City Park Loop Dropped from City Park

Director of Denver Parks and Recreation, Lauri Dannemiller: “We’ve learned quite a bit from this process…”

Denver Parks and Recreation will no longer be constructing the “City Loop” project in City Park.  On March 22, Lauri Dannemiller, Director of Denver Parks and Recreation, addressed a crowded room of stakeholders at the Denver Zoo to note that the City Loop project will not be constructed in City Park.  Denver Parks and Recreation and the City of Denver will look for a new location for the City Loop, but it will not be built in City Park.  Upon making the announcement, the audience, largely supported by the Registered Neighborhood Organizations bordering City Park, cheered loudly in support.    During a ten minute address at the March 22 meeting, Ms. Dannemiller made the following points:

  1. The City Loop will not be built in City Park, but other locations within the city will be considered.

  2. In the short term, safety repairs will be made to the Dustin Redd playground, but over time the costs and effort to maintain the Dustin Redd playground will outpace the costs for replacement.

  3. A volunteer day will take place soon for citizens to get involved in repairing the existing structure.  (A sign-up sheet circulated around the meeting and more details will follow on the City Park Alliance web site).

  4. Denver Parks and Recreation will initiate a process to build a new playground at City Park within 3-5 years.

  5. The construction of the new playground in City Park will include significant stakeholder input early on in the process.

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Stakeholders crowd the room at the Denver Zoo to express their concerns with the City Loop project.

 

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“County Fair” Renamed the “City Park Ice Cream Social”

In 2014, the event known as the “County Fair at City Park and District 8 Ice Cream Social” will be renamed to simply “The City Park Ice Cream Social”.  Several people provided input to The Alliance that the name was confusing because the event didn’t have all of the traditional elements of a county fair such as animals and food competitions.  This confusion was exacerbated by the emergence of the Denver County Fair at the National Western Complex in 2011.

Albus Brooks and the City Council District 8 staff have renewed their support for 2014 and beyond for this event.  We look forward to seeing you on Friday, May 30, 2014, at the City Park Pavillion and Bandshell.  Future event details will be posted at cityparkalliance.org/icecreamsocial.

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Citizen Advocacy Group Opposing City Loop Project

A citizens group formed to oppose the City Loop project in City Park is looking to garner further support for its efforts.  See the City Loop web site for more information.

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Notable Increase in Web Traffic for 2013

The City Park Alliance has owned and operated a web site for several years, and in 2013, apparently the word has been getting out.  Since June of 2013, over 20,000 people have visited cityparkalliance.org.  The most significant traffic this year has been on the Mile High Loop page, which averaged over 100 visitors per day throughout the month of July.  We use these web site statistics to determine what is of interest in the community.  We will continue to strive to provide the most up-to-date information on new projects, events, and current conditions in City Park, and look forward to an even more signifcant increase in exposure in 2014.

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Mile High Loop – Meeting and a Survey

City Park Alliance board members Greg Davis and Mike Fernandez met with Denver Parks East District Field Superintendent Adam Smith to review upcoming plans for the Mile High Loop pedestrian trail.

View this article on the Mile High Loop web site and take a few seconds to provide input on the Mile High Loop through a short survey.

 

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City Park Jazz – 2013 and Beyond – A Brief Interview

With summer coming to an end, it’s time to reflect on some of the highlights from the past few months.  City Park has been evolving into more of a regional park with a particular emphasis on hosting events, and when discussing events at City Park, no event is more historically relevant and revered by residents than City Park Jazz.

City Park Jazz was a huge success in 2013 and plans for 2014 are moving forward to continue this tradition.  10 Sunday concerts featuring performances from artists such as The Hazel Miller Band, AOA, Salsa Con Jazz, and Los Bohemios brought significant crowds to the City Park Pavillion.  City Park Alliance interviewed Chris Zacher, president of City Park Jazz, to reflect on this past year and discuss plans for the future:

Alliance: There have been some ups and downs in the past few years related this event. What do you think worked well in 2013 and what didn’t?

City Park Jazz: The concert series went very well this year.  The only thing that was off a little was the rainy weather. For the first time in a long time, I think that as an organization we can say “Wow that was a pretty awesome summer”.  In the wake of the Celena Hollis shooting, the crowds returned, which is what we needed as a community.  There were no major incidents or major problems this season.  All in all it was a win for the City of Denver. 

Alliance: Are there any concerns or needs moving forward and /or thoughts for 2014?

City Park Jazz: No real concerns moving forward.  2013 was a great year, and we can only hope to duplicate the successes of this year in 2014.  The concert series has been continuing to grow which is good, but with growth comes more expenses and those expenses need the support of the community to cover. 

Alliance: Do you have any thoughts about safety, parking, or circulation?

City Park Jazz: For two years in a row we have been working with Denver Police District 2, Denver Parks & Recreation, and Denver Right-of Way to design safety, traffic, and parking plans prior to the season’s beginning.  These plans have opened up communication with the surrounding residential neighborhoods and reduced the impact of parking in those neighborhoods.  Through DPD and Denver Right of Way’s enforcement of the City of Denver’s parking laws, which are a major piece of the plans, the impact of parking in the surrounding neighborhoods has been reduced.

Alliance: What is needed for 2014 and how people can help?

City Park Jazz: We are always in need of community driven support. City Park Jazz is a free concert series which is not funded by the City of Denver.  We are a private non-profit, and we are always in need of donations and sponsorships to keep the series alive.  Our Board of Directors are all volunteers, and we have no paid staff.  Every dollar that we receive goes back into the concert series for bands, security, trash, and improving the user experience.  The more monetary support that we receive from the community, the longer the series continues on, and the better the experience gets. 

Alliance:  Thank you Chris for your participation.  We look forward to fostering more of a collaborative relationship as we move forward in 2014 and beyond.

For more information or to get involved with City Park Jazz, visit www.cityparkjazz.org.  Alternatively, you can send any concerns or suggestions related to the event to the City Park Alliance at cityparkalliance@gmail.com.

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Repairs Scheduled for the Prismatic Electric Fountain

Visitors to City Park may have noticed that the Prismatic Fountain in Ferril Lake is not quite as grand or as colorful as it has been in the past.  Denver Parks and Recreation has been working on the problem with short-term and long-term solutions that deal with lights and water pressure.

Colleen O’Connor provided further details on the electric fountain in an article to the Denver Post on August 3, 2013.

Further details on the progress of the fountain restoration are provided at Larry’s Electric Fountain Blog.  

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