INC PARC discussed the forthcoming major music festival proposed for Overland Golf Course. It is strongly supported by the Mayor and his appointees. INC’s delegates opposition to Admission-based Events on public park land resolution was adopted January 2011 and a reminder of that was emailed again March 24, 2017 to Mayor Hancock, City Council, DPR’s Happy Haynes and Director of Office of Special Events. It was brought up at the PRAB meeting by Executive Director Happy Haynes that she had never heard that INC objects to using public park land for admission based events. There was a short discussion wondering if DPR believes that a DPR public golf course is not considered “park land?”
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This resolution passed with the INC delegation. If acted upon this purchase could provide additional park land for an area under served and also help to provide relief for other regional parks.
pop-up park starts in June on 21st Street between Larimer and Lawrence streets. This appears to be further evidence that Denver requires more parks and open space for their residents. This will be in cooperation with Down Town Denver.
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Most recently, in 2000 the two parties entered into an “Agency Agreement” that was intended to contain the entire agreement between them concerning Park Hill Golf Course (Para. 17). The agency agreement and it summary can be found at http://www.denverinc.org/clayton-agency-agreement/. It is a unique opportunity to acquire 155 acres of open space in a part of Denver lacking park space, and that is easily accessible by transit. He attended the last PRAB meeting to urge them to support. Cindy told of the four talking points about this project that should be conveyed in our press release.
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PARC was reminded that the portion of this meeting regarding a proposed large music festival at Overland Golf Course site was strictly to be focused on “process.” This appeared to mean both the current process OSE is going through to make a decision on permitting this event, and a more permanent process to follow for future situations like it. If a contract is signed it will be for a period of 5 years. A great amount of time and energy already has been expended in OSE meetings with numerous groups to garner input.
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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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Will you rally with us on February 14th and join the Vision Zero Coalition in urging Mayor Hancock to address the inherent dangers of unsafe speeds on our streets? If high-speed traffic through your neighborhood has you begging people to “drive chill”, or to drive like their children live there, or if you simply believe that no one should take their lives in their hands simply by trying to get around town, this is for you!
The Vision Zero Love-In will be a truly multi-modal event, with bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit riders meeting in front of Union Station at 11:00 am and traveling together to the steps of the City and County building. Mayor Hancock will address the crowd at noon, and the rally will culminate with the delivery to the Mayor of hand-signed Valentines from Denver residents declaring their love for safe streets and support for the Safe Speeds for Denver campaign
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Attorney Aaron Goldhamer described J. D. MacFarlane’s lawsuit vs the Mayor, DPR, Public Works, and others regarding the plan to construct a drainage system in City Park Golf Course, closing the historic Course for 18-24 months, questioning whether such construction is a Park Purpose, the lack of needed public vote for construction in a park, the apparent tie-in to 1-70 below-grade plan for flood protection for I-70, Stock Show area.
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