Discover Denver, a project to identify historic and architecturally significant structures citywide, begins work along South Broadway this month. The survey is gathering information about all Denver buildings using public records, neighborhood canvassing, academic research, and tips from the public. Findings from the survey will later be accessible online so that everyone can learn about Denver’s past — building by building.
Historic Denver, Inc. and the City and County of Denver lead this project, funded mainly by a Colorado State Historical Fund grant.
As a part of its efforts this summer, the project will hold a Discovery Day event on August 25th from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Emerson School, at 1420 Ogden St. Residents are invited to bring historical information, old photographs, and memories to share with Discover Denver. Volunteers will be on hand to scan documents and photos, and to capture stories.
Denver joins other major cities, including Los Angeles and Phoenix, that are conducting building surveys. Project benefits include:
Over the next few months, residents and business owners will experience minimal – if any – impact from volunteer surveyors working along South Broadway between 1st Avenue and Alameda. Survey volunteers observe a property from the public street or sidewalk, taking notes on its physical integrity (whether or not the building retains its historic features). Volunteers will have project-specific identification and should identify themselves to you if asked. No one associated with Discover Denver will enter or access your property without your permission.
Community input is key to the success of the project! Tell us your stories and learn more about the project at www.DiscoverDenver.CO.
Notice is hereby given that the Department of Parks and Recreation for the City & County of Denver has proposed revisions to the Alcohol Policy as of June 15, 2018. The intent of the proposed revisions is to simplify the policy, provide more clarity to permit holders and park users, and add consistency for permitted events. In addition, the proposed revisions are intended to allow for the public consumption of wine and beer in Denver parks, to address the change in state law effective January 2019. This revision will sunset at the end of 2019, in order to review potential effects.
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will hear public comments on this revised policy on July 11, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the regular meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, held at the Wellington Webb Municipal Building, located at 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 4.F.6. A copy of the Alcohol Policy, as modified, is on file with the Manager of Parks and Recreation and accessible through the Denver Parks and Recreation website.
The Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs (DCCA) is now seeking candidates for seven open commission positions to oversee the 1% for public art program, serve as trustees of Denver’s cultural plan - IMAGINE 2020, advise on arts and cultural issues, and act as ambassadors to the community.
The DCCA was established in 1991 to support the mayor’s office and act as an advisory board to Denver Arts & Venues.
“Our Cultural Affairs Commissioners are the trustees and advocates of Denver’s cultural plan and the Denver Public Art program, ensuring that our city’s cultural ecosystem is healthy and thriving.” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “Arts and culture belongs to all of us, and we’re looking for individuals who will help us keep these phenomenal programs strong and beneficial to our community.”
The commission is comprised of dynamic and accomplished Denver leaders in the areas of the arts, business and education, all of whom are appointed by the mayor.
Interested applicants should complete the online application form and send a resume and responses to the supplemental questionnaire by noon on Friday, June 22 to Nicole Medina at Nicole.Medina2@denvergov.org.
The DCCA seeks candidates who represent Denver’s diverse community, and is specifically looking for leaders with experience and background working in:
The Mayor appoints commissioners for one- or three-year terms and can serve up to six consecutive years. The commission meets monthly the first Tuesday of each month from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at various cultural organizations across the city. Additional information regarding Denver Arts & Venues and the commission can be found at ArtsandVenues.com.
About Denver Arts & Venues
Denver Arts & Venues’ mission is to amplify Denver’s quality of life and economic vitality through premier public venues, arts and entertainment opportunities. Arts & Venues is the City and County of Denver agency responsible for operating some of the region’s most renowned facilities, including Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado Convention Center, Denver Coliseum and McNichols Civic Center Building. Arts & Venues also oversees the Denver Public Art Program, Create Denver, SCFD Tier III granting process, Arts Education Fund and other entertainment and cultural events such as the Five Points Jazz Festival, Urban Arts Fund, P.S. You Are Here and implementation of IMAGINE 2020: Denver’s Cultural Plan. Denver Arts & Venues is committed to diversity, equity and inclusiveness in all our programs, initiatives and decision-making processes.
