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Mayor and Council President Release Project List for 2017 Bond

City Council begins deliberations this month

DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City Council President Albus Brooks and President Pro Tem Jolon Clark today released a revised general obligation bond project list. Council members begin their deliberations this month and are expected to refer the full package of essential infrastructure improvements to the November ballot in August.

Since receiving final project recommendations from the Executive Stakeholder Committee last month, the Mayor has worked closely with Council leadership to adjust the list to ensure it balances needs in all areas of the city.

The package includes 460 projects valued at $937 million, with the biggest portion dedicated to one of the city’s biggest challenges: transportation and mobility.

“These investments will allow us to repair roads and bridges, improve parks, playgrounds and rec centers, upgrade our police and fire stations, and enhance our libraries, cultural centers and Denver Health Medical Center,” Mayor Hancock said. “Working together with Council leadership, we built on the excellent ideas of the community and stakeholder committees, and adjusted them to provide maximum benefit to people and neighborhoods in all areas of the city.”

“This package was developed with an unprecedented level of community involvement and is something we can all be really proud of – because we shaped it together,” the Mayor said. “I look forward to continuing this partnership with Council and the community in the months ahead.”

Since late last year, the public has provided more than 4,000 ideas, suggestions and comments regarding possible bond projects.

“The 2017 Bond process has been incredibly transparent and inclusive," Council President Brooks said. “I'm grateful to the people of Denver who have participated in the process from the start until this point.” 

The updated list released today includes:

  • 290 transportation projects, such as investments in pedestrian, bicycle and transit networks; multimodal roadway improvements; and street repairs and repaving;
  • 97 parks projects, including repairs and improvements at existing recreation centers and parks and the construction of a new recreation center to serve West Denver;
  • 32 public safety projects, including building one new fire station and repairing run-down police and fire stations citywide;
  • 7 projects at arts and cultural centers, including a new animal hospital at the Denver Zoo and improvements to Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Performing Arts Complex, the Denver Art Museum and Red Rocks;
  • Library renovation projects, including improvements to Denver’s flagship Downtown Central Library and to branches across Denver; and
  • A new outpatient care center at Denver Health Medical Center.

In June, the Executive Stakeholder Committee made their final project recommendations to the Mayor after more than 90 hours of meetings held from March to June.

The city began the GO bond process in 2016 by engaging the Denver community in a conversation about the enhancements they want in their neighborhoods and throughout the city. With six public meetings, a map-based online tool, City Council engagement and comment cards located at libraries and recreation centers, the city received more than 3,000 investment ideas. The stakeholder phase of the GO bond process saw an additional 1,000+ emails from residents advocating for projects and each stakeholder committee meeting featured a public comment period. 

City Council will hold two public “committee of the whole” meetings July 17 and 24 to review each project with city staff. Council will then meet Aug. 7 and 14 to consider the final package.

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