Saco DeBoer & the Visionaries Who Shaped Our Western Gardening Philosophy

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator and Director of Outreach for Denver Botanic Gardens will present a free program and slideshow on Saco DeBoer and Walter Pesman, the landscape architects who shaped most of Denver’s parks, parkways, and schools. DeBoer created the De Boer Canyon and Waterway and the Lily Ponds in City Park. Come learn about these towering figures who brought gardening as we practice it today in Colorado.


“Saco DeBoer & the Visionaries Who Shaped Our Western Gardening Philosophy,”

by Panayoti Keladais

Feb. 4, 6-8 pm at Messiah Community Church (free parking behind the church off 18th Avenue)

Program sponsored by City Park Friends and Neighbors.

The program launches an art installation, “Color Field at the Lily Ponds” in City Park in May. Color Field is sponsored by City Park Friends and Neighbors and is supported by Denver Arts and Venues, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Zoo, Denver Dept. of Parks and Recreation and the City Park Alliance.

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Improvements to Stapleton’s Central Park and Greenway Park Playgrounds: Take the Surveys

From: Parks and Rec <parksandrecreation@denvergov.org>
Date: October 19, 2018 at 4:21:52 PM MDT
Subject: Improvements to Stapleton’s Central Park and Greenway Park Playgrounds: Take the Surveys!

Constructed approximately 10 years ago, Stapleton’s Central Park and Greenway Park playgrounds are now in need of improvements.

As Denver Parks and Recreation begins the design process for upgrading these two playgrounds, we want to hear from you about what you’d like to see in the future. Please take the surveys below to tell us what you love about the current playgrounds as well as what you would like to see in the future. Each survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Greenway Park Playground Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GreenwayPlay

Central Park Playground Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CentralPlay

This is just the start of the playground outreach! You will begin to see more about this project over the next few months and we plan to be out in the playground/host public meetings in order to hear directly from you.

Please contact parksandrecreation@denvergov.org with any questions or for more information and visit www.denvergov.org/parks.

If you would like to be involved with supporting the future outreach for this effort in Stapleton, please email parksandrecreation@denvergov.org with your contact information.

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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.

Sincerely,

LaMone Noles

President, City Park Friends and Neighbors

president@cpfan.org

(720) 988-4433

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

CITY PARK FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS

Sep 7, 2017

WE WILL LET YOU KNOW AS SOON AS WE HAVE A VERDICT ON OUR LAWSUIT TO SAVE HISTORIC CPGC FROM DESTRUCTION

A BAD PRECEDENT? DENVER PARKS WANTS TO “SWAP” A PUBLIC PARK FOR A “PRIVATE” PLAZA. COME & LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD

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 that this property would be made into a public park.
Now the city ( Denver Parks and Recreation) proposes to hand it over to a private developer in the form of a “LAND SWAP”.
City Councilman Chris Herndon appears to be facilitating this swap.

Instead of a public park, residents would get a cement plaza embedded in a big mixed use development across the street from the land in question……. in exchange for this city owned property.

This is the same big private development that Councilman Chris Herndon was asked to keep secret from his constituents, by the developer, until the land acquisition was complete. And Councilman Herndon did just that. Now, is he in favor of donating our precious park land to the same developer AT A LOSS TO THE CITY?

The private developer would maintain the “park” and provide “security”. We understand that the developer would also have first right on utilization of the “park”.

Does this sound like a public park to you? Would all neighbors be welcome in this upscale development with restaurants and retail? Could you have a barbeque or a family reunion in this “park”?

DOES THIS SOUND FISHY TO YOU?

ACTION: Greater Park Hill Community will discuss this proposal at their meeting tonight:
Thursday, September 7
6:30 PM
Greater Park Hill Community Center,
2823 Fairfax St. 880207
Park Hill Community neighbors and the City of Denver Dept of Parks and Recreation ( Scott Gilmore) will be giving presentations.
We need your voice.

The $64 question. Will Denver City Councilman Chris Herndon attend?
Stay tuned.

QUASI PUBLIC, PARK HILL GOLF COURSE TO CLOSE SOON. INC WANTS CITY TO ACQUIRE IT FOR PUBLIC PARK LAND. ARE MURKY BACKROOM DEALS GOING ON OUT OF PUBLIC VIEW?

