Legal floodgate expands to protect public parks

Joe Boven, an active participant in the unfolding event, explains, “These citizens are deeply concerned about the proposed use of City Park Golf Course — which is designated parkland entitled to protection under Denver’s Charter — for purposes both contrary to the public good and park purposes.” They are further concerned that the city has hidden its intention to use a recent stormwater drainage fee increase to fund the Platte to Park Hill drainage system. That system proposes construction of a multi-acre stormwater detention facility in the Golf Course to ease drainage concerns and reduce Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) expenditures for “The Ditch.”

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Game Plan Open House

The Game Plan (Denver Parks and Recreation’s visioning plan), as part of the Denveright initiative (www.denvergov.org/denveright) needs public input! We are at an exciting phase of the Game Plan as we are now looking forward to the future of Denver Parks and Recreation. Building off the previous community feedback, analysis of the existing system and national trends, we will focus on the completed analysis and preview draft opportunities for the future at these meetings. Each meeting will have Spanish interpretation available.

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Before and After Globeville Landing Park

As stated in previous correspondence, we are concerned about the proposed transformation of Globeville Landing Park from its existing conditions to a major detention and conveyance area without full discussion with the community.

The process and proposed utilization of the park is unacceptable. As we discussed, a community meeting in January is essential. Please propose date, time, place for that meeting.
We expect that in addition to your presence, public works, storm drainage, parks and NDCC will be present.
Set forth below are particular issues that must be addressed at the community meeting:

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INC PARC Meeting Notes Feb 21 2017

As a follow-up from PARC’s January meeting, Cindy and Maggie presented and distributed copies of Tom Morris’s proposed Amendment to the zoning ordinance regarding Park use and responsibility. Tom has reached out to all council members and has met with most except Paul Lopez, Robin Kneich and Stacey Gilmore who did not accept his invitation to talk. His amendment assigns the responsibility to create park OS-A subdistricts and park zoning maps to the Department of Parks and Recreation.

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First set of Discover Requests for the City Park Golf Course lawsuit:

PLAINTIFF’S FIRST SET OF DISCOVERY REQUESTS
Plaintiff, John D. MacFarlane, by and through undersigned counsel, and pursuant to C.R.C.P. 26, 33, 34, and 36, requests the following discovery from Defendants:
DEFINITIONS
1. The term “City” refers to defendant the City and County of Denver.
2. The term “CDOT” refers to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
3. The term “Golf Course” refers to City Park Golf Course.
SERVED ONLY: February 20, 2017 11:46 PM
FILING ID: 66E680DB82F17
CASE NUMBER: 2016CV321262

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Consuming alcohol and marijuana in Denver businesses could be council decision

The Denver group tasked with shaping how Initiative 300 should roll out might want to leave one issue to city regulators and elected officials: Should business patrons be able to consume cannabis and alcohol under the same roof?

The Social Consumption Advisory Committee wrestled with that question Wednesday during its third meeting on suggested rules for social cannabis consumption permit seekers. The choice on whether people can dual consume in businesses might ultimately be made by elected officials.

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