Remember that Fireworks are illegal in Denver (even sparklers!) but there are lots of ways to have fun this 4th of July. Check out Wash Park the Independence Day Celebration at Wash Park Boathouse!
Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 11am - 1pm
Bring your picnic lunch • Kids Bike Parade begins at 11:45
• FREE Decorations • FREE Face Painting • FREE Ice Cream!
The SouthWest Denver Coalition in collaboration with Denver Parks and Recreation, the Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver (GRID), Denver Public Safety Youth Programs, and District 4 Police Department to host the 10th Annual Grill & Chill Safe Summer Kickoff at Garfield Park Lake on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, rain or shine.
The Safe Summer Kickoff is a FREE, family-friendly event where attendees can learn about community and government support services while they enjoy food, live entertainment, prize giveaways and a variety of activities. The event is also an opportunity to connect youth with alternative activities during the summer to keep them busy and safe.
During the event Denver Parks will be hosting a FREE fishing day stocking the lake with fish and giving youth fishing poles while they last. There will be fishing poles available for adults to borrow or bring your own. We will have volunteers providing information and to assist with fishing. Denver Parks will be promoting outdoor activities for the summer.
50 private and public community organizations will participate in this year’s Safe Summer Kickoff Resource Fair to provide information on family, youth and children services, community policing, health and wellness options, and upcoming neighborhood social activities. Bilingual staff will be available during the event, and announcements will be made in English and Spanish.
Festivities at the Safe Summer Kickoff will include free face painting, games, activities, and music. Members of the Department of Public Safety, including the Fire Departments will also attend the Kickoff.
The purpose of the 10th Annual Grill & Chill Safe Summer Kickoff is to build community cohesion while promoting a healthy and safe summer for Denver’s residents. Garfield Lake Park located at 1200 S. Newton St. Denver 80219.
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
When: Thursday, May 17 | 10a.m. – 2p.m.
Where: Washington Park | Franklin & Mississippi
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. We’re celebrating this milestone during World Migratory Bird Day which also brings attention to one of the most spectacular events in the Americas-- bird migration! Join Denver Parks & Recreation, Audubon Society of Greater Denver, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington Park on May 17! We’ll have fun, educational activities for all ages including crafts, nature walks, games & more!
Learn more at MigratoryBirdAct.org, and share the Facebook event with your friends and neighbors!
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.
Check out these two unique opportunities to get up to Denver's Mountain Parks!
Buffalo Bill Museum Birthday Celebration
On Sunday, February 25, the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave will offer FREE admission to celebrate the western legend’s 172nd birthday. Guests are invited to sing “Happy Birthday” and enjoy free cake and ice cream, photo-opportunities with Buffalo Bill re-enactors, and children’s activities. For more information call 303-526-0744 or visit www.buffalobill.org.
When: February 25, 2018, 12pm – 4pm
Where: Lookout Mountain Park, 987 1/2 Lookout Mountain Road, Golden, CO 80401
Annual Bison Auction
Please join us for the annual Bison Auction on March 2, 2018. If you haven’t yet been to this event, it is a great reason to get up to our beautiful Mountain Parks. Please let me know if you have any questions about this event, and if you are planning to attend.
When: Friday, March 2, 2018, 12:00 PM
Where: Genesee Park Bison Ranch, 26771 Genesee Lane, Golden, CO 80401
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.
After Incarceration, 100 Men to Receive Suits and Employment Opportunities at Denver Inner City Parish Event
Denver Inner City Parish (DICP), a human services nonprofit, announced today that it will be hosting 100 men with criminal records at the Suits for Success event, which will be held at College View Community Center in southwest Denver on Friday, February 9. Participants, primarily from area halfway houses, will meet with felon-friendly employers, shop for professional clothing, workshop their resumes, and practice interviewing.
