The little park on Asbury Avenue in southwest Denver hides its story well. It’s nearly nondescript with a few scattered benches and trees lining its concrete walkway. It’s a plainness that is no doubt bolstered by the fact that for a while there the park had no name.
But with a name — La Lomita Park — its story and that of one of the families who grew up nearby will no longer be obscured.
It started when Councilman Jolon Clark requested a list of the parks in his district. Three showed up nameless, including one near Asbury Avenue and Tejon Street. It was located in an area called Goat Hill that was historically home to Mexican-American and Latino families. The park is sandwiched between the Ruby Hill and College View neighborhoods in southwest Denver.
Read more in Denverite.
Ruby Hill Rail Yard Now Open
Winter Park Resort and Denver Parks & Recreation Team Up to Provide Free Skiing and Snowboarding at Urban Terrain Park
Marking the start of its twelfth year, the Ruby Hill Rail Yard is now officially open for the 2018 Season. The rail yard is available to both snowboarders and skiers and is absolutely free. The Ruby Hill Rail Yard features over ten rails and boxes of varying configurations and skill level. Weather permitting, the rail yard will be open until the end of February.
The recent cold weather delivered the perfect mix of conditions to start preparing the Ruby Hill Rail Yard for the 2018 season. Volunteers from Denver Parks and Winter Park Resort began making snow earlier this month, bringing the excitement and energy of skiing and snowboarding to the Denver urban park.
“The rail yard at Ruby Hill would not be possible without the support from our partners at Winter Park Resort,” said Happy Haynes, Executive Director of Denver Parks and Recreation. “This annual program gives our residents and visitors, especially kids, a means to stay active outside during the winter while also enjoying the fun experience of skiing and snowboarding in the city.
The Ruby Hill Rail Yard was created in 2007 in a joint effort between Denver Parks and Recreation and Winter Park Resort to offer a winter sport experience in an urban setting. Winter Park provides the rails, terrain park design and staff; and Denver Parks and Recreation provides the location and management. More than 25 volunteers work tirelessly each season to help make the rail yard possible.
Ruby Hill Park is located off of South Platte River Drive and West Florida Avenue. The rail yard is open every day during regular park hours from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and is lighted every day from dusk until 9 p.m.
Denver Public Library offers free events for kids and families to make the season brighter
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.
Camps for Kids along the South Platte River!
Looking for something for your kids to do when school is off but work isn't? Have them join South Platte River Environmental Education (SPREE) at Johnson Habitat Park for fun and educational days filled with games, crafts, adventures and even top secret missions about the environment! SPREE offers school holiday camps for students Kindergarten (must be at least 6) through 5th grade at SPREE Headquarters from 8:00AM to 6PM. Learn more about these fun programs!
Animals of All Hallows Eve
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
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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 Guided Athmar Park Bird Tour
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
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!
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.
Just a quick reminder that the Valverde Neighborhood July meeting will be taking place next Wednesday 7/26 at 6pm at the Barnum Rec Center.
They will have Andrew McFadden, a traffic engineer with CDOT to discuss traffic related issues, councilman's aid Anita Banuelos will be addressing general concerns and talking about housing resources, as well as our Police Community Resource Officer Alexis Aranda to give us crime prevention tips and stats.
Hope to see you there!
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
Denver Arts & Venues is proud to announce the latest addition to the city of Denver’s public art collection by Colorado artists Nick Geurts and Ryan Elmendorf. “Sky Song” will be dedicated as a part of the Grand Opening celebration for the newly built Levitt Pavilion Denver at Ruby Hill Park.
In addition, the event will include the first event in the Colorado Music series presented by Bonfils Blood Center, a concert with Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart, Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams and headliner, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club.
This event is free and open to the public. A full schedule of both free and paid shows can be found at www.levittdenver.org.
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 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 :
If you have a youth ages 14-19 who needs transportation, come to the below Recreation Center locations on these dates and times and pick up a free RTD My Ride card.
Youth must have a valid MY Denver membership
For youth ages 14-19 only
Limit of 2 My Ride cards per family
Parent/guardian must be present to register for the cards
For more information on the My Ride card visit www.rtd-denver.com/myride/.
With summer in full swing, the City and County of Denver wants to remind parents about opportunities available that ensure Denver’s children and youth are healthy, safe, engaged in the community, and continue to learn while school is out.
“The city’s role in serving Denver youth truly exists when our kids are on summer break,” Mayor Hancock said. “It’s crucial we provide our families with programs that support their basic needs while also equipping our students with the tools they need to succeed upon their return to the classroom.”
“City agencies are working together to provide Denver youth with summer opportunities and pathways that lead to success,” Executive Director of the Office of Children’s Affairs Erin Brown said. “It’s important that we leverage our resources to keep our kids connected to activities during the summer that keep them safe, engaged and influence skill competence. Decreasing summer learning loss provides children and youth an academic advantage for the next school year.”
Summer opportunities available through the Office of Children’s Affairs, Denver Parks and Recreation, Office of Economic Development, and the Denver Public Library are comprised of activities related to healthy eating, educational and cultural experiences, enrichment programs and employment. They include:
All youth can sign up for their first MY Denver Card at any Denver recreation center. DPS students can also obtain their first card, or ensure their benefits stay active on their existing card, by selecting to “opt-in” for a MY Denver Card during the online enrollment verification process, July 24 - August 11, 2017. Signing up through the city’s online portal will be available after August 11. To learn more, visit denvergov.org/mydenvercard.
This FREE training is open teen’s ages 14 – 18 years of age. You must attend all class sessions (3 Days) to receive a certificate for 24 hours of community service. Learn to protect yourself, your family and your friends in case of an emergency. This training teaches you about potential disasters that could affect the Denver metro area and how to safely and responsibly respond to and recover from them.