 

READ MORE: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3tj3PB9uPWZdEsxQWtqbzJtNm8/view?usp=sharing

ACTION: PLEASE COME , MEET FRIENDS , HAVE FUN PARK HILL STREET FAIR Come to: CITY PARK FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS TABLE ( LOOK FOR THE 1971 VW CAMPER POP TOP)

Sunday, September 10
11:00 – 5PM
FOREST AVE. PARKWAY
MORE DETAILS: http://www.parkhillhometour.org/street-fair/


Denver Parks seem to be under attack from our own Department of Parks and Recreation, Denver City Council and the Mayor.
The people literally have no voice or vote in the destiny of our parks.
The Director of Denver Parks and Recreation, Happy Haynes, a political appointee who serves at the pleasure of Mayor Michael Hancock ,ALONE, now decides what is a park use.
Huge Music Festivals, drainage projects, incinerators, a Starbucks or a MacDonalds … Happy can rule that they are all park uses.

You don’t get to vote on it and neither does your City Council Representative. Denver’s 2010 Zoning Law overhaul gave the Mayor complete control over the destiny of Denver’s parks.

Were you snoozing when that law passed?

We need to be alert and let our voices be heard… loud and clear.
Citizens of Denver want to have a voice in their own destiny and have a say in what happens to our public lands before they aren’t public anymore.

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Denver Open Spaces under attack from Mayor Hancock

TELL DENVER CITY COUNCIL:
“NO huge music festival in Overland Park Golf course!”
See details below. 


Historic Overland Park Golf Course is in Mayor Hancock’s  Crosshairs for
profits for an out of state company, Superfly. 

•First is was City Park under attack fo a 13 acre mini Elitches, then a large part of City Park was closed off to the pubic for a private , profit making event, Chive Fest ( how could we forget EXPLICIT ), then Mayor Hancock set his sights on ripping up  histoirc  City Park Golf Course and turn it into a barren, storm water sump.  Now Park Hill Golf Course is being eyed for more development and  Hancock wants to turn historic Overland  Prak Golf Course into a huge , loud music festival right. right in the middle of a quiet residnetial neighborhood.

ACTION ITEM: 30 seconds.
BEFORE MONDAY , JULY 24…CLICK ON THIS LINK AND COPY AND PASTE THE  SAMPLE LETTER TO DENVER CITY COUNCIL INTO AN EMAIL ON YOUR COMPUTER.
It contains many details.

IT ASKS THEM TO RECONSIDER THEIR DECISION TO HOLD A  HUGE, 3 DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL IN HISTORIC OVERLAND PARK GOLF COURSE.

Click here for a list of Denver City Council members email addresses. Just copy and past into the To section of your email.

Your 20 seconds will make a HUGE difference for the fate of Overland Golf Course. Thank you!

ACTION ITEM:Come to Denver City Council on Monday July 24 at 5PM and watch City Council decide the fate of the Overland Park neighborhood. There will be a Courtsey Public Hearing on Overland Park Golf Course
Read article on Overland Park Golf Course controversey:
http://glendalecherrycreek.com/2017/06/mega-concerts-rip-apart-overland-park/

ACTION ITEM: Sign petition to save Overland Park Golf Course from ruin.

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Process for obtaining permits for events at Denver parks questioned

DENVER — After the denial of permits for Denver’s 420 Rally, questions are being raised about how permits are granted to organizations holding events in public parks.

Some people believe there should be a more vigorous public discussion before the city gives event organizers a green light.

The smattering of homes near the Overland Golf Course Park is usually a quiet neighborhood.

But it won’t be that way for several weeks in the fall of 2018 if the city approves a permit for a concert and art show that could temporarily shut down the course.

Helene Orr, who lives across the street said, “When you’re talking 50,000 to 70,000 people per day for three days your talking three weeks of major construction … and we’re talking stages that are two and three stories high. This is a major major thing happening.”

Orr said there was never a public notice that a company had applied to hold the event here.

“The city feels like they have the right to use or misuse for whatever they want to do. And combine with a neighborhood that doesn’t have a lot of lawyers and architects that live there to fight it,” she said.

“It’s not fair,” Tom Morris said.

Morris has been fighting to change the way the city of Denver approves permits for events at public parks.

“We need to have an organized expectable process where we’re guaranteed to be notified if there is going to be a change in the use of the park and time to think about it and opportunities to participate with public discussion,” Morris said.

The city’s Parks and Rec Department told us organizations currently only need to apply for a permit.

No public hearings are necessary.

That’s not good enough according to Morris.

“I have been asking to zone the parks because we apply zoning to every other scrap of land in the city and not our most valuable land which is these parks.”

The city has not yet approved the concert and show at Overland.

A parks spokesman said it wants to make sure the venue is ready to handle the noise, trash and parking.

Still, some who live here are worried there will be problems.

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