JOIN us on Saturday, June 10, from 2 -4 for a backyard barbecue and support the effort of the neighbors of Globevllle , Swansea and Elyria to stop the expansion of inner city Highway I 70.
ANY DONATION IS WELCOME. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Please join the Sierra Club Foundation, Unite North Metro Denver, the Cross Community Coalition and our generous hosts and sponsors listed below for a fundraiser for our ongoing fight against the I-70 Central Expansion. Learn the latest updates about lawsuits and other actions fighting the proposed expansion through the Globeville, Swansea and Elyria neighborhoods.
It’s Not Too Late to Ditch the Ditch!
These communities are in the most heavily polluted zip code in the United States. No other populated area in the country carries as high an environmental risk. Childhood asthma rates are 40% higher and congestive heart disease is 70% greater than in other Denver neighborhoods. The environmental and social injustice will continue unless we continue!
Your donation at any level is very much appreciated. To give at a higher level and be recognized for your gift at the event, the following sponsorships are available. In addition, an anonymous donor has agreed to match all donations up to a total of $15,000.
Host – $500
Jake Jakubowski, Ed and Alice Harris
Sponsor – $250
Co-Sponsor – $100
Bettie Cram & Peggy Abeyta
Refreshments will be served. A short program of information about the project will begin at 3:00 pm
If you cannot make our event, you may always make a tax-deductible donation online at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club at: https://sierra.secure.force.com/donate/rc_connect__campaign_designform?id=70131000001Lqmt&_ga=2.5381754.8375557.1493871983-14532696.1493337289#!form=00P3100000UILq7EAH
Simply cut and paste the link into your browser.
photo credit: Steve Kinney
CANCELLED at request of Parks and Rec. Will be rescheduled for fall
beautify a well-loved corner of City Park! Join your neighbors and Denver Parks and Rec on June 17th from 8am-noon for a light workday at Dustin Redd Playground. This first workday will focus on trash and debris removal, sweeping mulch, and weeding. We’ll also identify projects for future workdays. This event is organized by the City Park Neighborhood Advisory Committee (CPNAC), which consists of representatives from all of the RNOs bordering City Park (and two at-large representatives). CPFANS is a member
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Enjoy a sunset walk in one of the most beautiful, historic places in Denver, City Park ,Denver’s Crown Jewel.
WHEN: Thursday, June 22 , 6PM
WHERE: 26th Ave. & York St. , 80205. Steps at North entrance Club House (Bogey’s)
Join us for a walk around City Park ( about 1 hour) and end up back at Bogey’s for libation, food ( very reasonable)
and good conversation with friends, old and new. All abilities and speeds are welcome.
WALK WILL BE CANCELLED IF LIGHTENING IS IN THE AREA. WE WILL RETREAT TO BOGEY’S.
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City Park Friends and Neighbors (CPFAN) has reserved a spot in the famous, Park Hill 4th of July Parade
Louis Plachowski, CPFAN Board Member, will drive the Official CPFAN 1971 VW Camper in the parade . Anyone who would like to ride is welcome… first come first served.
WHEN: 12:30 , July 4th , 2017 (parade starts at 1:30)
WHERE: Meet up at 4909 East 23rd Ave, 80207 / NE corner of 23rd Ave. and Eudora St.
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For the walk, meet Fran, Richard and TTW Frog on the outside northwest corner of the DMNS front entrance and parking, next to the statue of the Mastodon Statue facing the lake and the mountains.
Dennis has accepted our dinner invitation to tell us about the ancient Irish tree alphabet, called “ogham.”
Dennis has been a Colorado State Senator, State Representative, City Councilman, Regis University Professor for 50 years, and Denver City Auditor. Channel 12 broadcasted the documentary titled “Gallagher: One of a Kind” (now on Vimeo).
We owe this great honor to this month’s “Forests” theme, and our collaborative co-hosts from the City Park Friends and Neighbors (CPFAN), Cooperative Community Schools (CCS) and Topic-Talk Walks (TTWalks).
During our walk (from 5:30-630 PM) for this month’s “Forests” theme, we’ll be adding an improv comedy “Only Questions” game for ages 3 to 93.
We’ll be walking 1 mile from the Snowmastodon on the NW corner of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, to the Bogey’s On The Park restaurant in the City Park Golf Course, at 2500 York Street, Denver 80205.
We’ll be walking on the south side of the lake, and then an extra half mile to 25th and York Street to the restaurant. After dinner, we’ll walk back together, to our starting point . Roundtrip, it’s about 2 miles.
NOTE: The Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) planetarium’s free “60 Minutes in Space” presentation, will not be on its usual last Wednesday schedule this month. Instead it will be on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. We do not have a walk scheduled for that day.
ABOUT OUR “ONLY QUESTIONS” GAME
Have you watched the improv comedy “Questions Only” game on “Whose Line Is It Anyway“? Our “Only Questions” game also has no winners or losers, just a whole lot of fun, with the additional educational co-creativity! You can read more about the evolution of the “Rules of the Game” on a photo in on our collaborative Topic-Talk Walks’ Facebook album.