The dates and locations for four community meetings the city will host to gather community feedback on what residents expect of Denver’s next Police Chief.
“Community input is a vital component of the selection of Denver’s next Police Chief, and these community meetings will provide that opportunity for residents to voice what qualities and attributes we should consider in making that selection,” Mayor Hancock said.
The Police Chief Search Community Meetings will be held:
The city has also set up an email address – OurNextChief@denvergov.org – as an additional platform for public input. Feedback emailed through Sunday, June 10 will be advanced to the Police Chief Search Committee, along with the input collected at the four community meetings, so that the committee may consider it as they work to identify candidates for consideration by Mayor Hancock.
Mayor Hancock announced the launch of the Police Chief application process and the members appointed to the Police Chief Search Committee on May 10.
Current and retired members of the Denver Police Department who have held a rank of Lieutenant or higher for at least five years can apply for the Police Chief appointment at www.denvergov.org/jobs until May 27.
The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a non-profit with more than 30 years of expertise in recruiting and identifying well-qualified candidates for the appointment of Police Chief, will review applicant submissions and advance a pool of qualified candidates to the Police Chief Search Committee. The committee will review the pool of candidates, interview individuals that meet the expectations established through community input, and advance candidates to the Mayor.
The members of the Police Chief Search Committee are:
Denver Arts & Venues partners with OMG BookFest to bring books to children, connecting children with authors
Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce a partnership with OMG (Oh Middle Grade!) BookFest, bringing its second festival, OMG Colorado, May 17-19 to Denver.
OMG is a celebration of books aimed at the early to middle grade reader (ages 7-12), bringing popular and award-winning authors to underserved communities for an exciting interactive experience of games, activities, and reading. This year OMG is thrilled to partner with Tattered Cover Book Store and Denver Arts & Venues to help get its message and books to children across the region.
“We are proud and excited to have students enjoy a day of books, fun, and reading at Castro Elementary,” noted Brooke Dilling, Community Program Specialist, Denver Arts & Venues. “Our agency is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and OMG BookFest supports these values.”
Conceived by authors Sarah Mlynowski, Adele Griffin, Julia DeVillers, and Michael Buckley, and joined by Christina Soontornvat, OMG is a traveling circus of books. It moves from city to city offering kids a chance to meet new and favorite authors in an engaging, high-energy, and interactive environment.
On May 18, 16 authors will come together for OMG Colorado and visit with 1,000 students at Castro Elementary, a Title I School in Denver. Kids will experience a variety of breakout sessions, each led by a diverse group of authors and with a unique theme, such as magical creatures, detective stories, and superheroes. In addition, every child who attends will go home with an autographed book. The goal of the program is to foster a love of reading long after the day is over.
“Castro Elementary is an incredibly special school,” said Christina Soontornvat, author and Board Member of OMG BookFest. “When you walk in the doors, right away you get the sense that this community values reading and learning. The school staff has done so much to foster a love of books in their kids. We are absolutely honored that they are hosting our festival this year!”
OMG BookFest will culminate with “The Author Circus,” a public event that also marks the launch of the Colorado Children’s Book Festival at Tattered Cover at 2526 East Colfax Avenue on May 19, from 1 to 3 pm. Readers will experience themed activities and a book signing with all of the OMG authors, as well as local favorite Newbery Medalist Avi and additional local authors. This event is free, but attendees must register here.
Participating authors in OMG Colorado include:
“We are so excited about partnering with OMG BookFest as we launch our Colorado Children’s Book Festival! We both have the same ultimate goal of getting kids to read in a fun, experience-based environment. Colorado is at the beginning of a literary renaissance, so the timing couldn't be better. We are honored that OMG chose Denver as their next stop to help us kick this off!” said Kristen Gilligan, new owner of Tattered Cover Book Store and school and community outreach enthusiast.
