Update on Dustin Redd Playground in City Park from Parks and Rec

In 2014, we invested approximately $40,000 to replace all poured-in-place surfaces at the playground, as well as a slide and missing swings. We also repaired all of the rope climbers, added 30 yards of wood fibar surface, sanded and stained all the wood surfaces, and painted all of the remaining surfaces purple.

· In the coming month, we will be doing additional maintenance at the playground in preparation for a volunteer project on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The project is the Starbucks Day of Service, which includes approximately 200 employees from local Starbucks stores. They will be focused specifically on City Park with some of their work including projects at the Dustin Redd Playground.

In addition to the playground, we have other projects that will soon get started in City Park, including the restoration of the Deboer Waterway, Prismatic Fountain and the Sullivan Gateway. These projects will start this spring/summer and carry through next year.

Variance hearing for the the Rec. Center

Variance hearing for the the Rec. Center at the corner of Colfax and Josephine across from East High School is set for 11:00am on 4/7/15 at the Webb Building room 2, H, 14.
Proposed Site Plan
By Aaron Goldhamer
    Here is some of the information concerning the City’s requested variance within existing C-MS-8 zoning for the Central Denver Recreation Center I mentioned today at our meeting. I’ve attached the zoning appeal, as well as a graphic presented at a Stakeholders meeting on 1/7/15 with a presentation from Brad Buchanan which shows a “Potential Future Development” area (last page of the file, note somewhat different parking arrangement). The hearing on the variance is at 11 AM on 4/7/15 in the Webb Building, room 2.H.14. Letters in support due by March 24th to brett.hahnenkamp@denvergov.org, opposition should contact the City Board of Adjustment at 720.913.3050
    As I mentioned, I think the variance makes sense to maximize the available space on the site. What that space may be used for, however, may be hotly contested.

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Denver Zoo Master Plan Online Module Now Open!!!

Dear Neighbors,

We hope you and members of your neighborhood will join Denver Zoo online as we share the Zoo’s draft plan for facility improvements. As a leader in our community we want your help in gathering input on your thoughts and needs related to the projects. Please distribute this information and link to those in your neighborhoods.

Please click on this link http://denverzoo.engagingplans.org/ or enter the web address in your browser. Those who participate will have a chance to win great prizes! (more…)

Audio Meet & Greet – District 10 Candidates

On Feb 18 2015 Congress Park Neighbors hosted a District 10 Candidate “Meet and Greet”

Moderator Lisa Bingham:
Lisa is a sustainability professional with over ten years of experience. She is currently the Program Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where she develops educational programs on land use issues. Despite being surrounded by lawyers and aspiring lawyers, Lisa does not have a legal background. She earned a degree in triple bottom line sustainability: an MBA in real estate and sustainability, and an MS in environmental sociology. Lisa is originally from Maine by way of Boston, but has been in Colorado for over 10 years.

The candidates speaking order was determined by a random draw.

They are:

Wayne New, Travis Lieker, Chris Chiari, Anna Jones, Chris Wedor

Please select the arrow below to listen to the audio transcript of the candidates reply to questions from  Congress Park Neighbors and the audience

The following questions were sent to the candidate prior to the meeting.

Question #1 (4 min. ea.)
In 1995 the Congress Park Neighborhood Plan was adopted and implemented by the City of Denver and neighborhood residents. In the last few years it has been widely reported the Denver is experiencing rapid growth and in a recent neighborhood survey our residents have expressed concerns about future impacts of density, development, small business, transportation and zoning.
What do you see as the greatest threat to our neighborhood stability within the context of our Congress Park Neighborhood Plan?

Question #2 (2 min. ea.)
Congress Park Neighbors would seek to have better access, increased availability and advocacy from our council member.
How would you be able to provide that?

Question #3 (2 min. ea.)
In looking at issues in front of City Council currently. Please address one important topic and strategies you might employ in the resolution?

Question #4 (1 min. ea.)
Moderator to ask one follow up question based on candidates responses.