We’re building up questions for our scheduled October 25, 2017 collaborative event on this “Forests” themed topic.
Please feel free to contact me, your volunteer collaborative co-host, if you have any questions, or comments.
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Come and Party with CPFAN!
CPFAN actively supports the law suit brought by Aaron Goldhamer, on behalf of many plaintiffs, to STOP Denver’s plan to destroy historic City Park Golf Course …to install a large industrial drain for toxic storm water.
All this to keep the planned expansion of the killer Highway I 70 expansion from flooding. Click for short video: https://vimeo.com/
We have raised over $25,000 for the law suit so far! It goes to trial on august 21, 2017.
TOGETHER….WE WILL WIN!
We think that a party is in order to celebrate this feat and many other CPFAN accomplishments over the past few years.
Aaron Goldhamer, the lawyer who has brought this sut pro bono ( FOR FREE) will be our honored guest .
You might even be moved to donate to the law suit fund to help save CPGC from destruction. You can donate now or at the party , if you are able. https://www.gofundme.com/
See you on August 6 at 6:00PM!
CPFAN September Meeting: Please join us for an important update on issues that affect all of our lives and our parks.
1. City Park Golf Course Lawsuit: Hear a recap of the trial and perhaps we wil have a decision.
2. City Park Neighborhood Advisory Committee
3. Superfund Sites. : We are all affected because we live right next to the most toxic zip code in the USA, 80216.Colorado Department of Transportation and Denver are doing a removal of dirt from the 39th Avenue in Cole to install a mile long open storm water drain, a continuation of the drain that they want to place in City Park Golf Course. The drain would carry toxic storm water and industrial waste through CPGC and Cole on its way to Globeville, where it will dump into the South Platte River through a controversial, large outfall.
This project and the Highway I 70 expansion that it is designed to keep from flooding, have many ramifications for our air , water and soil, trees, health and safety.
CPFAN is a part of the Community Advisory Group (CAG)formed by EPA and Denver.
COME AND LEARN …. BE INFORMED… SPEAK UP… LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD.
4. INC: Highway I 70 Expansion. CDOT wants to lower a portion of I 70 , 20 feet below the water table, next to the river,in the path of a large drainage. Is this project going to affect your life? How will this huge, 5 year long project affect your life, the air you breathe , your water and your soil?
Inter Neighborhood Cooperation(INC) will soon hold an informational meeting for citizens to learn about this project. We will have an update.
COME AND LEARN …. BE INFORMED… SPEAK UP… LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD
5. Recycled water: Is Denver Water’s recycled water safe? What’s in it? Is it killing the trees in the parks? Is it safe to put on your veggies and to give to livestock to drink? Where does recycled water come from and what are the concerns
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GUEST SPEAKER:Chuck Norris, Hydro Geologist
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 6 – 8PM, Park Hill Library, 4705 Montview Blvd. 80207
Hydrology Expert Chuck Norris
Click here:Getting to Know Chuck
TOPIC: “Demystifying the I 70 Vasquez Superfund CAG”
I 70 Vasquez Superfund Site has a new CAG
WHY ARE WE WORRIED?
Please click here to watch an informative video done by CPFAN’s own Michele Swenson. The entertaining video covers the questions and concerns of many citizens about Denver and EPA’s ‘time critical removal” of dirt and water in the I 70 Vasquez Superfund Site in Globeville, Swansea, Elyria and Cole. CPFAN is concerned about the health and safety of our neighbors who use and love the park.
WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT? CAG.
CPFAN members and friends pushed the EPA to recognize a Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) for this I 70 Vasquez Superfund Site (SS), It is the first CAG since 1999, when the site was first put on the EPA’s National Priorities List for the most toxic sites in the USA. CPFAN has many members who live by the SS and /or will be affected by activity that includes the most toxic zip code in the USA, 80216.
CPFAN CARES ABOUT OUR CITY PARK-CLOSE NEIGHBORHOODS.
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Demonstration in front of Hancock’s CPGC “wall” at 26th and York. Bring Kleenex.
The trees can live without us, but we cannot live without the trees,”
The Lungs Of Our City
Regarding what is happening at City Park Golf Course: As a former 17-year member of the Denver Parks & Recreation Advisory Board back when it had solid participatory inputs from all council districts, it is extraordinarily painful for me to see what is happening to the very lungs of our city in the semi-desert ecosystem. And I’m a 70-year golfer, too.
Past, present and future, the city is practicing clear-cut logging at Hentzell Park, now Globeville Landing, City Park Golf Course and next, Park Hill Golf Course. The latest related insult is the mayor’s rejection of the Green Roof’s initiative on the Nov. 7 ballot. It’s a sustainably sound measure that pays for itself in a few years, besides doing local small-scale urban drainage as a side benefit. The criteria that any property less than one acre does not require surface drainage is absurd. I refer you to the state-of-the-art new Natural Grocers solution on site at 38th and Brighton Boulevard. It was my good fortune to learn these techniques in the late 60s, when we were in the highly wet cycle, i.e. the 500-year flood in 1965.
