How should we plan for growth in the citywide Blueprint Denver plan? Attend a workshop near you.
City planners have heard from thousands of Denverites about their priorities for how we grow as a city. Starting today, planners will host five Blueprint Denver workshops where residents can review and provide input on draft maps and potential future growth strategies. Discussion will cover creating new transit corridors, employment and residential hubs, and ensuring all residents have access to amenities, transportation, jobs, trail connections and quality open space. Residents will help identify ways of managing our population growth that are inclusive, equitable and honor the things we love most about our city.
WHEN & WHERE:
Wednesday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Maxwell Elementary School, 14390 Bolling Dr.
Southeast: Thursday, September 14 at 5:30 p.m.
University of Denver: Anderson Academic Commons, 2150 E Evans Ave.
Southwest: Tuesday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Doull Elementary, 2520 S. Utica St.
Northwest: Wednesday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Scheitler Rec Center, 5031 W 46th Ave.
Central: Thursday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m.
East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade
Denveright is a community-driven planning process that challenges you to shape how we want to evolve in four key areas: land use, mobility, parks, and recreational resources. Plans included in Denveright are: Blueprint Denver (land use and transportation); the Game Plan (parks and recreation); Denver Moves: Transit; and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails. Visit denvergov.org/denveright.
More than 150 people have signed up to speak before Denver City Council as the result of a monthly General Public Comment Session established last May. Because of the successful participation, Council members have added a second session each month.
Starting Sept. 18, public comment sessions will be held the first and third Mondays of each month. If there is no meeting on the first or third Monday, the session will be cancelled. The General Public Comment Session allows participants to address the Council on a topic not appearing on the agenda or scheduled for a public hearing.
How to sign up to speak:
When to sign up:
What is required:
The public comment sessions will begin at 5 p.m. and last 30 minutes. Council will hear as many speakers as possible during this time. Speakers are selected on a first-come, first-served basis. No sign-up by proxy will be accepted. Each speaker will get 3 minutes to speak.
September is already underway and #BeTheDifference is continuing their focus on mental health at school Whether in the classroom or out, it is critical for students, teachers and caregivers to take care of their mental health, especially during the stress of the school year.
Here’s how you can #BeTheDifference during the month of September:
REMINDER: Only three meetings remaining! Help define the future of Denver's trails and overall walkability
Do you enjoy walking and biking in Denver? Do you have ideas on how it can improve in your area?
As a part of Denveright and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails, the City and County of Denver invites you to attend a second round of public meetings to examine costs, funding options and policies needed to achieve the community’s vision for a walkable Denver and a world-class trail system.
DETAILS: Three meetings remaining – all from 5:30pm-7:00pm ( same time, same information):
A sign language interpreter will be provided upon request with a three business-day notice. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Spanish language interpretation provided at all public meetings. Se provee interpretación en español en todas las reuniones públicas. For more information please go to www.denvergov.org/denveright and click on the “Pedestrians & Trails” tab.
Te gusta a caminar y andar en bicicleta? Como parte de Denveright y Denver se Mueve: Peatones y Senderos (Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails), la Ciudad y Condado de Denver realizará una segunda ronda de reuniones públicas para conversar sobre proyectos prioritarios de mejoras peatonales y de senderos. Esta segunda ronda de reuniones públicas será una oportunidad para examinar costos, opciones de financiamiento y pólizas requeridas para lograr la visión de la comunidad de un Denver con mejor acceso peatonal y un sistema de caminos de calidad mundial.
DETAILLES: Hay tres reuniones más – cada uno 5:30pm-7:00pm (mismo tema, misma información)
Zero Waste Nerd Night
Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Beryl’s Beer Co
3120 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205
Ever wonder what happens to your recycling once it leaves your curb, or why you should NOT put a plastic bag into the recycling bin? Come grab a beer and ask our Zero Waste Nerds your recycling and composting questions.
Co-hosted by Eco-Cycle, the Sierra Club and Scraps Mile High.
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Be a Denver Eco-Leader! Join us for a Community Organizing Training
Tuesday, September 19, 6 - 8 pm
The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
Learn how the power of relationships can be a mechanism for achieving the change you wish to see. Does it bug you that Denver’s recycling rate is well below other peer cities like Fresno, CA, Austin, TX and Salt Lake City, UT? Want to do something about it? We’re organizing a campaign to make Denver a sustainability leader, and we want YOU to be a part of our leadership team! Join us to learn how you can make a direct impact in your community. Training is an hour and a half with a 30-minute happy hour networking session afterward.
