Transportation & Mobility, Homelessness & Housing, Environment, and Public Safety continue to be top priorities for District 7. Explore the documents below to check out the progress we have made on these four critical issues. Councilman Clark has championed legislation that:
- Created a new permanent funding source for parks (2A Parks and Open Space Sales Tax) that was approved by voters in Nov. 2018 to:
- Aquire new land for parks, trails and open space
- Improve and maintain existing parks, trails and open space, including Denver Mountain Parks
- Build and maintain new parks and trails
- Restore and protect natural features such as waterways, rivers, canals, and stream
- Expanded the urban tree cover in parks, parkways, and public right-of-ways
- Repealed the city sales tax on feminine hygiene products
- Required all single stall restrooms to have gender neutral signage
- Doubled the investment in public art through the Urban Arts Fund
- Funded proactive treatment and tree planting to combat Emerald Ash Borer
- Created a new separate office and explored new sources of funding to accelerate Denver's work to combat climate change
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Transportation & Mobility
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Projects in the District
Broadway Station/Former Gates Rubber Factory
The former Gates Rubber plant will be a 40 acre transit-oriented development with 2,500 housing options with at least 250 affordable units. A million square feet of office space, retail space, restaurants and a park are all planned. A pedestrian bridge over the Platte River and railroad will provide better connectivity to the west side. More info on the plan can be found here.
Federal Safety Improvements
To improve safety, Denver has committed to increase traffic enforcement, enhance pedestrian education, install variable message boards, reconstruct signals at Exposition, Kentucky, Mississippi and Jewell in the summer and fall of 2019, build medians starting in spring 2019, repave and stripe roads completed in 2020, and upgrade lighting from high-pressure sodium to environmentally friendly LED. Learn more here.
(Not in District 7) The former Loretto Heights campus has sold and the city has worked with the developer, residents and other stakeholders to create a community vision. Councilman Clark serves on the steering committee. The draft of the Loretto Heights Area Plan offers a detailed vision crafted from community input, laying out recommendations and policy guidance for land use, getting around, and quality of life over the next twenty years in this important area of Southwest Denver.Learn more and get meeting information here.
The potential for a new pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular connection from the Athmar Park neighborhood to Vanderbilt Park between S. Lipan and S. Jason Street along W. Exposition Ave was identified as a part of the Broadway Station Area Plan. This connection requires a Next Steps Study with funding requested for the 2018 budget. Learn more here.
Ruby Hill Phase 3
The current phase includes a concept plan for a new Outdoor Recreation Building and adjacent park improvements. Parks and Rec will be conducting public engagement to verify that the current master plan direction is still valid. More info here.
Federal Green Infrastructure
Public Works and CDOT will implement several improvement projects along Federal to create safer environments for pedestrians and transit users, improve water quality flowing to the South Platte River, improve air quality, enhance streetscapes, and create a sense of place that will benefit local businesses, residents and visitors. The design phrase is from fall 2018-fall 2019 with expected construction to begin in spring 2020. To help pay for ongoing maintenance and improved infrastructure, the city will explore creating a Business Improvement District. Get involved and learn more here!
Broadway Bike Lane
The two-way protected bike lane along Broadway will become permanent, connecting the Cherry Creek Trail to S. Broadway businesses and neighborhoods. The project will be designed in 2019 and implementation expected in 2020. A new traffic light with pedestrian crosswalks at 5th Ave. and Broadway and Lincoln is scheduled for installation in late 2019. Learn more here.
Baker Neighborhood Transportation Management Plan
Baker was selected as the second neighborhood to go through the NTMP Action Plan collaboration process due to growth pressure, safety, transportation equity, and multimodal opportunities. The Baker Action Plan will identify and deliver 5-15 specific, near-term transportation and mobility enhancement projects, while highlighting the longer term actions. The NTMP will collect and gather community feedback and ideas on local transportation priorities, issues and enhancements which will inform the 5-15 neighborhood-scale transportation projects to be delivered late Summer/Fall 2019. Learn more about upcoming meetings and provide input here.
