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Cheesman Park Activities
Auto Free Sunday June 9th
In partnership with the Cheesman Park Advocacy Group (CPAG) and Denver Parks and Recreation, I am pleased to announce the five Cheesman Park auto-free dates for summer 2013, Please note that the auto-free days will now be on the SECOND Sunday of each month on June 9, July 14, August 11, and September 8, Cheesman Park roads will be closed from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm to enhance the pedestrian and biking experience in the park. We encourage your family and friends to come and enjoy the park on bike or on foot. For those of you bringing picnics, chairs, or sporting equipment into the park, off-peak parking is conveniently located along Eighth Avenue on the south edge of the park.
4th of July Parade
The 4th Annual Independence Day Cheesman Park Kids Parade will be on Thursday, July 4, at 9AM.
I am so excited about the community participation in Cheesman Park. We can always use volunteers, sponsors and contributions for the 4th of July Parade. Volunteer events would include bike decorating with kids, helping with set-up and break-down, helping at information booths, handing out water, directing people, and any other overall help needed the day of event. We want the day to be fun for everyone, including volunteers, so the more the merrier! If you are interested in making a contribution, please contact Marilyn Kal-Hagan, Parade chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-587-6720. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our office, 720-337-7710. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation of any amount, that would help make the event even more successful. Checks can be made payable to CPAG & sent to CPAG, PO Box 300368, Denver, CO 80203.
A donation to CPAG from a private family foundation in conjunction with financial support from the City and County of Denver will fund a conceptual design for a new children’s playground in Cheesman Park. This is a joint venture of CPAG, Denver Parks and Recreation and the Council District 10 office. Mundus Bishop Design, a landscape architecture firm, was selected to lead this process.
A group of stakeholders was formed representing, among others, the Children’s Museum, Sewall Child Development Center, the Denver Co-op Preschool, and families around the park. This group has provided Mundus Bishop with initial input on types of play, types of materials, and possible layouts of the play areas including the former lily pond, the 11th Ave. entrance, and the Linden Meadow Alley. Using this input, Mundus Bishop will prepare a conceptual presentation for a public meeting next fall. Public input at that time will lead to a final design. We are excited about the possibilities, but please note: A future fundraising effort will be required as funds are not now available to build a new playground. DeAnne Minner serves as secretary of CPAG’s Board of Directors.
Cheesman Park Reuse Water Line Conversion
Denver Parks has had a contractor in Cheesman Park this past week to complete the reuse water line conversion project. As you are all aware Denver Parks upgraded the entire irrigation system at Cheesman in anticipation of Denver Water bringing reuse water to the park. Denver Water completed the water line into the park over the winter and now Denver Parks has some work to complete as part of this conversion. The contractor will be working on the east side of the park just north of 9th Ave. The work will require the contractor to dig up approximately forty feet of the irrigation infrastructure in order to upsize the pipe in this area and remove the existing backflow that is currently installed at this location. The contractor will also be working on installing a second water meter in the meter vault at this same time. The contractor will be starting work on Thursday of this week and they should be complete with the project by the middle of the next week. This will require that the irrigation system be off for a few days in order to complete the work. I have had made it very clear to the contractor that this works needs to be completed very quickly in order to minimize any impact to the park, both with users and water supply.
Please note that dogs should not drink the recycled water!
Denver Municipal Band Performance: Sunday, August 11th, 6:30PM. More details to come!
More Parking for Capitol Hill
People who live, work, and play in the Capitol Hill and Cheesman Park neighborhoods are going to be noticing a change this summer along a stretch of 13th Avenue. Denver Public Works will be adding parking along the south side of 13th from Marion to Clarkson. The new parking lane will provide a buffer for pedestrians who utilize the sidewalk on the south side of the street and help meet a critical need for additional parking in the neighborhoods. This parking will be an extension of the parking that was added along the south side of 13th Avenue from Detroit to Marion a few years back. Adding the parking lane for a five-block stretch west of Marion will reduce the number of travel lanes from 3 to 2, improve parking conditions in the area, and enhance the pedestrian environment along the south side of 13th Avenue.
Civic Center Outdoor Eats in the Park
From June 4th- September 26th, Denver’s Civic Center Park will host Civic Center Outdoor Eats on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. Sponsored by Denver Parks and Recreation and the Civic Center Conservancy, this is the largest gathering of food trucks in metro Denver, so stop by and grab some lunch because admission is free!
The event will begin at 11am and end at 2pm, and will contain a wide array of food, including Asian, Mediterranean, Latin, BBQ, sweets, pizza, sandwiches, salads, and soups. Proceeds will go to support revitalization efforts of Civic Center Park. There is something for everyone to enjoy!
There are no Civic Center Eats on July 4th, August 29th, and September 3rd.
We’ll see you there!
The Ongoing Denver Cultural Plan
- Imagine 2020 and Denver Arts & Venues
On March 22nd, Denver Arts & Venues launched a citywide process to develop the new cultural plan for the city of Denver.
Many cities across the country have a cultural plan – Austin, Minneapolis, Phoenix, London, Chicago – and Denver has even had one too, which was completed in 1989 (see attached). Called Imagine 2020, Denver’s new plan will guide our cultural and creative development for the next seven years and beyond.
The public input period is March through May 2013. Stay tuned for public meeting dates throughout the City.
View the original Cultural Plan here