Suits for Success is the brainchild of DICP’s Leo Alirez, the Director of College View Community Center. Once a gang member, Alirez now holds a degree in addictions from Metropolitan State University and an honorary doctorate from the Colorado Urban Institute; additionally, he has clocked over a decade working in partnership with Colorado’s criminal justice system and helping those with records reintegrate into society.
Alirez offered: “We hosted two Suits for Success events in 2017 and the response was phenomenal – we are excited to be bringing it back in 2018. When you look good, you feel good, and for many of the men who come to this, their confidence has been broken down from a lack of employment opportunities. Their records keep them from getting jobs, and this often leads them back to the criminal behavior that landed them in jail in the first place. We work with them to build their confidence and then connect them with employers who share our belief in second chances. We help build skills and connect them with resources they need to find and maintain gainful employment; many will even leave with interviews lined up.”
The College View neighborhood where Suits for Success will be held is one of the city’s low-opportunity areas, with nearly 45% of people living in poverty1 and only 48% of adults holding a high school diploma2. At Suits for Success, Denver Inner City Parish creates opportunity and provides resources, tools, and skills-building workshops that bring men with criminal backgrounds into view of their potential.
Those wishing to participate in or contribute to Suits for Success should contact Jackie Gallegos at (303)350-5565. To make a tax-deductible monetary donation visit www.dicp.org/donate or mail directly to Denver Inner City Parish: 1212 Mariposa Street, Denver, CO 80204, Attn: Development.
About Denver Inner City Parish
Denver Inner City Parish is a grassroots, community-focused human services nonprofit that has been “welcoming and empowering people in need through support, determination, and community” since 1960. It offers a wide variety of services across three Denver locations that focus on 1) Hunger relief and Nutrition, 2) Youth Education and Development, 3) Individual Empowerment, and 4) Community Enrichment.
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.
The SouthWest Denver Coalition will be hosting a Holiday Toy Giveaway this Saturday, December 23, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm at the College View Community Center 2525 S. Denver 80219.
We apologies for the very short notice but this was a last minute donation we just received from Toys for Tots. We want to give SWDC partner agency's a chance to sign their clients up. We have reserved 30 slots for children to be signed up for gifts, no more than two nominations per agency. Please be aware the gifts we received are for ages infant to maybe 10 years old. Unfortunately, we did not receive gifts for older children.
For our nominations we are trying to serve within the SWDC boundaries, which are Hampden Ave. to Colfax Ave. and Sheridan Blvd. to Platte Dr. (zip codes: 80204, 80219, 80223, & 80236).
Please submit your nominations by tomorrow, Thursday, December 21st by 6:00pm at the link below. Once we confirm your nomination request has been received, if you can help us notify the parent(s) of your nominated child/children. Please let them know we will also try to contact them about Saturday, December 23rd pick- up.
If you have a child/children you would like to nominate, please go to the link below.
P.S. we are also in need of help wrapping gifts tomorrow Thursday, December 21st 5:00pm at College View Community Center 2525 S. Decatur St. Denver 80219. If your free please stop by.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email or at (720) 675-8313.
SouthWest Denver Coalition
Sponsored by: SouthWest Denver Coalition, Toys for Tots, & College View Community Center.
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 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.
Join Evolution Youth Services & Colorado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in collaboration with the SouthWest Denver Coalition to host a FREE Women's Self-Defense Class for ages 14 and up. We will have a few instructors with 60+ years of experience.
When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Colorado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu West 2595 West 8th Ave. Denver 80204
Attire: Comfortable clothing
Registration: To sign-up email Kasandra Ornelas at email@example.com or click on the link below:
Limited space available
The next meeting will be held at 9 a.m. November 8, 2017 at the District 4 Commander's Meeting, 2100 South Clay Street. All are welcome.
Denver Parks & Recreation invites you to attend the latest series of open houses for the Game Plan. The Game Plan is Denveright’s community planning effort that creates a prioritized roadmap for adapting our parks system and recreational programming and amenities to meet the changing needs of our city over the next 20 years. Now is the time to review the preliminary action strategies and recommendations for draft plan.
