Mar 5, 2019
Yesterday, the City and County of Denver launched a month-long community outreach process to engage residents in capital planning around the Six-Year Capital Improvement Plan and the recently approved parks funding measure. Residents are encouraged to offer input through comment cards in all libraries and recreation centers, through online surveys and during five upcoming town halls.
“Collaborative planning is integral to successfully identifying our neighborhoods’ infrastructure needs now and into the future,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “By planning alongside our residents, we’re hearing directly from them about the kind of assets they’d like to see in their neighborhoods and across the city.”
The Six-Year Capital Improvement Plan serves as Denver’s foundation for investment decisions for capital projects, including everything from libraries and fire stations, to bridges and bike lanes, parks, playgrounds and more. Roughly $165 million is allocated to capital infrastructure annually. In 2018, voters overwhelmingly approved Ballot Measure 2A, a 0.25 percent sales tax dedicated to the improvement and expansion of Denver parks. Denver Parks and Recreation, in coordination with the Department of Finance, is seeking input from residents on the investment framework for the new funding.
“The additional tax fund for parks, combined with existing funding, will create new opportunities to realize the department’s 20-year visioning document, Game Plan for a Healthy City,” said Happy Haynes, Executive Director of Parks and Recreation. “We look forward to the publics’ input in helping us define the framework for these resources.”
In mid-March, residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on park projects as well as other capital projects during five town halls across the city:
These outreach tactics mimic the successful community engagement efforts for other largescale programs like Denveright, which connected with thousands of residents, and the Elevate Denver Bond Program, where over 4,000 public comments informed the nearly billion-dollar program. Denver Parks and Recreation is also building on momentum, after being selected to receive one of ten $40,000 grants as part of the 10-Minute Walk campaign on behalf of the National Recreation and Park Association, The Trust for Public Land and the Urban Land Institute. This funding will be used to support city planning and policy efforts that help increase access to high-quality, close-to-home parks and public green space.