Things You Learn
· Extinguish small fires
· Conduct light search and rescue
· Assist those who are injured
· Set up medical treatment areas
· Assist emergency responders
· Identify and anticipate hazards
· Reduce hazards in the home, school and workplace
· Help reduce survivor stress
And participate in a final disaster exercise
Date/Time: July 11, 12 and 13, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Montbello Recreation Center, D1555 E. 53rd Avenue Denver, CO
No Kid Hungry this Summer!
Schools across the country are ending for summer break. As you may know, summer is often the hungriest time of year for many children from low-income families. These children rely on free and reduced school meals during the school year but when school is out their families struggle to replace those missed meals. Across the United States, local communities, state agencies and non-profit organizations are coming together to set up summer meals sites – stitching together the infrastructure necessary for kids to eat healthy meals while school is out.
Summer meals sites operate in low-income communities across the country, and are often located at schools, faith-based organizations, and community organizations.
Unfortunately, too many children in need are missing out. Your office can play an important role in ensuring families in your district know about the summer meals program and how to access sites in your community.
Below you will find resources for those who need information about summer meals.
More information is available at www.nokidhungry.org/summer.
Help us collect data about walking, biking, and transit conditions around Athmar Park! This data will help the Active Living Coalition to create an Active Living Plan to guide us to prioritize and advocate for improved conditions for walking, biking and wheelchair rolling!
Sign up to volunteer!
Spread the word with this flyer in Spanish and English!
Denver Public Health & The Southwest Denver Coalition invite you to Communities That Care in SW Denver Community Leaders Board Orientation.
Interested in youth substance abuse prevention? Join Key leaders, youth and community organizations in Southwest Denver to develop a long-term plan to support our youth.
This event will be hosted over two sessions
Part 1: Saturday, May 13, 2017 & Part 2: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: SWIC 1000 South Lowell Blvd, Denver 80219
Come eat, learn, and share your hopes & concerns for youth in Southwest Denver.
Translation services will be available
Lunch & snacks will be provided. Youth & young adults (ages 12-25) will receive gift cards for participating.
Childcare provided, Can only provide care for a maximum of 12 children ages 2-11. Children under 2 can stay with parents. All ages are welcome!
Questions: email YSAP@dhha.org or call 303-602-5749
Sun Valley Neighborhood Family Fair
Please join us at the Sun Valley Neighborhood Family Fair on Saturday, April 29th at the Fairview Elementary School, 2715 W. 11th Ave., Denver 80204. This event will be held from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Organizations attending are: Denver Workforce Services, Denver Public Library, Sun Valley Youth Center, Catholic Charities, Denver Housing, Lions Club and many more.
Please bring the family and there will be food, prizes, face painting for the children and fun activities.
Spread the word with the flyer here or in Spanish here.
Become a sustainable Neighborhood!
Denver Environmental Health is soliciting applications from residents and neighborhood organizations to join Denver’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program.
Up to two neighborhoods will be selected for the program and will join the 11 participating neighborhoods: West Colfax, North City Park, Chaffee Park-Regis, Barnum, Villa Park, Green Valley Ranch, Baker, East Montclair/East Colfax, Congress Park, Highland, and La Alma-Lincoln Park. The program encourages and empowers residents to become active partners in making Denver a more vibrant and livable community.
Neighborhoods receive in-kind support from the City, in the form of printing, venue and catering fees, and staff time to assist with outreach and project development.
Participating Sustainable Neighborhoods earn credits for achieving sustainability goals by completing resident-led projects such as: encouraging neighbors to sign up for the City’s recycling and composting services, assessing neighborhood walkability and bikability, and hosting a workshop series at the local community garden. Depending on the number of credits earned in a given year, neighborhoods receive designation as a “Participating Sustainable Neighborhood” or as an “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood.”
"This program provides a structure that fosters social cohesion, community building, and resident action,” says Sustainable Neighborhoods Program Coordinator Taylor Moellers. “The work of designing and leading these sustainability projects at the neighborhood-level leads to more resilient, connected communities.”
To learn more about the program and apply, visit www.SustainableNeighborhoodNetwork.org/Denver. Sustainable Neighborhood applications are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 1st.
For more information, contact Taylor Moellers at Taylor.Moellers@denvergov.org or 720-865-5477.
Denver Days are Coming Up!
Five years ago Mayor Michael B. Hancock envisioned a city where neighbors not only knew their neighbors but as a result felt safer and more connected to the communities they call home – Denver Days was the result of this vision brought to reality.
This year's Denver Days will take place from August 5th through the 13th!
We at the City and County of Denver encourage you to host block parties (we'll pay for the barricades), have picnics (we'll waive the park permit fees), or organize service projects!
To learn more or to register, visit www.denvergov.org/denverdays! And don’t forget to like Denver Days on Facebook!
Volunteer at the Cop Shop
The COP Shop is a place for neighbors to pickup information on neighborhood safety, city services, police issues and graffiti removal. Our District 3 police officers will have their own office in the COP Shop to write reports, meet with citizens or just take a break. The police presence also provides additional safety for the entire shopping center. Police officers will have access to the facility on a 24/7 basis.
Volunteers will handle the day to day operations and assist the public with most requests and information. Volunteers are part of the Police Department (VIPS) Volunteers in Police Service. They have been trained by the Police Department and many of them are graduates of the Denver Police Department Citizens' Police Academy.
To become a COP Shop Volunteer contact Merce Lea, 720-210-4056, email@example.com
The Broadway COP Shop is located at 487 S Broadway, #300.
Between GNC and Radio Shack in The Broadway Marketplace at Alameda and Broadway.
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