Each meeting is identical, so we look forward to seeing you at the meeting most convenient for you. Stop by any time between 5:00pm and 7:00pm to provide input! Learn more about the Gameplan and other Denveright planning efforts at www.denveright.com.
In partnership with the City and County of Denver, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District will hold an open house on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 to gather public input on preliminary alternatives currently being evaluated to restore degraded habitat along approximately 2.4 miles of the South Platte River from West Yale Avenue downstream (north) to West Mississippi Avenue in Denver. The meeting will run from 6:00 - 7:30 pm with a formal presentation starting at 6:30 pm. The time before and after the presentation will be an open house style where people will have the opportunity to speak with Corps and City officials about the project.
The meeting will be located at the Harvard Gulch Recreation Center, 550 E. Iliff Avenue in Denver. Information on the study can be viewed at:
Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone who might be interested in attending the public meeting.
The Denver Police Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Denver Police district stations and the Police Administration Building. This event takes place on the same day across the country. In Colorado, more than 100 locations will be accepting expired or left-over prescription and over-the-counter drugs from the public.
The goal of this event is to ensure the environmentally safe disposal of prescription medicines and to reduce the likelihood of drug misuse or abuse. Please note that these sites cannot accept needles or sharps, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy or radioactive substances, illicit drugs, or pressurized canisters.
According to the DEA, partnering law enforcement agencies collected 900,386 pounds of unwanted medicines (the weight equivalent of 193 police patrol SUVs) during the most recent drug take-back day event in April of 2017.
Denver Police drop off locations:
Police District 1 1311 West 46th Avenue
Police District 2 3921 Holly Street
Police District 3 1625 South University Boulevard
Police District 4 2100 South Clay Street
Police District 5 4685 Peoria Street
Police District 6 1566 Washington Street
Police Administration Building 1331 Cherokee Street
Again, medications can be dropped off at DPD District Stations only on Saturday, October 28, 2016, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
For additional information on the program or other drop off locations, please visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html
Denver Parks and Recreation Student/Teacher Art Show & Sale | Cook Park Rec Center 10/21 | 9am-3pm
Come stop by a fun showcase of artistic pottery, jewelry, watercolors, oil paintings, wearable items and more crafted by the students and instructors of Denver Parks & Recreation. Both youth and adults come together to show and sell their work at this one-day event.
Along with some great door-prize giveaways, refreshments and lots of pottery and great handmade crafts, pick out a special and affordable gift crafted by a local artist (and beat the holiday rush)! This is a FREE family event.
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Cook Park Recreation Center | 7100 Cherry Creek South Drive, Denver, 80224.
Denver Parks and Recreation Haunted House
Please join us for an event the entire family will enjoy! Thrill seekers looking for a scare will love a frightful tour through the Haunted Hotel. Not into being scared? Visit the Halloweentown Carnival and take a walk through our fun-filled Hotel Transylvania.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1945846472406042/
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017 1:00PM-8:00PM
Friday, October 27, 2017 4:00PM-8:00PM
Saturday, October 28, 2017 1:00PM-8:00PM
WHERE: St. Charles Recreation Center, 3777 N Lafayette St, Denver, CO 80205
PRICE: Tickets are $5.00 and sold day of event
Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Johnson Habitat Park, 610 S. Jason Street, Denver CO, 80223
Join the Athmar Living Coalition for a walk along the South Platte River Trail to learn the myths and legends of the animals that live near the river and discover some of the creatures in the wild! We’ll return to the SPREE Center at Johnson Habitat Park for animal crafts and pizza. The evening will end with a bonfire and s’mores by the river! Kids of all ages are welcome – please bring a stroller for the little ones. The event is bilingual in Spanish and English, and interpretation in American Sign Language and other languages available upon request.
The event is free and registration is limited. The majority of the participants were nominated from the elementary schools in Athmar Park, but we left some spots open for our Active Living Coalition mailing list. RSVP today to reserve a spot for you and your family!