For more information on the OMG BookFest mission visit: https://omgbookfest.org
Stop by the neighborhood park at Byers and Pecos before you head to your District 7 Neighborhood Clean Up to discuss proposed improvements in the park! Come take a few minutes to share your ideas about the basketball court, walking paths, and how this park can be a better neighborhood amenity. We will have fun Parks and Recreation frisbees and bags to give away.
Also, stop by to learn more about the upcoming TIAA Volunteer Playground build event that will renovate the playground in this park with new equipment and safety play surfacing.
WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Byers and Pecos Park | 1400 W Byers Pl
Learn more about the District 7 Neighborhood Clean Up at: http://www.luckydistrict7.org/springcleanup.html.
To request Spanish Language interpretation, please email Laura.Morales@denvergov.org. Sign Language interpretation or CART can also be provided upon request. ContactSignLanguageServices@denvergov.org. Please submit your request at least three business days in advance. For more information, please contact Jeru Parikh Project Manager 720-913-0619 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see below for a list and description of these meetings which are open to the general public. NOTE THE LOCATION CHANGES FOR THE MEETINGS.
On April 30, Denver adopted administrative rules and regulations (PDF) for implementing the green roofs ordinance as passed by voters in November 2017. These rules apply to all projects subject to the green roof requirement and should be read in conjunction with the ordinance (PDF). Adoption of the rules and regulations comes after a public review process held earlier in 2018.
The Green Roofs Review Task Force has created a draft proposal (PDF) for strengthening the benefits of the ordinance, while reducing the costs. The proposal is open for public review and comment through noon on June 3. To comment, use this form or email your feedback. Responses received by noon on May 18 will reach the task force before its next meeting.
A cost analysis and methodology are available on the green roofs web page.
Two public briefing and input sessions will be held at 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver:
Any changes to the initiative will require the support of two-thirds of City Council, or 9 votes.
We’re making it rain…hygiene items, that is, during Denver Human Services fourth annual Spring Showers Hygiene Drive! Now through May 25, DHS is collecting hygiene items, like shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, and deodorant, to stock their GIVE Center AND supply their monthly hygiene program for the rest of the year! Find all of the information you need to make the drive succeed (including donation sites and most needed items) at bit.ly/SpringShowers2018
Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Rules and Regulations City and County of Denver Board of Public Health and Environment
All interested parties are hereby given notice that the City and County of Denver, the Board of Public Health and Environment, will hold a public rule-making hearing to consider rules and regulations governing PRIVATE OFF-LEASH DOG ENCLOSURES
The hearing will be held at the meeting of the Board of Public Health and Environment (BPHE) at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the Permit Center/Elections Building, located at 200 W. 14th Avenue, Suite 200, 2nd Floor in the Grand Mesa Conference Room. Any change to the meeting location will be posted prior to the meeting on the BPHE website.
Please notify us via email at BEH@Denvergov.org of your intent to speak at the public hearing no later than Monday, May 7, 2018, or submit comments in writing to BEH@Denvergov.org by Monday, May 7, 2018. Comments can also be mailed or hand delivered to the Department of Public Health and Environment (DPHE), Administration Offices, Attention Kathy Houston, 200 W. 14th Avenue, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80204-2732 no later than Close of Business, May 7, 2018.
The proposed rules and regulations can be viewed here or in person at the DPHE Administration Offices, (200 W. 14th Avenue, 3rd floor, Suite 300) or by calling 720-865-5484.
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Annual Paint-A-Thon -- one of the state’s largest volunteer events that serves seniors – Brothers Redevelopment is hosting a big, brush-related bash. Join us from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, for “The Paint Party,” at the Edgewater Plaza, located at 2250 Eaton St., in Edgewater.
Tix are just $40 for The Paint Party, which is a carnival night of games, prizes, live music, festive food and lots of fun! That’s right, carnival games – only better! No heavy sell, no silent auctions, none of that “stuffy” stuff.
