June 2016

Mary Beth's Memo

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June 2
Cafe Steep
4100 E 8th Ave

June 9
Centerpoint West Community Room
Centerpoint Community Center
595. S Clinton St
To be staffed by my aide

June 16
Einstein Bros Bagels  
Lowry Town Center
REMINDER: City and County of Denver offices will be closed on July 4th in observance of Independence Day.
REMINDER: There will be no City Council meeting on Monday, June 6.
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Two weeks ago I attended the kickoff of Denveright, the City’s just launched community-driven process that challenges the City and Denver residents to help shape how our city evolves in four key areas. Over the next few weeks and months the city will begin to develop four coordinated citywide plans guided by input from community members that will chart the course of the Mile High City over the next 20 years. It will also help to identify the more immediate needs of our community. These plans include:
  • An update of Blueprint Denver, the 2002 citywide land-use and transportation plan
  • An update of The Game Plan, the 2003 citywide parks and recreation master plan
  • Denver Moves: Transit, a new mobility plan for transit in Denver
  • Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails, a new mobility plan for sidewalks, crossings and trails
At this kickoff I heard a profound statement that resonated with me. Debra Campbell, Assistant City Manager of Charlotte, said “Plans without implementation are hallucination.” I couldn’t agree more. In order to get effective implementation we need to establish benchmarks and milestones and we need informed neighbors who know their communities in and out to participate in this process.

The first community meetings are currently being planned. Anyone interested in playing a more active role can apply to join the “Community Think Tank” to help guide the planning process. For more about the plans and how to get involved, visit

Adventures on the High Line Canal

At over 71 miles long, the High Line Canal is one of the longest continuous urban trails in the country. The canal twists through the most populated area of Colorado while crossing multiple and varied communities. Over 350,000 residents reside within one mile of the Canal and recent data indicates that annually more than 500,000 people use the Canal as a recreational asset.

What is your idea for improving the High Line Canal? The High Line Canal Conservancy is launching a community outreach process as they plan for the Canal’s next 100 years and seeks your help. There are three opportunities to join for the first phase of community outreach. All three sessions will be identical and you can choose whichever event is most convenient.
  • Wednesday, June 8th from 4-8 pm at the Aurora Central Library at 14949 E Alameda Pkwy
  • Thursday, June 9th from 11 am to 1:30 pm at the Lowry Town Center near the fountain area along 2nd Avenue
  • Thursday, June 9th from 4-8 pm at the Goodson Rec Center at 6315 S. University Blvd
Find out more about the events and the High Line Conservancy by clicking here.

Save the Sundial

Join in the fun at the Save Our Sundial Independence Day Family Fun Festival, Friday, July 1st at 5:30pm at Cranmer Park. There will be live music, carnival games, performers, live reptiles, food trucks and more. Not only is this a family-friendly neighborhood event, but it is a great opportunity to do some fundraising for the Cranmer Park Sundial & Plaza. The evening ends with a fantastic view of the Glendale Fireworks!

Donate between now and July 15th and double the value of your gift. In honor of former Mayor Ben Stapleton, the Stapleton Family, through the Harmes C. Fishback Trust, will match donations up to $50,000! 

Visit to donate or to learn more about the event.

Denver Public Works

The Denver Department of Public Works provides a wide array of services for those living in and visiting Denver. By clicking here you can find info on everything from construction projects to parking to transportation to street maintenance. You can find information on bicycling in Denver to trash and recycling to wastewater services. Below are specific links that may be of use to you.

Be a Smart Ash and Get a Free Tree

Denver’s City Forester is encouraging Denver residents to Be A Smart Ash, a campaign in preparation for the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an insect that destroys ash trees. One in six trees in Denver is an ash tree, so part of being a Smart Ash is planting new trees before losing established ones to the EAB. Denver Parks and Recreation and the Denver Digs Trees program of The Park People are teaming up to get new trees planted.

If you have room in the public right of way next to your property, you may be eligible to have a free tree planted for you. Residents can become Smart Ashes by visiting to identify ash trees and other resources to help residents take action by treating or removing ash trees on their property. 

2016 Youth One Book, One Denver

Book Scavenger from local author, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman was selected as the 2016 Youth One Book, One Denver by more than 1,500 youth voters and is currently on the New York Times’ bestseller list. Youth One Book, One Denver provides our Denver children an enjoyable and interactive reading experience in the summer that creates a stronger connection within our communities.

The 2016 YOBOD program officially launches Saturday, June 11, 1 - 3 p.m. at Tattered Cover Book Store Colfax (2526 East Colfax Ave.). Summer programming includes more than 50 interactive events and activities with several educational partners as well as activities for students to complete on their own. Events and activities are based on Book Scavenger and range from science and technology, to theatre and art. Students participating in events this summer will be invited to an end-of-summer celebration on August 6. A full list of related events may be found here.

Summer Activities in Downtown Denver

The City and County of Denver and the Downtown Denver Partnership recently announced a series of activities that will make Downtown Denver the center of summer fun for residents and visitors. Events and programs along the 16th Street Mall, at the Denver Performing Arts Complex and all throughout our Downtown public spaces and parks will include unique activities, urban design alternatives and community-led programming to activate and transform the urban landscape.

These signature summer programs are a key part of three strategic planning efforts led by the city and the Partnership: The Mall Experience, The Next Stage and The Outdoor Downtown. Designed to activate the urban core and enhance the overall Downtown experience, the slate of summer fun will serve to not only enliven the atmosphere for those enjoying an outing in the heart of Denver, but engage residents in how to make future activities bigger, better and more inviting.

For a listing of summer events in Downtown Denver, visit

PhotoVoice Expo Exhibit

Environmental Health’s Community Active Living Coalition (CALC) will celebrate its year anniversary with a reception and photo exhibit that shows resident experiences on what it is like to live, work, and play in Denver neighborhoods. The PhotoVoices exhibit will include a range of subjects that impact health, active living, and transportation, including parks, bus stations, streets, playgrounds, and intersections.

The exhibit will kick off with a June 21 reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wellington Webb Municipal Building. The event will recognize community volunteers and celebrate the first year of the Coalition collecting data and photos about active living in Denver.

The June 21 kick-off event will include door prizes, various physical activities, and hors d’oeuvres, as well as opportunities to engage further in the CALC and related efforts and organizations in the city.

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The photo exhibit will be on display from June 21 through June 24 during normal business hours in the atrium of the Wellington Webb Building, located at 201 E. Colfax Ave. For more information about the Community Active Coalition, visit
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