We have just four weeks to go to the trial, where our attorneys will demonstrate to the Court that not only the golfers who play 50,000 rounds of golf a year at CPGC, but thousands of other Denverites will be deprived of use of CPGC for ANY park purpose during this extended stormwater project chosen as construction support for the I70 expansion. Our lawyers will also show that— contrary to all the fancy PR coming from Denver — this project was not chosen to “improve” the Golf Course, and in fact will destroy the historic landscape design that earned the Golf Course its place on the National Register of Historic Places.
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The suit takes specific aim at the agreement Denver reached with CDOT in 2015 that put local taxpayers on the hook for a project to funnel stormwater away from the 40-foot ditch the agency plans to dig to widen the freeway. The FHWA approved an EIS that did not account for the flood protection project, and the lawsuit aims to “show that both the City of Denver and CDOT intentionally hid the connection between the Platte to Park Hill Drainage Project and the Central I-70 project,” according to a press release.
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Do our city Fathers want to sacrifice our beautiful, historic ,public open space, City Park Golf Course(CPGC) , a perfect, natural storm water mitigation system….. to install an old fashioned, industrial sump to collect and hold toxic storm water and trash for up to 8 hours? That polluted water will have travelled over almost 10 miles of filthy urban hardscape.. before it gets to CPGC and then it will rush out to an open, 1 mile long ditch in the Cole neighborhood, then out to the Globeville outfall and into the already polluted , South Platte River. Does that sound like a good plan for Denver’s future? Shouldn’t we have a plan to conserve precious rain water in the ground where it would be cleaned naturally and stored for our future use in aquifers?
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“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.
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PRESS RELEASE: CITY PARK FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS (RNO) CPFAN Contacts: Maria Flora 303.345.7811 / Bridget Walsh 720.440.3562 Government Secrecy Largely Prevails in MacFarlane et al v. Denver Fight Continues to Save Historic City Park Golf Course (CPGC) While Richard Nixon could not assert an “executive privilege” to prevent the public from knowing the truth behind Watergate, the City of Denver, is using “deliberative process privilege” to withhold information in City Park Golf Course law suit. On June 5, 2017, the Denver District Court heard arguments regarding the City’s assertion that 220 documents (7,400 pages) should be protected by the
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