COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE

 WHEN: Thursday, August 16, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:            Carla Madison Recreation Center

2401 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80206
Overflow parking is available in the East High School student lot on the north side of East 16th Avenue.

 

The City and County of Denver and Saunders Construction are hosting a community open house to share updates on the redesign of City Park Golf Course.

There will be stations with information on the following aspects of the project:

  • Clubhouse final design
  • Interpretive/historical exhibits design concepts
  • 23rd Avenue intersection design concept
  • Stormwater irrigation
  • Golf course routing and design
  • Construction progress update

Scheduled to reopen in 2019, the City Park Golf Course Redesign project includes an updated 18-hole golf course with natural landscaping, a new clubhouse and maintenance facility, stormwater detention that provides increased flood protection to thousands of homes, and a reforestation program with a net gain of 500 trees. The basis of design for this project was developed from an iterative, collaborative process with a cross-section of members within the community. The redesign maintains sweeping vistas and park like feel of the course.

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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! 

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Happy Haynes And Her Discretion

Colorado Inside Out: October 27th, 2017 – City Park Golf Course a Go
The controversial City Park Golf Course project is now officially a-go following a district court judge’s decision.
Penfield Tate discusses the decision

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Denver Judge: City Park Flood Plan May Be “Thinly Veiled Subterfuge” to Widen I-70

While the judge decided not to halt the drainage project, his decision could lend momentum to a federal lawsuit against the highway expansion through north Denver neighborhoods.

By David Sachs

Streets Blog Oct 27 2017

ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE

Denver District Court Judge David H. Goldberg won’t stop a flood control project at City Park Golf Course tied to the widening of I-70 through minority, low-income neighborhoods in north Denver. But he did say the drainage work “may be a thinly veiled subterfuge” to grease the skids for the highway expansion, which could prove relevant in a separate federal case against the I-70 project.

Plaintiffs suing the City and County of Denver argued that the true purpose of the project — which is absent from the city’s 2014 Storm Drainage Master Plan — is to protect the Colorado Department of Transportation’s I-70 expansion, which promises to increase traffic and pollution for years to come.

The $1.8 billion I-70 project would sink a portion of the highway 30 to 40 feet below ground, creating a flood pocket during large storms. Having the city assume the burden of drainage infrastructure shifts costs from CDOT and private companies to Denver taxpayers who pay a stormwater fee, advocates argued.

As a city district judge, Goldberg can only rule on whether the drainage project violates the city charter. “Though the reconfiguration of CPGC may be a thinly veiled subterfuge to pave the way for new construction plans on I-70 and along the I-70 corridor, consideration of the various rationales and funding mechanisms for the Project is beyond the scope of this Court’s charge,” Goldberg wrote in his decision [PDF].

 

The pending case against the highway widening in federal court won’t be bound by such narrow legal concerns, however. That suit argues the Federal Highway Administration should not have approved CDOT’s widening without including the flood project in its environmental analysis.

Plaintiff’s attorney Aaron Goldhamer said there’s a silver lining to the legal defeat. “The judge in the federal court may very well read [Goldberg’s ruling] as a guiding statement as to what the evidence in this case did show,” Goldhamer said. “I’m much more optimistic about the federal case. I think there are some very strong claims there and this ruling may only bolster those claims.” Goldhamer pointed to the judge’s acknowledgment of “subterfuge” and evidence that the flood project will have adverse environmental impacts. The City Park Golf Course project will remove 263 trees and change the grading of the land. Goldberg wrote that “the loss of a mature [tree] canopy is materially detrimental to the habitat and the neighborhood” an could “take decades to redevelop.”
Plaintiff’s attorney Aaron Goldhamer said there’s a silver lining to the legal defeat. “The judge in the federal court may very well read [Goldberg’s ruling] as a guiding statement as to what the evidence in this case did show,” Goldhamer said. “I’m much more optimistic about the federal case. I think there are some very strong claims there and this ruling may only bolster those claims.” Goldhamer pointed to the judge’s acknowledgment of “subterfuge” and evidence that the flood project will have adverse environmental impacts. The City Park Golf Course project will remove 263 trees and change the grading of the land. Goldberg wrote that “the loss of a mature [tree] canopy is materially detrimental to the habitat and the neighborhood” an could “take decades to redevelop.”

 

which may result in significant detrimental chemical and biological changes to the soil and golf course that could take up to 10 years to manifest,” according to arborist Rebecca Wegner, who testified for the plaintiffs.

Goldhamer filed an injunction last month to stop CDOT from beginning construction before the federal case is heard. The request is still pending.

If a federal judge orders CDOT to redo its environmental analysis to include the drainage infrastructure, that would stall the widening, Goldhamer said, likely beyond next year’s election of a new governor. The question of whether to stop the expansion would then fall to whomever Coloradans elect to replace John Hickenlooper in 2018.

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