News Letter June 2017

Councilman Wayne New  |  District 10
1437 Bannock Street, Office Room 493, Denver, Colorado 80202
720-337-7710  |  Wayne.New@denvergov.org
Legislative Aide: Melissa Horn
Executive AssistantEllen Becker
In May, Councilman New, together with Denver Botanic Gardens’ CEO Brian Vogt, hosted Mayor Michael Hancock’s Spring 2017 Cabinet in the Community at the Gardens. It was a successful event where over 150 community members and neighbors had the chance to hear from the Mayor and speak directly with him and various city department heads and staff. Thanks to the Mayor and his team for such an interactive, well organized event for all District 10 residents. A special appreciation must be given to the Botanic Gardens for hosting the event and allowing attendees to visit its beautiful gardens and the Alexander Calder Sculpture Exhibit. Thanks to everyone for the excellent turn-out! 
District 10 Operating Budget Requests
On Friday, May 19 the second annual District 10 operating budget meeting was held with the city Budget & Management Office, six neighborhoods and six business community groups. This meeting gave leaders the opportunity to address their needs directly with the City Budget Department and appropriate City Department staff. The requests that were submitted by each participant described well their 2018 operating budget and long term community capital improvement needs that included supplemental information and images.
 
For the 12 neighborhood and business groups, 28 individual neighborhood and business capital improvement requests for the 2018 operating budget were submitted, totaling between $7- $10 million. Nine long range funding requests in a range of $43 to $58 million were discussed for consideration.
 
Requests for 2018 budget consideration focused on the following needs:
  1. Pedestrian improvements including crosswalks and lighting
  2. Neighborhood traffic mitigation
  3. Police presence, speed signs and HALO security cameras
  4. Park improvements and ranger presence
  5. Trail and bridge improvements for the Cherry Creek
  6. Alley maintenance
  7. Repairs to the Tears McFarlane house / community center
  8. Trash containers and clean-up support
Long range needs included 1st Avenue & Steele intersection redesign; 1st Avenue complete street (providing safe access for pedestrians, bicycles, transit and vehicles); Harrison Street redevelopment challenges; Cherry Creek East design guidelines; and the Bayaud Outfall stormwater improvements.
 
The GO Bond capital improvement budget limitations mean utilization of operating budget funding is critical to support community needs and improvements. District 10 leaders and community members appreciate the willingness of the city to make this collaborative budget communication process possible. I especially want to thank Brendan Hanlon (City CFO), Stephanie Adams (Budget Director), and representatives from Public Works, Traffic Engineering, Denver Police, Community Planning and Development, Parks and Recreation, Human Services and the Office of Economic Development for their participation and discussions of key community issues with the presenters.
 
The meeting was a wonderful opportunity for neighborhood and business leaders to discuss their community and neighborhood needs with our City budget and department leaders.
Denveright
In 2016, Denver initiated a strategic planning processes that is addressing four essential city responsibilities – Blueprint Denver (land use); Parks; Transit; and Pedestrians & Trails. In a presentation to City Council, the first projections on future city and regional growth were illustrated by one of the diagrams listed below. Population estimates from the State Demography Office indicated an increase in Denver from 682,500 residents in 2015 to 812,000 residents in 2040 and an increase in the region from 3,181,000 in 2015 to 4,355,000 residents in 2040. In addition to the significant growth, the population distribution in the region, including Denver, would change. The percentage of the regional population associated with Denver would decline from 21% to 19%.
To explain the shift in population more to outside of Denver, the Planning staff listed the following reasons that may influence this shift:
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • High Land Prices
  • Need for City-wide Transportation Plan
  • Increase in Capital Improvement Funding
  • Improved Workforce Development
2017 GO Bond Update
 

The ten year GO Bond capital improvement process is being completed, with $750 million in requests being submitted to the Mayor by the GO Bond Executive Committee and its five task forces. With the complete request list totaling $3.6 billion it is a difficult process to prioritize the most needed requests for funding. Discussions are underway between the Mayor and City Council to allow funding for additional community improvement needs. The final list of recommendations should be completed in July and will be communicated to residents for their review and support in the November General Election. Thanks to all residents who participated in the GO Bond process and its town hall meeting.

