By Greg Davis, City Park Alliance
On December 15th, Denver City Council unanimously approved Council Bill 0941 (CB-14-0941) granting a certificate of designation to operate the waste to energy system at the Denver Zoo. The topic of the waste to energy system has been a hot button with local neighbors who are concerned about the aesthetic of the new building housing the waste gasification system.
Denver Zoo has committed to making improvements to the south façade and will be gathering public comment on the matter. However, why wait for this formal process to start. Let’s get some public input now to support this process now.
Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez had an interesting perspective during the December 15th Council Session noting that the south side of the zoo begs for public art. He framed his comment by stating that “I’m not talking about the horse, from D.I.A., but kind of I am.” I can really appreciate that sentiment. My interpretation of that statement is maybe the horse is not a design to replicate, but City Park could be a great place to incorporate a similarly iconic work of art. That said, maybe what City Park needs is something less historic or subdued. …Or maybe we can find that perfect blend of historic, natural, inspiring, and iconic.
Take a look at the following pictures for reference, leave a comment in the blog, and let your voice be heard!
Andrew Rowan, Government Affairs & Special Projects Manager for the Denver Zoological Foundation, provided these renderings noting how the current perimeter fence could be beautified.
This rendering provided by the Denver Zoo notes a potential aesthetic solution to part of the Waste to Energy (W2E) Building. This idea would carry the architectural steel idea used as a topper for the perimeter fence into the “windows” of the W2E building and beautify the small portion of the fence between Gate 15 and the building.
Your opinion matters. What do you think should be done to improve the look of the W2E building and associated Toyota Elephant Passage complex as it abuts City Park?