Denver’s Council District 3 is the heart of West and Southwest Denver. The district is comprised of 8 neighborhoods consisting of Villa Park, Barnum, Barnum West, Westwood, Mar Lee, Athmar Park, Valverde, and Ruby Hill (Godsman). Despite its close proximity and connectivity to downtown, each neighborhood has its own community feel; families gathered in backyard barbecues, youngsters rehearsing for quincerñeras, children chasing the ringing bells of paleteros, and elders enjoying it all from their porch. From many of our neighborhood amenities and the newly completed West Rail Line, one can enjoy the beautiful views of the Denver Skyline as well as the majestic Rocky Mountains. West Denver is home to many different cultural communities, which is best exemplified by the many unique mom and pop shops that line Federal Boulevard including some of the finest, authentic Asian and Mexican cuisine and shopping found in the city. You’ll hear music from every car, singing from every home, and while biking through Morrison Road, you’ll see unique artwork on every corner.
With a plan of transforming a once dangerous abandoned trailer park and bar, Councilman Paul López directed city officials and community leaders to think big and transform the then-blighted land into the City’s newest and first park in 30 years in West Denver. Overwhelming community participation by children and adults, led to a successful design of the new park that will honor the diversity and rich cultures of Westwood/ Barnum through the medicine wheel, an Indigenous philosophy of the Americas that unites people from the Four Winds. Through a variety of funding streams, including two successful grant applications, the total budget for the park is one million dollars ($1,000,000). Construction will start this spring, and with the grand opening in early fall.
Although the community design process is complete, residents can participate by visiting our office to sign the official petition, formally naming the new park located on W. Alameda as “Cuatro Vientos/ Four Winds” Park in honor of the unity of the people of West Denver who come from every direction of the earth.
A victory for the entire city was won right in the alleys of the Westside, after decades of frustration, legal obstacles, and failed efforts. Infamous “private” alleys started to be paved throughout Denver in 2012. An eyesore and safety hazard, these alleys have been a burden on residents and the City.
Since taking office in 2007, Councilman López has fiercely championed this cause, working closely with the Vidal and Hancock administrations. Mayor Hancock included the alley paving in both the 2012 and 2013 budgets. Of the 180 eligible alleys in Denver, 44 are in District 3; the first phase of paving included paving14 of the 44 eligible alleys in District 3.
On August 24th, Councilman López along with Mayor Hancock, Councilwoman Shepherd, and other community leaders broke ground on the new Westside Library Branch at the old Avondale shopping center, located on Colfax and Irving. This new state-of-the-art library was approved by Denver voters in 2007 through the Better Denver Bond program.
This will be a game changer for West Denver,” Councilman López said at the ground breaking ceremony. The library is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014.
Starting in the spring of next year, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in partnership with the City and County of Denver and Colorado Bridge Enterprise, will replace five bridges along US 6, starting with Federal Boulevard and going east. This will be the largest CDOT project in the entire state which, along with the replacements, will include a new pedestrian bridge to connect Barnum Park to Barnum Park North.
Other improvements that we can look forward to include additional park space in Barnum Park East and improved entrance access to US 6 going east from Federal. Our office will continue to work with CDOT to ensure that many of those jobs come to the residents of the neighborhoods that will be most affected.
As always, this is dangerous work and CDOT would like to remind motorists to obey all construction signs, flaggers and to “Slow for the Cone Zone.”
Federal Boulevard reconstruction, between Alameda and 5th Avenue, is scheduled to be complete in January of 2013.
The corridor is wider including adequate sidewalks for pedestrian travel and concrete that replaced asphalt, making it more durable. The utilities have gone underground and traffic lights have been replaced at 1stand 2nd Avenue. Medians are also in place and will be planted in the spring, giving a new aesthetic appeal to Federal Boulevard.
Councilman López encourages all to keep supporting our local businesses that continue to make the Westside one-of-a-kind. For more information, contact the project line at (720) 215-1918.