There is wisdom in the old adage, “The trees can live without us, but we cannot live without the trees,” especially in these once-prairie grasslands from the Flatirons through Iowa to the Mississippi. A modest-sized tree produces the equivalent of one-half ton of air conditioning per day. The U.S. Forest Service indicates that the life span of a mature tree is worth $100,000: the massacre of these trees in City Park represent a loss of more than $25 million of benefit to our city.
Tom Bendelow’s design for City Park Golf Course was a low-water need, small-greens, high plains links layout with magnificent views over a city center that had 12-story height limits until the 1950s with two exceptions: The D&F Tower and Mountain States T&T headquarters.
John Prosser, Denver
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City Park Needs your Input!!!
On Thursday, February 1 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, there will be an Open House for the public to review the work of the City Park Master Plan Update and to offer their recommendations and voice their concerns as to how the plan evolves. The event is hosted by the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation and takes place from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
The City Park Master Plan Update (updated from the 2001 Master Plan) will be finalized in March, so it is imperative that the public’s opinions and concerns be registered NOW.
What do you care about in City Park? What are your concerns? What would you like to see changed and what would you like to stay the same? Below are a few of the issues you might want to address:
*Parking: how are the needs of the Museum and Zoo for additional parking going to effect City Park proper?
*When will water return to the DeBoer Canyon?
*What are the plans for beautifying the Zoo’s Gate 15 service area behind the Asian Elephant Exhibit and fronting the City Park by Duck Lake?
*What are the plans for activating the Lilly Pond?
*There is a committee suggestion to install an ice cream store in the historic Bible House and a similar amenity in the Elephant House (also know as the Pump House). Do you prefer further activating the park or retaining its passive character? What are you concerns about additional parking needs such amenities would stimulate in City Park?
You have other concerns and questions as well. Please come to the City Park Master Plan Update Open House on Feb. 1 and lend your voice to the future of City Park.
City Park Needs Your Active Participation and Your Help
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The National Western Center and its partners are currently undergoing a study to gather input from neighbors and surrounding communities on how the public areas of the new center will be used. This input will help create a year-round destination that connects communities through education, entertainment, history and culture. In addition, there will be an opportunity to speak one-on-one with representatives from
other projects in the area and get your questions answered.Please go to nationalwesterncenter.com for more information or call Julie Skeen, National Western Center Placemaking Team Contact, at 303-905-4108; this number can also be used for Spanish-language
questions or a sign language interpreter request.
National Western Center Placemaking Public Meeting
On-street parking available
Colorado Miners Community Center
4809 Race St. Denver, CO 80216
A light meal, childcare and
Spanish language translation will be provided.
El Centro National Western y sus socios están llevando a cabo un estudio para recolectar la opinión de los
vecinos y las comunidades colindantes sobre cómo se usarán las zonas públicas en el nuevo centro. Estas
opiniones ayudarán a crear un destino de uso el año entero que conectará las comunidades con la
educación, entretenimiento, historia y cultura. Además, tendrá la oportunidad de hablar individualmente
con representantes de los otros proyectos en la zona y que le contesten cualquier pregunta que tenga.
Por favor visite nationalwesterncenter.com para obtener más información o llame a Julie Skeen, Contacto
del Equipo de Crear un Lugar del Centro National Western, al 303-905-4108; este número también se
usará para preguntas en español o para solicitar un intérprete de lengua de señas.
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You are invited to attend the next (and final) Open House for the City Park Master Plan Update with Design Guidelines! Join Denver Parks & Recreation and Historic Denver at this public open house to review and provide feedback on draft master plan recommendations and priorities. For more information and to see what has been developed so far, click here or visit www.denvergov.org/parkprojects. Facebook event here.
WHEN: Thursday, April 19th, 2018 | Stop by anytime between 5:00PM to 7:00PM
WHERE: East High School Cafeteria | 1600 City Park Esplanade
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At the meeting, members** will elect a new Board. The new Board will elect officers, appoint standing committees and/or task groups, and take any other desired action.Membership is FREE. JOIN TODAY.
We encourage CPFAN members interested in serving on the Board to notify us no later than March 30.
Hank Bootz (email@example.com) and
John Van Sciver (firstname.lastname@example.org).
•• . A member is entitled to vote if the person: (a) has been enrolled for at least three (3) months as a member in the manner proscribed by the Board, (b) is current on payment of any assessed member dues, and (c) certifies at the time of voting in the manner proscribed by the Board that she/he supports the principles set forth in the then approved current CPFAN mission statement.
We welcome your interest and possible participation in CPFAN on this deeper leve
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