They are celebrating an event that over 40 years has seen more than 130,000 volunteers paint the homes of some 7,250 fixed-income seniors statewide – saving them hundreds of thousands in home maintenance costs annually!!!! Many of you have participated, along with your friends and families over the years.
Go to brivents.org to get your tickets today!
Denver Parks & Recreation's (DPR) alcohol policy was established in September 2007, and amended in May 2011, February 2012 and May 2012, resulting in the current policy which is overly-complicated and inconsistent. In an effort to simplify how rules and regulations are enforced at DPR facilities across the city, a revision to the DPR Alcohol Policy is being proposed and your feedback is wanted.
Website access to survey: http://www.denvergov.org/parkrules
Direct link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DPRPolicy
The intent of these proposed revisions is to:
The survey should take approximately 10 minutes and is anonymous. Your input will shape how the alcohol policy is adjusted, so please help by sharing with your neighbors. The survey will close April 20, 2018.
To review proposed changes in more detail, visit denvergov.org/ParkRules
The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) and Walk2Connect invite residents to participate in the Climate Reality Walking Series in Denver, a free, four-part series about how the City and its partners are working to improve environmental resiliency in a changing climate.
Each walk will feature a different climate change theme and will explore a different part of the city being uniquely affected. Walks average two to three miles in distance and will cover a variety of walking surfaces. Participants should prepare for inclement weather by wearing appropriate footwear and outerwear — and should bring water and a snack. Walks are open to residents of all ages and abilities. Spanish translation is available upon request.
For more information about DDPHE, visit www.denvergov.org/PublicHealthandEnvironment or follow them on www.twitter.com/DDPHE.
Do you wish your neighborhood’s recreation centers offered different Arts & Culture classes?¿Deseas que los Centros Recreativos de Denver ofrezcan nuevos clases en artes y cultura?
The Spring 2018 Activity Guide is now online! Browse activities now and add to your wish list— registration opens TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 at noon!
Denver Parks and Recreation offers a variety of programming such as special events, field trips, workshops, games, sports leagues and more! Our 28 recreation centers offer these activities in different specialties including:
Spring registration opens TUESDAY, FEB. 27 @ noon! Visit: https://www.bluetoad.com/view/denver-parks-recreation/denver-recreation/spring-2018-activity-guide. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Please accept this invitation to attend a Community Forum hosted by the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) on Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Hiawatha Davis Jr. Recreation Center located at 3334 Holly Street, Denver CO 80207.
The Sheriff Department wants to begin a community discussion around our mission to serve and protect our diverse community, share our strategic plan and provide updates on reform efforts.
In addition to the Sheriff and Command Staff, several front-line deputy sheriffs will be on hand to provide insight into the tough jobs they perform, having to handle difficult populations and situations day to day with professionalism.
Members of the Sheriff Advisory Board (SAB) will be in attendance as well. The SAB was created in 2017 to serve as a formal community engagement mechanism to promote collaboration with the DSD regarding matters that span service delivery to individuals incarcerated in DSD custody, their families, the community at-large and service providers. The primary goals of the SAB are to promote advisement and set priority areas of focus to the Sheriff and the Department.
Key to this effort is to hear directly from members of the community in a conversation to know how else we can serve you and address concerns you may have concerning jail and detention center operations as they relate to family and loved ones in our care. Also, your comments concerning our future direction are welcomed as well.
We believe developing and engaging in greater communication opportunities can help aid in more understanding and clarity of roles between DSD and those we serve. Please join us for the start of these critical conversations.
Western History Department will catalog and document items for research and future exhibits
The Denver Public Library seeks activist signs and other memorabilia from the 2018 Women’s March being held in Denver on Saturday, Jan. 20. Archivists from the Western History and Genealogy Department will catalog the items for research and historical purposes and make items available online. This is the second year the library has asked for items from the women’s gathering.
Attendees can drop off items at the Denver Central Library in the Western History and Genealogy Department on the fifth floor between Jan. 20-27. Donating items takes just a few moments and helps preserve historical artifacts for future use.
