Three Things You Can Do! It’s Not A Done Deal
Dear CPFAN Friends andÂ 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.Â
IT IS NOT A DONE DEAL!!!! Â WE CAN DO IT.
STOP DESTRUCTIONÂ Â of 261 BIG TREES INÂ CPGC
CANDLEÂ LIGHT VIGIL AND PROCESSION
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 6:00Â – 7:00PM
WHERE:Â CITY PARK GOLF COURSE, In front of Bogey’s at the Club House,Â 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. Â Speak Up! E MAIL DENVERÂ CITY COUNCIL.Â
Take just one minute and make a difference.
Copy and paste the following letter into an email with your own comments andÂ 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!Â
(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 parksÂ 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),Â Overland Park Golf CourseÂ and potentially for future parksÂ 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 backÂ to the management of Denver parks. Change the Denver Zoning Code, now.
Denver’s openÂ spaces and matureÂ tree canopy must be preserved as irreplaceable infrastructure that willÂ Â protect and provide for our our families and our community as global warming brings heat, drought,Â more extreme weather and more dirty air to Denver.Â Short sighted, cavalier use of this valuable land for development and outdatedÂ 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.Â
Thank you for your consideration.
( YOUR NAME)
Copy and past the following addresses into your Â “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)
CPFANÂ MEMBERÂ AND FRIEND, MICHELE SWENSON AND BECKY ENGLISH
As many of you have heard, the law suit that was brought,Â pro bono, by Attorney Aaron Goldhamer, against Denver, toÂ halt the destruction of City Park Golf Course, was defeated.
Judge David H. Goldberg(Decision here.)Â ruledÂ that Denver’s plan for CPGC Â could be a thinly veiled support forÂ Highway I-70 expansion, that it would be destructive to theÂ historic course and it would not be beneficial for the neighborhoods.
But, theÂ decision said that theÂ Denver Zoning Code that was adopted in 2010, gave him no choice.
In 2010 the City Council voted, through the Denver Zoning Code, Â to give complete control of Denver Parks to the Manager of Denver Parks andÂ Recreation, now Happy Haynes, a political appointee ofÂ Mayor Hancock. There is no process in place to review herÂ decisions and there is,Â apparently,Â no recourse.(Â See CPFAN’s Press release here.).
Ex CityÂ Councilwoman, CathyÂ Donohue, wrote anÂ eloquent pieceÂ explaining the downside of the proposedÂ change, in 2009:
“Currently, the Manager of Parks only has jurisdiction over the uses of facilities in our parksâ€”not
land use changes or initial development. This new â€œdeciderâ€ 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 beÂ changed. On Saturday, October 29th the Zoning andÂ Planning Committee (ZAP) ofÂ Inter-NeighborhoodÂ Coopertion ( INC) passed aÂ resolution asking the Denver City Council to take back control over Denver parks. It passed easily as the damage done by MayorÂ Hancock to our parks is soÂ evident. The successful resolution was drafted by CPFAN memberÂ Nancy Francis.
ACTION: The full house of delegates of INC will vote on theÂ resolution on Saturday, November 11, 2017, 8:30 AM, at the Willis Case Golf Course,Â 4999 Vrain St, Denver, CO 80212.
Come and support this important Resolution.
CPFAN is anÂ advocate and a voice for Denver parks and for the health and safety of our community.
Let your voice be heard. We areÂ listening.
Join CPFAN and stay connected to what’sÂ Â happeningÂ in Denver.
Don’t just complain.Â 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 andÂ Procession at CPGC.
City ParkÂ Friends And Neighbors