Kendra Black

 

Upcoming Events

OCT 23 | High Line Canal Tree Planting in University Hills | 1 - 4 PM
Be part of enhancing the Canal’s tree canopy! 175 new trees going in this fall. This is an exciting opportunity for community members to take part in the largest tree planting effort on the Canal since 1990. By participating in the tree planting events, you can have a hands-on role in enhancing the ecological health of the Canal and ensuring the corridor’s canopy is revitalized for generations to come. Click here to register. Learn more here.


OCT 24 | Denver Art Museum Martin Building Reopening | 11 AM
The Denver Art Museum will reopen its expanded and reimagined campus to the public with a free general admission day unveiling all eight levels of its iconic Gio Ponti-designed Lanny & Sharon Martin Building (formerly the North Building) and the new Anna & John J. Sie Welcome Center. Learn more here.


OCT 26 | YMCA Redevelopment Open House | 5:30 - 7 PM | Virtual & In-Person (2625 S Colorado Blvd)
The YMCA is in the early planning stages to modernize their campus to better meet the growing needs of the community – child care, teen programs, youth sports, senior activities and wellness programs in an environmentally friendly way. Join YMCA staff to learn about their plans. **Only 75 in-person slots available.** RSVP Required. You can also join virtually via Zoom by registering online.


OCT 27 | DISTRICT 4 TOWN HALL | 5:30 - 7:30 PM | HEBREW EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE (3600 S IVANHOE ST)
Join us for an in-person town hall with an open house format where residents can talk directly with experts to ask questions. Presentations include district updates from Councilwoman Black, a presentation from Southeast Mobility Hubs, and an update on encampments from Department of Safety's Armando Saldate. Other guests/topics include the Denver Police Department, Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) Program, Skate Park, Near Southeast Area Plan, Wellshire driving range and drainage update, Kennedy Golf Course master plan and more. There will be pizza!
The Hebrew Educational Alliance REQUIRES ALL ATTENDEES TO WEAR MASKS in their building. 


NOV 3 | Mobility Improvements on Buchtel and around the Colorado Light Rail Station - University Neighborhoods Safer Streets Project | 5 - 7:30 PM

Join Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) to learn about proposed safety improvements along Buchtel Boulevard between Downing and Colorado Blvd, as well as the intersections at Colorado & Evans, Ash & Evans and Birch & Evans. Join this virtual public meeting to learn about the projects and to share your ideas and concerns. Join the meeting at bit.ly/UniSaferStreetsPubMtg_01


DEC 9 | Senior Holiday Lunch | 11:30 AM - 1 PM | Wellshire Event Center (3333 S Colorado Blvd)
Join Councilwoman Black and her staff for afternoon lunch and entertainment from the Denver Municipal Band to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season! Reservation required! Email kathy.gile@denvergov.org or call 720-337-4444. 

News & Announcements

McWilliams "Dinosaur" Park Improvements
The project includes a new picnic area, new basketball courts and a complete playground replacement, including the refurbishment of the beloved purple dinosaur. Additional improvements include a new sidewalk along Yale and a more efficient irrigation system. The project is anticipated to start construction and will last into the summer of 2022.


Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in Denver - Zoning Code Update 

  • Project webpage: ADUs in Denver
  • Scope: This project aims to implement Blueprint Denver recommendations via an update to the Denver Zoning Code. This project will not change where in the city ADUs are allowed, but will look at how they are designed, how they fit in with different types of neighborhoods and block patterns, and how updates to the zoning code may reduce barriers to creating ADUs.
  • Expected Timeline: Fall 2021 – Winter 2022
  • Current Activities: Join the Community Advisory Committee (sign up here)
  • What can residents do now? Sign up for project updatessubmit an interest form for the Community Advisory Committee or other forms of participation, spread the word to your neighbors.

What is an easy way to improve air quality and your health?
Get out of your car and ride your bike! Join these fun efforts:

  • Ride you bike and get paid for each mile you ride in October. You can earn up to $75! Click here to sign up. Learn  more here.
  • The Go-Tober Challenge is an annual, month-long competition in the Denver region that encourages employees to try different ways of getting to and from work during the month of October. By teleworking, biking, walking, riding the bus or rail, carpooling or vanpooling, employees can help decrease traffic congestion and improve our air quality. Learn more here
  • Make every day Bike to Work Day by taking the 2-mile pledge with Way to Go's partner, Bike Streets. Pledge to ride your bike just 2 miles a week. Build good habits, go places, enjoy the ride and make a difference! Click here to take the pledge.

ON MY WAY! Youth Transportation Program
Free RTD passes for youth between the ages of 13 - 18 who attend Denver Public Schools AND have a MY Denver Card! Just sign up for the 'On MY Way!' Youth Transportation Program, and you can get monthly passes sent straight to your phone and be on your way! Learn more here


Volunteers needed for Denver's Snow Angels Program
Denver's Snow Angels are looking for volunteers to help with snow removal during the 2021-2022 winter season. Please look out for neighbors on your block who could use the extra help this winter season. Click here if you are interested in being a volunteer. 

Policy

Denver City Council is the legislative body of our city government. Council’s duties and powers include policymaking and legislation, approving changes to the Denver Zoning Code, approving the budget and large contracts, representing our constituents, and advocating for our council districts. Individual council members can pursue policies as can the entire council. 

Councilwoman Black’s legislative priorities include sustainability and waste reduction, addressing homelessness and increasing housing options, improving safety and mobility options for all residents, increasing our green spaces and improving parks and trails, and working toward a more inclusive and equitable city.

City Council’s 2022 Budget priorities include:

  1. Improve community engagement and customer service to support residents navigating city services, resources and accessibility including language access.
  2. Increase affordable housing options and support for those experiencing homelessness throughout our city. Mitigate and reduce involuntary displacement of community members and businesses.
  3. Reframe safety in a public health, evidence-based and anti-racist approach with community investment to ensure safe and healthy neighborhoods.
  4. Encourage innovation and prioritize the recovery and sustainability of local businesses, our workforce and community organizations.
  5. Protect our natural environment through policy and invest in communities to combat climate change.
  6. Increase complete multimodal transportation connections throughout the city.

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