The library asked for similar donations after the Jan. 21, 2017 March in Civic Center Park, which drew more than 100,000 attendees. More than 1,300 digital photographs, protest posters, videos and ephemera were donated. Archivists sifted and evaluated the items and retained 265 in the collection. Items in the collection include posters, buttons, pink cat-eared “pussyhats” and photographs.
“We were blown away at the interest in donating items last year,” said Acquisitions Librarian Jamie Seemiller, who spearheaded the project. “There was a lot of interest in making the artifacts available for future generations and we want to do the same this year.”
This spring, the library will host the Pink Progression art exhibit, featuring the stories of seven women who participated in the Denver Women’s March in 2017. The exhibit will be held on the 7th Floor of the Central Library in the Vida Ellison Gallery from March 2 - June 29, 2018.
Photos and videos from the 2017 March are available on the library’s Digital Collections website and YouTube channel.
After more than a year of community outreach, the Game Plan is looking at strategies that will help achieve the Guiding Principles and Goals established in October 2017 as a result of the public feedback gathered thus far. Thanks for your involvement!
Feedback on these strategies was gathered during public meetings in November. If you didn't make it to these meetings, you can now review the presentation boards, introduction video and slideshow to catch up! You're then invited to take a survey on how our draft strategies measure up to the unique challenges our parks and recreation system face.
Take the survey now!
This survey consists of 5 pages, where you will be asked to rank what you think are the most important strategies for the future of Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR). This survey is confidential and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
If you attended the public meetings in November, these questions will be the same as the handout you filled out and turned in. You are welcome to give it another look or pass it along to a friend!
At the end of the survey, you will be given the opportunity to enter to win a gift card to the NFL Shop! Survey closes March 1, 2018.
Survey in ENGLISH: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GamePlanDPR
Encuesta en Español: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/GamePlanESP
The Game Plan is currently reviewing the preliminary action strategies and recommendations for the draft plan. A plan should be out this Spring for public review.
The Denver Public Library celebrates the season with free family-friendly events and programs throughout the month of December. From do-it-yourself holiday cards to live music to open houses and celebrations, the Denver Public Library has families covered with events throughout the city. For full details, visit the library’s website at denverlibrary.org. Click the read more button for some highlights.
Denver City Council is seeking qualified individuals to represent Council on the City’s Civil Service Commission. There will be one open vacancy as a Council appointment and one joint appointment of Council and the Mayor’s Office. Appointment terms are for two years.
Purpose: Based on the City & County Charter 9.3.1, the purpose of the Civil Service Commission is to establish, foster, and maintain a merit personnel system providing for the selection and appointment by the Manager of Safety to the Denver Fire and Police Departments the best qualified applicants and the promotion within the Classified Service. In addition, the Commission establishes and administers a disciplinary and disqualification review process.
Composition: Based on Charter 9.3.2 (c) appointments to the Commission, the Mayor and City Council shall consider the diversity of the citizens of the City & County of Denver.
Meetings: All Commission meetings are held at 9:30 am in Room 761 (7th Floor) at the Post Building, 101 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO, 80202. A $100 stipend per meeting is provided. There is no more than one meeting per day.
Application Process: Please send your resume and cover letter to Debra Bartleson, Legislative Services, Denver City Council, 1437 Bannock Street, Room 451, Denver, CO, 80202 by Friday, January 5, 2018, or by email at Debra.Bartleson@denvergov.org -OR- apply at http://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/mayors-office/about-the-office-of-the-mayor/boards-commissions/boards-commissions-apply.html with Barry Burch at the Mayor’s Office. For more information contact Ms. Bartleson at 720-337-2003 or Mr. Burch at 720-865-9128.
The City and County of Denver is among five metro municipalities working jointly on an analysis called the Assessment of Fair Housing. A public survey is being administered now through December 30, 2017, to better understand residents’ housing decisions and experiences living, working, and going to school in the region.
