Notes from INC PARC November 15, 2016

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INC PARC met Nov. 15. at 2020 S. Monroe. Present were co-chairs Cindy Johnstone and Maggie Price, Katie Fisher, Diana Helper, Marlene Johnson, Larry Ambrose, Myles Tangalin, Amber Clark and Dee Turner. Scheduled speaker Tim O’Brien was ill, will be rescheduled.
There were thus nine speakers, as all present had a good deal to say. Katie reported on PRAB, where she is “the citizen” who attends regularly. The new Parks Designation Policy was presented.

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INC PARC NOTES OCTOBER 17 2016 MEETING

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Their slide presentation covered Effects of climate change – planning now and for the future of extreme heat predictions. It dealt with mitigation and adaption, the special concern of Denver’s “urban heat island effect”. Contributing to the urban heat island effect for Denver is being surrounded by higher land and tall buildings, more extreme weather, less snowpack and early melting, and high CO2 emissions affecting climate change. Reducing Denver’s CO2 level is something that can be address and Mayor Hancock asked Environmental Health to developed a plan to reach 80% reduction of CO2 by 2050 in Denver.

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INC PARC Notes September 20, 2016

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PARC discussed issues for DPR in updating the Game Plan as part of DenveRight, now being planned by the city. All are urged to attend the Community Visioning Workshops October 4 and 5 to voice comments, and take the survey at denveright.org. Cindy will pass along PARC comments which include:

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INC PARC Meeting Notes July 19, 2016

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Kimberly demonstrated a pollinator hotel that can easily be built and can provide shelter for different kinds of pollinators. One of the main ways to work with City parks is to have the City pass a resolution saying that they will not use chemicals on the parks and parkways.

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INC PARC Meeting Notes June 21, 2016

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The final comment from the INC Park members was not having all the details that are yet to be developed and be able to review them for the policy implementation made it difficult to fully support the draft. An example is details about park capacity for events per location within the park. Many factors are considered for park event capacity—parking, public transportation, type of park and other considerations. The committee members supported the idea of creating a consistent policy for rules and regulations to be used for public events in the parks. The completed Rules and Regs must be done by Aug. 10 to present at PRAB.

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INC PARC NOTES for MAY 17 2016 meeting

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They (Parks and Recs) are under time constraints to have all complete by August, DPR needs public input. Park facility-rentals for 2017 are granted beginning October ’16. PARC input included using 2016 rules in 2017 to provide time to get this completed properly. Because Denver’s population is growing much faster than its ability to open new parks to accommodate so many people, there are more requests for park use than can be filled, which must be explained to the public.

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INC PARC Meeting Notes April 19, 2016

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Katie reported on the recent PRAB (Parks/Rec Advisory Board) meeting where portions of two parks were voted to be re-named in honor of citizens who have worked diligently to improve and maintain them. The two parks are Ruth Lucille Dreiling Park .. section of Weir Gulch and M.L. Sam Sandos Park part of Barnum North park. Identifying markers will be placed when funds are raised. PRAB planned to vote on the City Park Golf Course flood-control matter, and was upset to be told that although DPR acknowledged that notification and public input were missing, it stated these were not necessary, and the project is going ahead.

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INC PARC Notes March 15 2016

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Brad received a request from DPR’s Scott Gilmore that PARC support the city planning office’s wish to rezone open areas adjacent to Lakewood / Dry Gulch Park. After discussion, Cindy and Maggie stated they will send a letter of support as co-chairs of PARC. Brad reports the Park Designation Committee is continuing, with 7 more parks to be designated studied in April. S. Platte River Dr. will be vacated, so Overland Pond and Aqua Golf Parks cannot be designated at this time, but presumably will be in the near future. Three other undesignated sites along the S. Platte may be looked at. READ MORE

INC PARC Minutes Feb 16, 2016

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NC PARC met Feb. 16 2016 at 6 p.m. at Brookdale, 2020 S. Monroe St. Present were: co-chairs Maggie Price and Cindy Johnstone; Diana Helper, Kathleen and Jay Rust, Ronnie Crawford, Ray Ehrenstein, James Sample, Marlene Johnson, Katie and Steve Fisher, Greg Sorenson, Kathleen Wells, Sonia John, Brad Cameron, Louis Plachowski, George Mayl, John Joseph Niemann, Kim Morse, Jim Considine, Paul Brown, Mary Sharp, Darcy Wilson, Nancy Francis, guest speaker Happy Haynes, DPR Executive Director

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Notes from INC PARC Meeting Jan 19, 2016

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Katie reported on the recent PRAB (Parks/Rec Advisory Board) meeting, of which Jay is now a member. Topics included Paco Sanchez Park, two Basin projects, flood planes, Cole neighborhood impact, the gulch projects.

City Planner Mark Bernstein of “The Outdoor Downtown,” sponsored by DPR and Downtown Denver Partnership, presented a slide talk. READ MORE

NOTES FROM INC PARC MEETING NOV. 17, 2015

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Ginger White distributed copies of “The Next Stage: The Future of Denver’s Performing Arts Complex” and discussed plans to remodel the present park area along Speer Blvd. The city believes to stay competitive it needs an informal “arts active” park to suit modern taste. The plan calls for the sculptures to be relocated, land reconfigured into a “neighborhood” area with a playground and dog run spaces, and a “festival” area with indoor and outdoor performance spaces, a café, video wall, pavilion, etc. A fresh market and Arts High school, Cycle and Crossfit, Creative Industries, and Commercial Tower are proposed READ MORE