In September 2016, we held our Visioning series and gathered ideas of what SE Denver residents want in our community. Over 1500 participated in the online survey and 300 attended our two workshops. SE residents love our corner of Denver, but want it to be more walkable, with local restaurants, retail and gathering places for people to meet and linger. These ideas will shape a vision for our area of the city and guide the work of the District 4 Council office.
We now have 4 working groups, comprised of community members who wanted to stay involved with our office. Each group focuses on key aspects that need improvement in our district. The groups brainstorm solutions, use their own connections and come up with creative ways to achieve our goals. Learn more about each working group below!
We also enlisted the help of our working groups to plan our inaugural pop-up community festival, South by Southeast (SxSE) that was held on August 19, 2017 in Bible Park. We couldn't have done it without our great volunteers and work group members!
Now in its 3rd year, South by Southeast has grown to include more amenities desired by the community. Visit the South by Southeast page for more information about this year's event.
Arts & Culture Facilities & Public Art
Business Improvement District (BID) & Traffic Safety Advocacy
Research and understand the BID formation process, and collaborate with mobility groups (WalkDenver, BikeDenver, Bicycle Colorado & Transportation Solutions) to advocate for improved traffic safety measures in southeast Denver.
For more info, contact email@example.com.
Municipal Golf Facilities
Short-term: Refocus the efforts of our two golf facilities (Wellshire & Kennedy) to be more inclusive to the entire community.
Long-term: Attract investors to operate a public restaurant at the Wellshire Golf Course & Event Center (3333 S Colorado Blvd).
For more info, contact Genevieve.Kline@denvergov.org.
Hampden is an important east-west corridor in southeast Denver supporting businesses, restaurants, and retail shops. This state highway transports 90k vehicles per day and incidentally sees a high rate of vehicle crashes. Beginning in 2017, the City & CDOT conducted a study to address safety and mobility concerns along the corridor. Upon completion, pedestrian and vehicle safety were identified as the top priorities. This year, CDOT will repave Hampden and construct medians east of Monaco. The designs are not yet finalized, but we expect multiple intersections will receive pedestrian refuges and signals. Phase 2 improvements will likely include a signal at Verbena and a placemaking median at Monaco. Additionally, I am working to establish a Southmoor Business Association that could someday become a Business Improvement District for Hampden to provide additional resources for improvements like streetscaping, art, placemaking, and marketing.
For more information, visit denvergov.org/hampdenave.
The Southmoor Light Rail Station presents significant potential for improved amenities and land use, but it's current configuration is ill-disposed to the kind of public space that neighborhood residents say they would like in the area. For more information, visit Denver's Southmoor Station TOD page.
Our Southmoor Station Visioning meetings were a great success with hundreds of participants who shared their ideas: You want “local”, “neighborhood-feel”, and “suburban/urban”, restaurants, community spaces, and housing choices like townhomes. You don’t want big box stores, national chains or office buildings. Read the full letter from Councilwoman Kendra Black (PDF).
S Colorado Blvd is a car-oriented, state highway built for cars in the 1950s. It is dominated by commercial uses, but has residential neighborhoods, multi-family, and senior housing adjacent to the commercial corridor. There are no medians, or pedestrian refuges, and sidewalks are either missing or lacking along the 2.3 mile stretch. On February 20, my office held a "SoCo" Visioning & Pop-up Beer Garden event at the Wellshire Event Center. Participants overwhelmingly love the character and identity of the neighborhoods surrounding the corridor but need improved mobility options and proper use of the land to access and support their favorite assets.
Evans Ave from I-25 to Quebec is a mess with an overabundance of storage facilities and random development. It’s ugly, unfriendly and not walkable. At one end, the area near the Colorado Station has the potential to be remade into a community-oriented, walkable neighborhood with human-scaled businesses. At the other end, a reimagined K-Mart could transform the area around Monaco and Evans. CPD has begun the preliminary work around a “Near Southeast” neighborhood plan that will include East Evans and provide us the opportunity to develop a vision and plan for an improved East Evans Avenue.
My staff and I have significantly increased the amount of Public Art in southeast Denver. View the projects below for more information.
Our Arts & Culture working group helps identify possible public art opportunities in the district, runs the community art project at SxSE, and champions and promotes art & culture in Council District 4. My staff and I have significantly increased the amount of Public Art in southeast Denver. View the projects below for more information.
To join the group or to provide art project ideas, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A mural on the west side of the I-25/High Line Canal trail tunnel was painted by father and son muralists, Jerry and Jay Jaramillo. They will paint another mural on the east side of the tunnel in 2018, continuing the High Line Canal theme from the west side.
Continuing the Art Bus Shelter project, students designed a mural for the bus shelter retaining wall. At our 2017 South by Southeast festival, community members painted tiles to create the mural design. The tiles will be installed on the retaining wall this summer.
Art, in the form of animals on a colorful background, was installed on nine traffic utility boxes on Colorado Blvd. from Hampden to Evans. The animal art proposal was submitted by local artist, Andrew Woodward, when we solicited ideas for the Mayor's Imagine 2020 Council District Challenge in 2017.
View more pictures of the boxes
Cherry Creek III Neighborhood President, Don Ireland, had a vision to brighten this off-ramp for drivers arriving to Denver. Don raised the funds, selected the artist and--with the help of his wife, Lynne--landscaped the area with native plants.
Shoemaker School teacher, Annie Holyfield, and her K/1 students painted a mural about the birds that live on the Cherry Creek Path that runs through their school property. It is a beautiful reminder of the space they share with the natural world in the hopes that our community will keep it safe and clean for all living things.