Co-hosted by Eco-Cycle and the Sierra Club.
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Seven boards and commissions are listed below along with short descriptions. Each currently has vacancies needing to be filled. More information can be found at www.denvergov.org/boardsandcommissions
Did you know during the month of October, you can win great prizes, save money, and get recognition just for carpooling, taking the light rail/bus, riding a bike or even walking to work? That’s because “Go-Tober” is a month away! The DRCOG program encourages people to commute smarter year-round and find ways to travel to work other than driving alone. Last year, City employees who took the “Go-Tober” challenge saved an average of $45 and logged enough trips to get from Downtown Denver to Frisco almost 900 times! If you’re up for the challenge, register your company at http://waytogotober.org. The winners will be announced on November 1!
Project Homeless Connect is a free resource fair for homeless and at-risk individuals and families. During this one day event, on Tuesday, September 19, clients are able to access an array of services ranging from ID services, housing services, resume workshops, clothing banks, vision check and healthcare to veterans services, childcare, petcare and much more. They are expecting to see 1,000 clients at this year’s event and need nearly as many volunteers to make the day a success.
At the link below you can sign up for one of the shifts available throughout the day.
If you have never volunteered before, they recommend you take one of their trainings, however it is not mandatory. Trainings are listed in the link above.
New community input opportunity: The Denver Moves: Transit team has started to identify, evaluate, and prioritize where major transit capital investments (e.g., rail, bus rapid transit, new transfer facilities, etc.) could be in Denver. We need your input to help inform the final recommendations. Please share with your community the new online survey to tell us where they would like to see major transit investments and services in Denver. The transit plan team will also be back out in the community in August and September offering a number of in-person opportunities to provide input about transit corridors – information about where we’ll be is here and on the Denveright calendar.
Blueprint and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails are hosting workshops/public meetings in August and September – click on the links for more information: Blueprint(PDF), Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails
There will be 5 workshops this September for Denverights’ Blueprint Denver Plan. These workshops are focusing on mapping out the city, identifying the areas of growth and reviewing the feedback with the community that has been received thus far. Visit Denverights’ Blueprint Denver Plan website for more information.
Wednesday, September 13th at 5:30pm.
Maxwell Elementary School, 14390 Bolling Dr
Thursday, September 14th at 5:30pm
University of Denver: Anderson Academic Commons, 2150 E Evans Ave
Wednesday, September 20th at 5:30pm.
Scheitler Rec Center, 5031 W 46th Ave
Tuesday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Doull Elementary, 2520 S. Utica St.
Thursday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m.
East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade
We are quickly approaching the end of July, which means our school supply drive is coming to a close. As a reminder, donor drop-off hours for the GIVE Center begin this Friday, July 28 until Saturday, August 12. Please note the highlighted changes in the schedule below.
There will be 2 parking spots reserved for “GIVE Denver Donors,” behind the statue in the parking lot (see image below; look for the GIVE logo signs). If you are unable to drop off during the times listed, please contact me to schedule a time when staff are available to assist you.
For those who registered to “adopt” a student:
When delivering the school supplies to GIVE Denver, please mark the backpack with the student’s first name and case worker name. Call or email me if you would like me to resend your assigned child’s information.
Please note: If you have selected to give your donation directly to the child, it is your responsibility to contact the child’s guardian in order to make arrangements to meet in-person. GIVE Denver will do everything we can to pair a donor who wishes to meet their recipients with recipients who are able to meet their donors. It is not guaranteed that you will be paired with someone who can meet their donor or that your recipient will respond to your calls or emails. If you cannot meet your recipient one-on-one, please know that staff at DHS will ensure your donation goes to the intended recipient for you.
For those who want to make a monetary donation:
Let us do the shopping for you! Click here to donate or mail a check addressed to GIVE Denver (1200 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80204). All donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
If you or someone you know would like to assist with stuffing backpacks for our students, please contact me and we can arrange a time during one of our donor drop-off times in the GIVE Center.
For those making a general donation of school supplies:
Feel free to drop by the GIVE Center during any of the times above to drop off your donations, or any of the public drop-off locations listed at denvergov.org/GIVE. Below is a list of suggested donations to fill our general backpacks that will go to children served by Denver Human Services (students not sponsored through this drive). However, you are welcome to get creative!
