Area Door Stickers: “Protect Larimer Square?”

“Protect Larimer Square” is a campaign launched by Urban Villages, the Developer that proposed adding two towers to Larimer Square in 2018, which landed Larimer Square on the National Trust’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list last year. 

 

Urban Villages has since shelved that plan, but also has also discussed ideas for buildings behind Larimer Square in the Lower Downtown Historic District. LoDo, like Larimer Square, was very intentionally protected with a human-scale height limit that keeps the historic buildings out of the bulls-eye and ensures that the district retains its context, even as downtown rises around it.

Seeking to amend the historic district protections or the height standards would have impacts beyond a single site or building, and could impact all of LoDo as well as the city’s other carefully protected districts.

 

Historic Denver’s Larimer Square FAQs and Petition

(Thanks to Annie Levinsky, Executive Director, Historic Denver, and former CPA Board member, for the write up.)

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Redevelopment of the small playground area on the east side of City Park

Denver Parks and Recreation is working with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to create “nature play” space in City Park

The recently completed City Park Master Plan calls for the replacement of the small playground on the east side of City Park, just south of the Museum. Denver Parks and Recreation announced a partnership with DMNS to redevelop the small playground area.

DMNS has launched a Nature Play survey to gather input to help inform the concept and design of natural play spaces in City Park. What makes nature, science and play meaningful to you?

Take the DMNS Nature Play Survey

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We have a new Board of Directors

Visit our list of new directors.

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Greater & Greener is the Premiere International Urban Parks Conference

Greater & Greener 2019: Exploring Natural Connections is presented by City Parks Alliance, the only independent, nationwide membership organization dedicated solely to urban parks. The conference will bring together more than 1,000 leaders from parks and recreation, public works, transportation, city planning and other municipal agencies, mayors, advocacy and funding organizations, community leaders, designers and landscape architects, real estate developers and other stakeholders involved in city building.

For more than a decade, Greater & Greener has been the leading international conference for urban park leaders, city planning and design professionals, public officials, advocates, funders, and innovators to explore the role of parks and recreation in addressing some of the biggest challenges facing 21st Century cities. The highly curated sessions, workshops, and tours facilitate an honest dialogue around solutions, cross-sector and peer-to-peer networking, and tools for building successful park partnerships.

Greater & Greener 2019: Exploring Natural Connections comes to Denver, CO, July 20-24. The Denver metropolitan region is one of the fastest growing in the U.S., due in part, to the city’s ongoing commitment to an outdoor urban lifestyle. The entire city is our venue as historic vision and modern execution of the Denver park system provide first-hand examples of urban park planning, partnerships, design, and programming.

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Denver Municipal Band Concert

Photo of the City Park Bandshell during a Denver Municipal Band concert.

Friday, May 31, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

For more information, visit denvermunicipalband.org

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The staple of the Denver Municipal Band (DMB) activity remains the “century plus” tradition of summer concerts. Presented in accessible parks settings, these performances encourage family gatherings and are performed by the area’s leading professional players. Many of the musicians also play with other fine ensembles such as the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, Opera Orchestras, Denver Brass, and the Queen City Jazz Band.

The Denver Municipal Band is re-establishing the year round activity it enjoyed in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition to the full forty-piece concert band, the DMB family of ensembles includes a 17- piece jazz band, jazz combo, brass band, plus woodwind and brass quintets. These smaller groups regularly present concerts in schools and community centers.

Please Note

The annual Ice Cream Social that has been associated in the past with the Denver Municipal Band season-opening concert will resume in 2020.

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New Sidewalk Construction on Colorado Boulevard

New Sidewalk Construction on Colorado Boulevard Starting April 1, 2019, Temporary Closure of RTD Stop Starting March 28.

On Thursday, March 28, the RTD bus stop at 26th and Colorado will close, as crews begin prep work to install new sidewalk on the west side of Colorado Boulevard from 23rd to 26th Avenues.

Along Colorado Boulevard, the RTD stops at 29th Avenue and just south on 23rd Avenue will remain open.

Beginning Monday, April 1, sidewalk installation will start, requiring one southbound lane to close on Colorado Boulevard along that stretch to accommodate equipment and safety of crews. Work is expected to take about two weeks, weather permitting.

The public’s patience and cooperation during construction is greatly appreciated.

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The Densification of Denver: A must read for those who love City Park

A three-part Denver Post series by Bruce Finley

Synopsis

As development eats away at Denver’s green space, the “city within a park” is becoming a concrete metropolis.

More than a century ago, Denver’s leaders — inspired by the City Beautiful movement — built toward the ideal of a “city within a park.” But the last 20 years have seen immense change, as Denver’s population has exploded and developers cover more and more of the city’s remaining nature. Green space per capita is decreasing in the Mile High City as leaders sign off and developers transform urban environment.

In the series

  • Part 1: Green space disappearing in Denver faster than in other cities.
  • Part 2: Residents facing green space crunch seek room to roam.
  • Part 3: Push to regain green space faces obstacles of environment, equity.

The Denver Post’s analysis found

  • Green space in Denver is disappearing faster than in most other cities, with paved-over cover increasing from 19 percent of the city in 1974 to 48 percent in 2018 (not including Denver International Airport), federal and city data show. Up to 69 percent of the city is expected to be paved or covered by 2040. Only New York and a few mega cities exceed that level of what planners call “imperviousness.”
  • Denver ranks nearly last among major U.S. cities, including New York, in park space as a percentage of total area. It also ranks nearly last in park acres per resident.
  • City leaders are overriding residents’ desire for increased green space as they sign off on more high-density development.
  • The dwindling of nature in Denver could lead to potentially overwhelming increases in stormwater runoff, and is causing worsening heat-wave impacts and likely hurting residents’ physical and mental health.
  • The situation has reached a point that clashes with the “green” images Denver economic development officials project to promote growth, tourism and the outdoor recreation industry.

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