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.
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.
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.
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.
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.