 
Examples of capital improvements that may be included in the final list are: Denver Art Museum expansion; Denver Public Library expansion; the first segment of bus rapid transit for Colfax; new Westwood Recreation Center; new District 5 and 6 Police Stations; neighborhood park improvements; and sidewalk funding. The most widely discussed issue has been the significant amount of deferred maintenance that has not been funded, which has reached a total of approximately $800 million. The new GO Bond capital improvement list will likely have a combination of new capital improvements and deferred maintenance.
 
Denver Vision Zero Map-based Survey

Denver has committed to eliminating traffic deaths. Every person matters and traffic fatalities are preventable. As a part of this mission, Denver would like your feedback regarding the locations of streets, sidewalks, intersections, and all transportation points that should receive attention in the City.

Click here to show us the places that concern you or the places that you think are good examples for transportation and safety.

Cheesman Park Rose Garden Volunteers Needed
The Cheesman Park Advocacy Group is coordinating summer volunteers to help care for the beautiful rose gardens in the north and south areas surrounding the Cheesman Pavilion. Each volunteer would have a designated bed section to deadhead and weed from now until October. Tools and instructions will be provided.
No experience is necessary. If you are interested in maintaining the beauty of the park and meeting more neighbors, please send an email to Cheesman Park Advocacy Group at CPAG@CheesmanPark.org. You will be surprised at how many neighbors will thank you for volunteering your support.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Come enjoy the Cherry Creek Arts Festival (CCAF) for the three days of July 1 through 3 as this nationally renowned arts festival showcases extraordinary art to residents and visitors. This weekend event is a world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts. It is an opportunity for residents to meet and talk with international juried visual artists; sample fine cuisine; enjoy live musical performances and artist demonstrations; and entertain their families with interactive “ARTivities.”

For more information visit cherrycreekartsfestival.org. 

 
Art-i-fax: Reflections
Join the Colfax Ave Business Improvement District (CBID) on August 12 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for the 2nd Annual Art-i-fax Street Party! Help celebrate Colfax through visual and performance art and enjoy local music, food, and drinks with your neighbors. Pay homage to the people and events that got Colfax to where we are, while also reflecting upon what kind of Colfax community we want to help create for the future.
 
This year, Art-i-fax will be held at the intersection of Park Avenue and Colfax with the section of Park Avenue from Colfax to Humboldt being closed for the event. This specific location is inspired by the Colfax BID Streetscape Plan and will be part celebration and part demonstration to help the community experience and visualize the space as a future plaza. The street party will incorporate some aspects and programming that could take place if the space were eventually turned into a public plaza. The CBID wants to walk away from the event with a clear vision of what the community wants to see in a space like this, so they need your feedback!
Final Friday Art Walks
The Golden Triangle Creative District (“the Triangle”) is thrilled to announce a new event series: Final Friday Art Walks! From 5 – 9 pm each month, Final Fridays will give visitors, employees, and residents an after-hours opportunity to explore the many creative spaces in the neighborhood. Final Fridays aim to provide an accessible and fun way for visitors to engage with the quirky, cool, and sophisticated art that defines this eclectic neighborhood.
 
Uber and the Golden Triangle Creative District are partnering to offer visitors a sweet deal for Final Fridays! Use the code GTFINALFRIDAY to get 30% off two trips, up to $5 each, good between 4 -11:55 pm on all Final Fridays, only the in the Golden Triangle! Spread the word!
 
Remember – CHANGE the date! First Fridays are out, Final Fridays are in.

  

Denver Days 2017

Denver Days was started five years ago to encourage people to get to know their neighbors and feel safer and more connected to their communities. This year’s Denver Days will take place from August 5 through the 13! Neighborhoods can host block parties with the city paying for the barricades, waiving park permit fees for picnics, and / or helping organize service projects.

To learn more or to register, visit www.denvergov.org/denverdays! 

