SUBJECT: Additional Information, Colorado Register Act Consultation, Two Basins Drainage, Platte to Park Hill Stormwater Systems Project, City Park Golf Course Redesign, City & County of Denver (CHS #70051).
Dear Ms. Hann,
We received your letter dated May 26, 2017 regarding the Platte to Park Hill project, and specifically the mitigation related to the adverse effect determination for the City Park Golf Course (5DV5310).
We agree that the mitigation items described in the letter were discussed in the meeting between CDOT, the City of Denver, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and our office on April 13, 2017. We can also confirm that we are comfortable with the mitigation proposed for the Brick-Lined Storm Sewer (5DV11280). However, we do not believe the letter captures the full scope or
intent of the other mitigation discussed.
Opponents say the expansion would displace at least 56 households and worsen local air quality. More than 80 percent of residents in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood are Latino, and a third of the residents live in poverty. Opponents of the highway expansion used those demographics in a lawsuit to stop the project, saying that poor and minority communities would be disproportionately impacted. In April Federal civil rights investigators found that CDOT’s plan would be less discriminatory toward Elyria-Swansea and Globeville, than any other option studied. Hear an interview with Candy CdeBaca
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?