The survey takes approximately 15 minutes and is available online in eight languages at http://denver-aurora-boulderafh.com/surveys/. Additional accommodations are available by request by calling 1-800-748-3222, x236 or emailing email@example.com. Other elements of the assessment will include focus groups and meetings with residents, immigrant and refugee communities, LGBTQ community, civil rights advocates, affordable housing developers, social service agencies, and real estate agents.
The Assessment of Fair Housing study is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in an effort to increase housing opportunities and economic inclusion nationwide. Details about the regional assessment and upcoming events are available at www.denver-aurora-boulderafh.com. A draft report on the assessment and action plans is expected to be available for public comment in February 2018.
The Assessment of Fair Housing will be coordinated with Denver’s other local and federal planning efforts on housing to promote inclusive communities across the city.
In recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Denver Human Services (DHS), Denver’s Road Home and community partners are spotlighting all the ways to give to those less fortunate this holiday season.
“Denver is a compassionate and generous community and we want to encourage people to donate not just during the holidays, but year-round,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “The gift of time, money or items in need may cost a donor very little but the impact of that gift can be priceless for those struggling to afford their basic needs.”
Denver’s Donation Guide highlights all the ways to give by volunteering your time or donating goods, food, clothing or dollars to area service providers. The quick reference guide outlines partners throughout Denver who serve people experiencing homelessness and those at risk of losing their housing. Some of the most needed items this winter include: jeans and warm pants, all-weather boots, gloves, hats, scarves, and hand-warmers.
Hats, scarves, gloves and mittens can also be donated to Giving Tree sites at the seven regional recreation centers, the atrium of the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building, and Denver Police Department headquarters as well as the annual Light the Lights event at Civic Center Park.
For those wishing to get in the giving spirit earlier, on Monday, November 20, city officials including DHS Executive Director Don Mares will join Mayor Hancock in supporting Denver Rescue Mission’s Thanksgiving Turkey Drive.
Donors can also connect with a family, teen or senior served by DHS programs through the annual GIVE Denver Adopt-A-Family, Teen or Senior Holiday Gift Drive. There are three easy ways to donate to the drive:
1. Adopt a family, teen or senior: Team up or register as an individual atdenvergov.org/GIVE to “adopt,” or sponsor, a Denver family, teen, or senior. You’ll receive an individualized shopping list to use when shopping especially for your recipient. Register to sponsor by December 1.
2. Donate holiday gifts: Drop off a holiday gift at one of the designated sites by December 13, 2017 and GIVE Denver will deliver it to a DHS client. For a list of commonly requested gifts, head to denvergov.org/GIVE. Designated sites include all Denver Human Services locations and the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building.
3. Make a monetary donation: Let GIVE Denver do the shopping by making a credit card donation or sending a check to GIVE Denver, 1200 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO, 80204 with “Adopt-a-Family” in the memo line. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
To adopt a family, teen or senior, make a donation, or for more information, please call 720-944-GIVE or head to http://www.denvergov.org/GIVE.
Denver Environmental Health and the Sierra Club Colorado Chapter are hosting Denver on Climate: Film, Food & Conversation on Nov. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the McNichols Building, 3rd floor (144 W Colfax Ave). The free event will include a screening of the documentary “From the Ashes,” followed by an expert panel that will discuss the local impacts of climate change and actions being taken in Denver.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to provide public input on the city’s 80x50 Climate Goal Stakeholder Report, and to help shape Denver’s efforts to address climate change. Based on the Stakeholder Report and public input, Denver’s 2018 Climate Action Plan will be released in early 2018.
“From the Ashes” is a compassionate documentary presenting compelling stories from coal communities, and what is at stake for our economies, public health and climate. It features the voices and perspectives of environmentalists, coal miners, climate scientists, law makers, ranchers, elected officials and residents of coal communities.
The event is free, and those interested can RSVP at DenverOnClimate.eventbrite.com.
For more information about Denver’s efforts to address climate change and to provide feedback on the 80x50 Climate Goal Stakeholder Report via survey, visit www.denvergov.org/80x50.
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