Cherry Creek South Drive Construction Update
Work on the final phase of the street construction project along Cherry Creek Drive South is well underway with an anticipated completion date in late October or early November. The removal of all the concrete through the project limits is now complete, as is the removal of the asphalt in the Cherry Creek Tower parking lot. Work on the landscaping water line and storm pipe utility has begun as well as construction on the new retaining walls at Cherry Creek Tower. Crews are prepping for concrete installation that will begin in July. A new traffic light will be installed at the Cherry Creek Drive South and Alameda intersection. Discussions continue with traffic engineering and pedestrian mobility on pedestrian crosswalks, reduced speed limits, and other traffic improvements.
 
Summer Safety Tips
The Denver Police Department has the following vehicle safety tips to keep you and your belongings safe.
  • Don’t leave cell phones, purses, bags, or valuables in your car.
  • Remove cash and change from your car, including your ashtray.
  • Do not leave your car running and unattended.
  • Lock your car and take your keys with you (and don’t hide a second set of keys inside or on your car).
  • Park your car in highly visible and well-lit areas.
  • Consider investing in an alarm system if you have expensive stereo or video equipment inside your car.
  • Remove garage door openers from your car after parking.
  • Practice these principals even when you are parked at home.
Police District Contact Information and Advisory Meetings
The Denver Police Department has three police districts within portions of the boundaries of our District as follows: 
Station
Commander
Phone #
Meetings
Boundaries (Approx.)
Commander Michael Calo 720-913-1000 First Thursday, Bi-Monthly E of York, N of 6th
Commander Magen Dodge 720-913-1300 First Monday, Monthly  S of 6th
Commander Ronald Saunier  720-913-2800 Contact District 6 W of York, N of 6th
Upcoming Events
Wildlife Photography Exhibit: Western History Gallery
Current – July 30
Denver Public Library
www.denverlibrary.org
The Western:
An Epic in Art and Film

Current – Sept. 10

Denver Art Museum
www.denverartmuseum.org 
Sculpture by Alexander Calder 

Current – Sept. 24

Botanic Gardens (York St)
www.botanicgardens.org 
Matters on Paper

Current – Sept. 2 

Sandra Phillips Gallery
Golden Triangle
www.thesandraphillipsgallery.com
Human / Nature
Current – Sept. 2
Walker Fine Art
Golden Triangle 

www.walkerfineart.com

City Council Open Mic
Residents Can Speak to Council 

July 10 at 5pm

City & County Building

Artists Select – Roni Horn

July 21 – Sept. 24

Clifford Still Museum
www.clyffordstillmuseum.org
City Council Open Mic
Residents Can Speak to Council 

August 7 at 5pm

City & County Building
www.denvergov.org

“Appropriate”  

Aug. 31 – Oct. 14

Curious Theatre
www.curioustheatre.org 
Community Organizations
Neighborhood / Business Organizations
Website / Email Address
Alamo Placita Neighbors www.alamoplacita.org
Bluebird Business Improvement District www.bluebirdbeat.com
Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods (CHUN) www.chundenver.org/
Cheesman Park Advocacy Group
Cherry Creek Area Business Alliance
Cherry Creek East Association www.cherrycreekeast.org
Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce www.cherrycreekchamber.org
Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District www.cherrycreeknorth.com
Cherry Creek North Neighborhood Association www.ccnneighbors.com
Cherry Creek Steering Committee
City Park Friends and Neighbors www.cpfan.org
Colfax Business Improvement District www.colfaxave.com
Colfax on the Hill www.colfaxonthehill.com
Congress Park Neighbors www.congressparkneighbors.org
Country Club Historic Neighborhood Association www.countryclubhistoric.org
Cultural Arts Residential Organization
East Cheesman Neighbors Association
Golden Triangle Partnership
Miller Park Neighborhood Association trmdenver@comcast.net
Seventh Avenue Neighborhood Association
Stokes Place – Green Bowers Neighborhood ccbalkcom@gmail.com
Swallow Hill Neighborhood Association bobhampe@gmail.com
Transportation Solutions Foundation
Unsinkables unsinkablesindenver@gmail.com
Uptown on the Hill uptowndenver.org

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