Byers and Pecos Park
New playground equipment was installed by volunteers in May 2018. Upcoming project features include accessible walkways, a tot lot with mounding, site furnishings, a picnic shelter, new landscaping including perennials, shrubs, and trees, irrigation, and a concrete basketball court. Construction is anticipated mid-July through November, pending weather.
Alameda 2.0 Project: Safety Improvements
CDOT will install improvements to allow safer and more efficient bike, pedestrian and car connections along Alameda, helping to create a complete multi-modal corridor. Construction is expected to start in 2021 and include:
This year Public Works removed a non-functional bridge near Alameda & Cherokee. Public Works is working with residents to identify needs and connectivity issues. Please visit the website here to provide your input, receive project updates and learn about upcoming meetings!
Broadway Rainbow Crosswalk
Buffalo Exchange Colorado, the Baker Broadway Merchant Association, and Councilwoman Robin Kniech worked with the Lucky District 7 office to install and raise funds for a rainbow crosswalk at Broadway and W Irvington Pl. The project is a visual demonstration of the neighborhood's spirit of inclusiveness and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. The Crosswalk won in the category of “Neighborhood Gem” in the 2018 Mayor’s Design Awards. Learn more about the project here.
Public Works will remove the stairs at Iowa and Santa Fe and create a bikeable and ADA accessible grade-separated path underneath the rail tracks. Improved crossings at Santa Fe and an additional 10 feet of sidewalk along Santa Fe from Jewell to Florida is planned. The project is in the design phase. Construction is expected to begin in 2019.
Bringing together neighbors and businesses, the Broadway Halloween Parade is a new annual tradition started by Councilman Clark. Stretching from 5th to Alameda, the parade shuts down Broadway and features dozens of spooky non-profit and organization floats. Hunderds of volunteers and businesses contribute to make the parade a huge success. To learn more including sponsorship options visit broadwayhalloweenparade.com.
Parks & Rec and Public Works analyzed the projects suggested by the community and narrowed down the list based on feasibility. The projects with the most votes that will be implemented are:
Valverde Stormwater Project
To improve flood protection and address safety concerns for pedestrians, crews will begin the work on the Valverde Ditch Storm Drain in Dec. Project construction is expected be completed by summer 2020. Sign up to receive updates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information here.
Pedestrian Improvements at Tejon & Alameda
Neighbors created a pop-up demonstration to show how different traffic-calming measures can help reduce vehicle speeds and make it safer for people to walk and bike along S. Tejon from W. Nevada Pl. to W. Mississippi Ave. Councilman Clark with Mayor Hancock, Councilman Clark, DPS School Board Member Angela Cobian, school leaders, and Public Works agreed to collaborate on a safer crossing by agreeing to:
Elevate Denver Bond (formerly 2017 G.O. Bond)
The Elevate Denver Bond Program is a 10-year, $937 million general obligation bond approved by voters in 2017 to enhance the City and County of Denver by providing critical citywide improvements to the infrastructure. Full project list and more information can be found here.
Jewell/Evans Station Bike/Pedestrian Bridge
A pedestrian/bike bridge at Jewell Ave across the railway, landing near the southeast edge of Overland Golf Course will allow eastern neighborhoods like Overland and Platt Park access to the South Platte River Trail and the Evans Light Rail Station. The bridge design is included in the first issuance of bond projects. Learn more here.
La Lomita Design & Construction
The La Lomita Park final design is completed! This project includes water quality improvements, grading and earthwork, more native vegetation, a new play area with nature play components and more. The existing basketball course and sidewalks will remain in place. Construction is anticipated to begin the second week of July and should be completed by summer 2020.
Godsman Park Tennis Courts
Based on survey results from the neighborhood, Parks & Rec has determined that the best use of the space is one new tennis court and one new full-size basketball court to accommodate different types of recreation. A seating/gathering area has been added to the project scope along with new fencing and a new sidewalk connection along Zuni St. from Arkansas to Florida Ave.
Final designs are expected by May 2020, with construction beginning at the end of 2020.