“In the process, there will be a drainage ditch put in here on the west side of the park,” says LaMone Noles, President of City Park Friends and Neighbors.
She joins those opposed to the I-70 project with those behind the push to “Save City Park Golf Course.”
“My biggest concern is the ditch is in violation of the city charter which protects public parks in the city and county of Denver,” says Noles.
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 Colorado Department of Transportation’s plan to push more cars through the mostly Latino, low-income neighborhoods of Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea, requires digging a 40-foot ditch. To protect that ditch from flooding, the Hancock administration and Denver City Council made a deal with CDOT: They put Denver taxpayers on the hook for widening I-70 in exchange for flood protection work.