Updates from around the District
It has been a busy time in the District! Here is a recap of the updates I have been giving to Neighborhood Associations about some of the things that I have been working on.
1. Please get involved in Denveright. Go to the website and fill out the survey, check back early and often for new surveys. Attend one of the five meetings happening now, and look for meetings to come. This process will inform four major citywide plans, and this is your chance to have a voice. denveright.com
2. Emerald Ash Borer funding was continued in the 2017 budget. One third of street ash trees were treated in 2016, one third will be treated in 2017, and the last third in 2018. Funding to plant 5,000 new street trees is in the budget again next year, so if you have room for a tree in your tree lawn, please sign up! Learn more here: beasmartash.org
3. Improvements are coming (finally!) to east-west connectivity at Iowa. The stairs and path along the underpass will be upgraded so that there are no stairs and the path is both ADA compliant and bikeable. There will also be improved waiting areas for pedestrians and bikes on both sides of Santa Fe, improvements to signal timing and crosswalk striping, and the five foot attached sidewalk along Santa Fe will be converted to a 15 foot wide multiuse trail. Design starts in 2017, construction in 2018.
4. The Levitt Pavilion ground breaking is scheduled for November 10th at 10:00 am. The Pavilion will be completed in summer of 2017 and will provide 50 free concerts a year to ensure that all Denver residents have free access to the arts. More information at: http://levittdenver.org/
5. The Mayor released his first draft of the 2017 budget, and after two weeks of budget hearings, Council met to vote on proposed amendments to the budget. Those amendments are now in the Mayor’s hands, and soon he will release a second draft of the budget which Council will then vote on in a couple weeks. Among the things that council asked for are 1) 2 additional compost routes to continue to role out the compost program citywide, 2) $500,000 more for vision zero efforts to make Denver safer for pedestrians, 3) An FTE in Excise and Licenses dedicated to enforcement on the new Short Term Rental license, and 4) 50,000 to double the Urban Arts Fund used to pay local artists to create murals in graffiti hotspots to deter graffiti, create a sense of place, and increase the public art in our community.
6. Thanks to requests and input from constituents, a new light is installed and working at Logan and Ohio. I also worked with constituents to get a new four way stop at Exposition and Clarkson, Pearl and Arkansas, Warren and Bryant, and Grant and Arizona in addition to others around schools and high traffic pedestrian areas. Traffic engineering looked at requests for safer pedestrian crossing around the Wizard’s Chest on Broadway with more kids and families trying to cross and get to that store. A new light at both Lincoln and Broadway at 5th has been approved, but it has been taking over two years to get these lights installed. The 2017 budget does have money for a second machine for installing these lights which will help get them in quicker. Do you live near an intersection that needs a safety improvement? Let me know, so I can advocate to Public Works on your behalf!
7. I have been working with Denver Police District 4 on the dangerous street racing that has been such a problem along Federal and through our neighborhoods. DPD has been deploying extra resources including the police helicopter over the past three weekends. They have confiscated cars, made arrests, and worked hard to get this under control. I will continue working with them on this difficult and dangerous problem.
Let me know what you are seeing in the district that needs some help, and I will get to work on it.
Volunteers Needed for Project Homeless Connect
Denver’s Road Home is issuing a call for more than 600 volunteers for the annual Project Homeless Connect. Project Homeless Connect 15 is a free, one-day event that is open to people of all ages who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless. During the event, volunteers are paired with individuals and families to help ensure the participant is able to access all of the resources available at the event such as basic medical or dental exams, legal help, employment advice, food, medical and other assistance benefits, hygiene bags, haircuts, clothing, school supplies and other community-provided services.
This year, the event will take place on Thursday, November 3 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center. Those interested in signing up to volunteer for the event can do so online at www.bit.ly/denverphc.
Leaf Drop 2016 Dates and Locations
Are your trees shedding their summer leaves? If so, bring them to a leaf drop location so they can be composted into mulch and fertilizer for our parks and open spaces.
Weekdays from 8-2:
Cherry Creek Transfer Station: 7301 E Jewell
Weekends from 11-3:
South High School: Louisiana Avenue and Franklin Street
Kennedy High School: Newland Street and Brown Place
PS- You can drop your Pumpkin off after Halloween as well!
For more information, please visit www.denvergov.org/leafdrop
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Neighborhood Association Meetings in District 7
Please note that standing meeting dates may change due to holidays etc. Please check with the organization's website or sign up for their newsletter for any changes or updates.
4th Tuesday of the month
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Valverde Presbyterian Church
430 South Tejon Street
Baker Historic Neighborhood Association Meeting
2nd Tuesday of the month
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hirschfeld Tower - 333 W Ellsworth Ave, Denver, CO 80223
College View Neighborhood Association
October 18th. 7:00PM
College View Recreation Center
2525 S Decatur Street, Denver CO
Overland Park Neighborhood Association
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Studios at Overland Crossing
2205 S Delaware St
Platt Park People’s Association
Ruby Hill- Godsman Neighborhood Association
October 18th. 6:00PM
Garden Park Church
1755 South Zuni Street
Valverde Neighborhood Association
October 19th. 6:00 PM
Barnum Recreation Center
360 Hooker Street
West Wash Park Neighborhood Meeting
1st Tuesday of each month
6:30 pm – 8:30 PM
Washington Street Community Center, 809 South Washington Street
Denver Police Department District 3
1st Tuesday of each month
District 3 Station
1625 S University Blvd
Denver Police Department District 4
2nd Wednesday of the month
Odd months 9:00 AM
Even Months 6:00 PM
2100 South Clay Street