Applications are now being accepted to fill one vacancy on the Denver County Cultural Council.
The cultural council is a board authorized by the State of Colorado, appointed by Denver City Council and managed by Denver Arts & Venues to distribute Scientific & Cultural Facilities District Tier III revenues to science and cultural organizations in Denver.
Application form and details.
City Council is seeking applicants with active community involvement at the neighborhood level and professional, volunteer or advocatory experience in an art, cultural, scientific or historical organization. Applicants should have a citywide perspective and be willing to commit at least 15 to 20 hours per month to the cultural council during the annual grant application review period, from March through June.
Applications are due by Monday, August 14.
The Denver County Cultural Council is comprised of 11 voting members. Three are ex-officio, representing citywide organizations, and eight are community representatives selected from interested applicants. The vacancy is for a 2-, 3-, or 4-year term, renewable for an additional term, up to a maximum of six years.
The application form and details are available at ArtsandVenues.com. For additional information, contact Denver Arts & Venues Director of Cultural Affairs Tariana Navas-Nieves at email@example.com or 720-865-5552.
Share the information in Spanish or English.
Participants will be able to:
Hosted by: Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore and Montbello 20/20
Where: Montbello Recreation Center, 15555 E. 53rd Ave., Denver CO 80239
When: Thursday August 10th, 6-7:30 pm
Download and share the flyer here.
The second public meeting of the Cherry Creek Area Implementation Plan will be held on Thursday, July 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 158 Fillmore Street on Fillmore Plaza, 4th Floor. Download the pdf announcement of the public meeting here.
The 4th Annual Seniors in September Educational & Resource Fair is scheduled for Friday, September 15, 9am-2pm at the Denver Botanic Gardens
This year, they are excited to partner with the Denver Botanic Gardens for ‘Senior Day’ at the Gardens where there will be access to over 60 vendors, workforce panel, aging in place breakout session and lunch. Please share with your neighbors the flyer and make sure they register.
Brought to you by: The Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission, Denver Immigrant & Refugee Commission, The Denver LGBTQ Commission, The Denver African American Commission, and The Denver Commission for People with Disabilities.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 1
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH (IN THE SANCTUARY) 1373 GRANT STREET
Do you have questions about Denver’s new “Hate Crime” legislation? Do you wonder what exactly is a hate crime and how do you report it? Have you been the victim of or witnessed a hate crime? Come share your questions and concerns in a safe and welcoming space.
KRISTIN BRONSON, DENVER CITY ATTORNEY
BETH MCCANN, DENVER DISTRICT ATTORNEY
BOB TROYER, ACTING US ATTORNEY
JASON MARSDEN, MATTHEW SHEPARD FOUNDATION
AND NEETI PAWAR, ATTORNEY, SOUTH ASIAN BAR ASSOCIATION
JEREMY SHAVER, ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE
Share the information in English and in Spanish.
For sign language interpreter or CART services, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For other disability accommodations, email: email@example.com
For language translation services, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Survey Link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/RestPeriodDPR
In order to help protect park resources and maintain balance between recreational use and public events, a rest period was implemented for the 2016 permit season in Denver's seven busiest parks. This pilot program was originally planned for April 1-October 31, 2016, but was extended to the same time period in 2017 in order to obtain meaningful feedback and determine any adjustments needed for 2018. Rest periods ranged from 2 to 4 weekend days per month (see this link for details). In addition, the 5th weekend in a month was not booked for public events (with exceptions for historical priority events), and no new events were booked on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.
Please take a few minutes to respond to the following questions, which should take approximately 5 minutes to complete, and share with your networks! Survey closes August 15th 2017.
For more information visit: www.denvergov.org/parkrules or www.denvergov.org/permits
If you have any questions on this survey, please contact email@example.com.
In response to the recent shooting that occurred near Kentucky and Alcott, the Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver (GRID) is hosting a barbeque at Athmar Park, across from the intersection of Kentucky and Alcott, from 5PM to 8PM TODAY, July 19. Faith partners from Athmar Park Church and Confluence Ministries will canvass the nearby area to invite community members to the park for dinner and prayer.
Additionally, GRID will activate a Safe Haven at Athmar Park Church to support community members who may have been directly or indirectly impacted by the incident. Refreshments and child care will be provided.
