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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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.

Continue reading

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Construction Advisory: New Traffic Signals on E 23rd Ave

Installation of New Traffic Signals

Starting Monday, January 14, 2019, work crews will install new traffic signals on E 23rd Avenue at the new entrance to the golf course, which is across from the main entrance to the Denver Zoo.

Aerial photo of City Park Golf Course under construction with overlay circle showing intersection at entrance to new Golf Course across from the Zoo entrance.

Aerial photo of City Park Golf Course under construction

 

Expect Minor Delays

Expect minor delays from January 14 to January 25 while crews install utilities for the new traffic signals. Workers will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction on E 23rd Avenue during this two-week period. Crews will work on the north side of E 23rd Avenue from January 14 to January 18, 2019, and then will continue work on the south side of E 23rd Avenue the following week. The sidewalk on the south side of E 23rd Avenue and the entrance to the Denver Zoo will remain open during this time. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic.

Once installation of the utilities for the traffic signals is complete, crews will reconfigure the center traffic island and traffic lanes, construct new curbs, gutters and pedestrian ramps, and install the new traffic signals. This street work is expected to last throughout the month of February 2019. Details regarding traffic control for this phase of construction will be forthcoming.

RTD will close the bus stops at the Zoo entrance for both east and west bound buses (Route 32) for the duration of the construction. The other stops along E 23rd Avenue between Colorado Boulevard and York Street will remain open, per RTD.

City Park Golf Course Redesign – Contact Information

CPGCRedesign.org
303-386-9150
TTY: 720-512-7257

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Dustin Redd Playground Survey and Final Open House

Denver Parks and Recreation wants your ideas and feedback for the design of a new City Park playground.

  • The online survey remains open through November 30.
  • A final open house event at the Carla Madison Recreation Center on December 15.

City Park’s Dustin Redd Playground Open House

Join Denver Parks and Recreation for the unveiling of the preferred concept for Dustin Redd Playground. This is an opportunity for the community to provide final input on the design.

Public Open House #3
Saturday, December 15, 2018
10:00am – 12:00pm
Carla Madison Recreation Center Multipurpose Room, 2401 E. Colfax Ave.

 

 

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