, goes down 5 degrees. So I know from my own research and from my personal […]

Neighbors fight to save trees ahead of trial involving Denver’s City Park Golf Course

Trial is set for August 21 By liz.gelardi@kmgh.com There’s new sense of urgency surrounding the fight to save trees at Denver’s City Park Golf Course. Denver City Council is set to vote on contracts related to a controversial drainage project at the golf course. The work involves a stormwater drainage project and course redesign. The proposed […]

Please Write Your Council Person, Subject Line: Council Bill 17-0823, 17-0824, 17-1826

    This Monday, Aug 7, 2017 Council members will vote to enter into a contract for the excavation of City Park Golf Course.  The legal challenge is set for trial August 21. Please copy the below addresses, the letter and email  to our Council members and urge them to respect the judicial and public […]

Future of Park Hill Golf Course:

Let your voice be heard in favor of More Open Space, less Development! Please join Clayton Early Learning for Community Forum #2 to continue the community discussion regarding the future of Park Hill Golf Course. The meeting will take place from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Thursday August 10, 2017 on the Clayton Campus  […]

Press Release July 31, 2017

City Park Friends and Neighbors LaMone Noles, President   For Immediate Release July 31, 2017 CPFAN issues response to Mayor Hancock’s plan to appear at the Denver Press Club’s celebration of its placement on the National Register of Historic Places City Park Friends and Neighbors (CPFAN) applauds Mayor Hancock for honoring the Denver Press Club […]

Resolution Regarding Overland Park Golf Course

Whereas, Overland Park Golf Course, designated in 1956, is an important part of Denver’s park system, providing affordable and accessible golf to Denver’s citizens continuously since its founding in 1895;
and Whereas, the Hancock Administration proposes to lease Overland Park Golf Course to a commercial promoter for the next five years to hold a music festival that will close the golf course for five weeks during prime golf season every summer;

It’s Full Steam Ahead In The City Park Golf Course Lawsuit

We have just four weeks to go to the trial, where our attorneys will demonstrate to the Court that not only the golfers who play 50,000 rounds of golf a year at CPGC, but thousands of other Denverites will be deprived of use of CPGC for ANY park purpose during this extended stormwater project chosen as construction support for the I70 expansion.  Our lawyers will also show that— contrary to all the fancy PR coming from Denver — this project was not chosen to “improve” the Golf Course, and in fact will destroy the historic landscape design that earned the Golf Course its place on the National Register of Historic Places.

Press Conference “Ditch The Ditch” Filed Law Suit

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Opponents of CDOT’s I-70 Widening File Suit Against the Federal Highway Administration

The suit takes specific aim at the agreement Denver reached with CDOT in 2015 that put local taxpayers on the hook for a project to funnel stormwater away from the 40-foot ditch the agency plans to dig to widen the freeway. The FHWA approved an EIS that did not account for the flood protection project, and the lawsuit aims to “show that both the City of Denver and CDOT intentionally hid the connection between the Platte to Park Hill Drainage Project and the Central I-70 project,” according to a press release.

HISTORIC DENVER SPEAKS UP FOR THE PRESERVATION OF HISTORIC CITY PARK GOLF COURSE

 

CDOT Response June 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Continued Community Opposition to I-70 Expansion and Denver’s Stormwater Project

Opponents say the expansion would displace at least 56 households and worsen local air quality.  More than 80 percent of residents in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood are Latino, and a third of the residents live in poverty. Opponents of the highway expansion used those demographics in a lawsuit to stop the project, saying that poor and minority communities would be disproportionately impacted. In April Federal civil rights investigators found that CDOT’s plan would be less discriminatory toward  Elyria-Swansea and Globeville, than any other option studied. Hear an interview with Candy CdeBaca

YOUR INPUT NEEDED ON CITY PARK MASTER PLAN UPDATE

Please click the following link to take a short survey on your desires/ideas/hopes regarding the future of City Park. In particular, please fill in the final entry where your personal comments are requested. Your responses will help shape the future of City Park. https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-parks-and-recreation/planning/park-facility-projects/city-park-master-plan.html

PRESS RELEASE: CITY PARK FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS (RNO) LAWSUIT INFO

PRESS RELEASE: CITY PARK FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS (RNO) CPFAN Contacts: Maria Flora 303.345.7811 / Bridget Walsh 720.440.3562 Government Secrecy Largely Prevails in MacFarlane et al v. Denver Fight Continues to Save Historic City Park Golf Course (CPGC) While Richard Nixon could not assert an “executive privilege” to prevent the public from knowing the truth behind […]

 


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.

The golf course will be closed, fenced off, and dirt removed to substantially lower below grade the western end of the park. Trees will be lost and it is likely that the existing clubhouse will be torn down. Then a completely new course will be designed around the drainage facility.

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?

The City Park Golf Course lawsuit contends that closing the park (City Park Golf Course is a designated Denver park) for 18-24 months and giving it to the Public Works Department to construct a stormwater detention facility violate Colorado common law and the Denver City Charter. Both common law and the Charter protect parks for the public to use for park and recreation purposes. And no park may be leased or sold without a vote of the people (Charter section 2.4.5) and no franchises other than to concessionaires may be granted in parks (Charter section 2.4.6).

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.

Thank you!

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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