When: Thursday, July 20 and Friday, July 21, 3PM to 8PM.
Where: Athmar Park Church, 2707 W. Mississippi Ave
Please spread the information with your neighbors:
Flyer for the BBQ
Flyer for the BBQ in Spanish
Flyer for the Safe Haven
Flyer for the Safe Haven in Spanish
2017 GO Bond
Thank you so much for your huge response to my last call for action on the 2017 GO Bond List! Both the Jewell Bridge and $7 million for the Alameda Underpass are included in the current list. This is a direct result of your participation in the process. The bond list is now in front of City Council, and we will be voting on it over the next couple of weeks. Can you help make sure that these projects stay on the list? Do you have time to send a quick email to tell my colleagues how important these projects are?
Email all of City Council about your priorities.
Here is the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a public hearing on the 2017 GO Bond package in front of all of Council on August 7th, you can also sign up to speak during that hearing if you are interested. Learn more about how to sign up here.
You can download the entire list as of today here. To see a one page description of each project, download the summary here.
Proposed Music Festival at Overland Golf Course
The contract for the proposed music festival has been finalized and made public. You can review the entire contract here and the slides from the presentation about the contract here.
There will be a public hearing about this contract in front of City Council on Monday July 24th. If you would like to speak at the hearing you can learn more about how to sign up here.
Several years ago, four passionate and dedicated individuals got together and shared their vision for a state-of-the-art law enforcement museum in Denver. Their vision is becoming a reality as the Denver Police Museum board has entered into a contract to purchase a future home for the facility at 4700 Brighton Boulevard, across from the entrance to the future home of the National Western Center Stock Show.
The Denver Police Museum board has launched an aggressive fundraising strategy to secure the $350,000 needed to close the contract for purchase in late August. We are hosting events, doing a direct mail campaign to key community leaders, approaching foundations, and are seeking support from with several philanthropists. The key to the success of the campaign will come in the form of donations of $100 or more. No donation is too small. Please help us make this campaign a success by visiting the donation page on the Denver Police Museum website – Donate Now: Secure our Future Home.
Finally, if you or someone you know is able to donate $1,000 or more, we will list your name on the “Founders Wall” at the entrance to the museum. For more information, please call Mike Hesse, executive director, at 303-495-9718.
The 8th Annual Graffiti “Brush Off” & Little litter Cleanup is just around the corner on Saturday, September 23, 2017!
You are cordially invited to join us for this awesome opportunity to meet some great people, build community and beautify Denver. All supplies and lunch will be provided. Take The Challenge, pull up your bootstraps and help us make this best “Brush Off” ever!
We need lots of volunteers and more Team Leaders to help graffiti vandalism in the bud and beautify our great City! Individuals, groups, businesses and families are welcome to attend.
Register at: DenverGov.org/Graffiti or by calling 720-913-1311
The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) is conducting a series of town hall meetings to solicit feedback, comments and suggestions to help inform the direction of the department and priorities for the coming year.
Please register for a Planning Session near you!
The Active Living Coalition is working hard to collect surveys from neighbors in Athmar Park to find out what you love about the neighborhood and what your priorities are for improvements!
We want to hear from everyone, that’s why we are asking you to help us interview your neighbors for the survey during movie nights in Huston Lake Park and the Athmar Park picnic. No experience necessary, just bring a smile and your passion for helping your community! If you speak Spanish, you can help us collect surveys from our Spanish-speaking neighbors. There will be incentives for volunteers. All survey participants will be entered in a drawing for a gift card, compliments of local restaurant, Sobo151.
Don't worry, you'll be done volunteering by the time Secret Life of Pets begins. You'll get to meet your neighbors and help your community while you are waiting for the show to start!
Sign up at the link below to volunteer on July 21, August 12 or September 9 :
FREE event for Denver’s older adults at the Washington Park Boathouse. A live band, photo booth, food and dancing.
WHEN: August 18, 2017 | 7:00 PM – 10:00PM
WHERE: Washington Park Boathouse | 701 S Franklin St, Denver 80209
Transportation is available from Montclair Recreation Center, Hiawatha Davis Recreation Center, Barnum Recreation Center, and Scheitler Recreation Center.
Reservations for transportation (limited spaces available) are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please call 720-856-0600 for more information or to make a reservation for transportation.
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