If you don't have kids, but want to help out, please reply to APActiveLivingCoalition@gmail.com to volunteer. We need volunteers to help with sign in, distributing pizza and s'mores ingredients, helping with activities, interpreting in Spanish and getting feedback from parents for our Active Living Plan.
This event is organized by the Athmar Park Active Living Coalition, The Audubon Society of Greater Denver and the Greenway Foundation.
Register for the event here:
Denver Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)
Date/Times: Oct 17 and 18, 2017, 8:00am to 5:30pm both days
Location: Denver Police Dist. 3, 1625 South University, Denver CO
What would YOU do if an emergency/disaster hit close to home or work?
This emergency/disaster preparedness and response training will include how to plan for an emergency, and teach basic response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and emergency/disaster medical operations. At the completion of this training, participants are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in our community.
Register Now »
Denver Local Emergency Planning Committee Meeting (LEPC)
Date/Time: October 17, 2017, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: COMMUNITY HUB at NORTHFIELD (Denver COP Shop), 8230 Northfield Blvd, Denver
We would like to invite you to attend the October meeting of the Denver Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). The Denver LEPC is a volunteer committee focused on understanding the hazards in our community and assessing our capabilities for dealing with these hazards. Our guest speaker will be from the EPA.
Please RSVP to DenverLEPC@Denvergov.org.
Denver CERT Emergency Communications Module
Date/Time: October 25 and 26, 2017, 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: To Be Announced
Register Now »
Denver Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Full Scale Exercise
Date: October 28, 2017, 9:00am to 1:00pm
Location: Salvation Army Warehouse, 11701 East 33rd Ave., Aurora Colorado
Time: Registration begins:
8:45 am CERT Responders
9:00 am Role Players
9:00 am Exercise Briefing Begins
9:45 am Exercise Starts
12:00 am Exercise Ends
12:15 am Hot-wash
1:00 pm Check-out
1:00 pm Pack-up
2:00 pm Leave
Who we need:
Please register: on line at www.denvergov.org/OEM and under “Volunteer organization” identify yourself as a Responder, Role Player or Moulage Artist. High School students will receive 6 hours of Community Service.
Register Now »
Free event connects people experiencing homelessness to much-needed health, legal, employment,
and wellness resources
For those who are living without a home in Denver, accessing simple necessities can be a monumental task requiring time, transportation, and resources they just don’t have. On Tuesday, September 19, the City and County of Denver, in partnership with Mile High United Way, aims to close the access gap by bringing more than 100 service providers together at the Colorado Convention Center for Project Homeless Connect 2017 (PHC 2017). These service providers will provide free resources and resource navigation to more than one thousand people experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless.
Nearly 20 percent of Denver respondents to the annual Point in Time study report job loss or inability to find work as a contributing factor to homelessness. PHC 2017 provides homeless families and individuals access to crucial employment resources and many other basic services in one place, removing the barriers of time and transportation and connecting people to more resources in a shorter period of time.
“Project Homeless Connect is a one-stop-shop that connects our most vulnerable residents with the crucial services and resources they need to get back on their feet,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “It’s a perfect example of what can be achieved when city agencies, community organizations and Denver residents come together with a common goal.”
PHC 2017 will be held on Tuesday, September 19 at the Colorado Convention Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. PHC 2017 will be staffed by hundreds of volunteers and will include representatives from more than 100 community organizations and roughly 30 local employers or recruiters.
The free one-day event is open to people of all ages who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. During the event, individuals and families are paired, one-on-one, with volunteers who help them access dozens of vital resources and services, including basic medical exams, employment advice and services, food assistance, official identification, public benefits, hygiene items, haircuts, and other community-provided services.
Who: Speaking at the Welcome Ceremony will be:
Chris Conner, Interim Director of Denver’s Road Home
What: Project Homeless Connect 17
When: Tuesday, September 19 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Welcome Ceremony begins at 9:45 a.m.
Where: Colorado Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C
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)
Campaign aims to improve air quality and environmental sustainability by increasing electric vehicle ownership; launch event with electric vehicle test drives planned for Sept. 12
Denver’s Department of Environmental Health is encouraging residents to “Pass Gas” and drive electric vehicles (EVs) in a new air quality and sustainability campaign launching today at www.denvergov.org/passgas.
Funded by a grant from the 11th Hour Project, the campaign aims to educate Denver metro drivers about the numerous benefits of EV ownership and invites the public to a launch event at Civic Center Park on Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Denver metro residents can take the Pass Gas Pledge and be entered to win one of two Chargepoint residential charging stations worth $499, or visit the website to learn more about the hundreds of public charging stations located around Denver and beyond.
Held in conjunction with Civic Center Eats, the launch event will allow attendees to test drive electric bikes and several EV models from Tesla, Chevy, Ford and Audi. The first 100 test drivers will receive a free food truck lunch at Civic Center Eats. Attendees can also talk with current EV owners and ask questions about their vehicles and why they chose to pass gas.
“Pass Gas, Drive Electric” highlights Colorado as the most affordable state in the country to buy an EV. Owners can qualify for up to $12,500 in tax credits toward any plug-in vehicle, and electricity costs less than half the price of gasoline.
The “Pass Gas, Drive Electric” campaign also supports a commitment stated in Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s Mobility Action Plan to raise EV awareness, which was one of three strategies for doubling the EV ownership growth rate by 2020.
“To help reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent, we must significantly expand the use of electric vehicles, and this report confirms that they’re a valuable investment in both air quality and as a tool for fighting climate change,” Mayor Hancock said. “Electric vehicles are an important component of Denver’s newly released Mobility Action Plan, and the market opportunities identified for charging infrastructure throughout Denver and Colorado shows consumers and businesses that choosing EVs is not just an environmentally-conscious choice, but an economical one.”
This campaign comes on the heels of Electrify America’s selection of Denver as one of 11 metro areas across the country to receive 300 EV charging stations over the next two years. It also follows the recent release of Opportunities for Vehicle Electrification in the Denver Metro area and Across the Front Range, a report from Denver Environmental Health that concludes EVs are a necessary solution to fighting air pollution and climate change. Plugging in an EV in Denver reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides by 63 percent and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent compared to the average vehicle. Nitrogen oxides are the primary contributor to ozone pollution, which has serious health and respiratory impacts, and greenhouse gas emissions cause climate change.
Those reductions are forecast to improve over time as Colorado’s renewable energy portfolio increases. By 2025 electric vehicles are expected to produce 84 percent fewer nitrogen oxides and 49 percent fewer greenhouse gases as compared to a new gasoline automobile meeting 2025 emissions standards.
Transportation is the leading source of air pollution and the second leading source of greenhouse gases in Denver. Electric vehicles can help the City improve air quality and uphold Mayor Hancock’s ongoing commitment to the Paris Climate Accord.
For more information contact Tyler Svitak at Tyler.Svitak@DenverGov.org, 720-865-5426.
Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Soak up the sun! Get outside and explore nature and birds that live around Athmar Park! This tour will focus on viewing and discussing birds seen along the South Platte River with local volunteer birder, Jackie King from the Audubon Society of Greater Denver. Whether you are a birder or just curious how to tell one bird from the other, this tour is for you.
Things to bring: Water, binoculars, camera, bird guide / ID book, good walking shoes, and enthusiasm.
Meet us at Johnson Habitat Park by the parking lot at Exposition and Jason. We will be walking and wheelchair-rolling south down the South Platte River Trail for about a mile and a half. The tour will end at Overland Pond Park near S. Platte River Drive and S. Huron Street, so please feel free to carpool and leave a car there to ride back.
FREE and open to the public, all are welcome. Hosted by the Athmar Active Living Coalition. Please sign up at Eventbrite….. Registration limited to 25 people.
610 South Jason Street
Denver, CO 80223
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