May 2016

Mary Beth's Memo

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Take the Train to the Plane

On April 22nd the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) University of Colorado A Line opened with much fanfare. The A Line includes a total of eight stations along the route, connecting millions of travelers each year with communities along the I-70 corridor and with future developments both on and off airport property. Passengers can also connect with the rest of the RTD rail network, along with local and regional buses, at the Union Station hub.
The Denver Airport station, which is the eastern end-of-line station for the A Line, is located at the airport’s new transit center, underneath the new Westin Denver International Airport hotel and conference center. Passengers stepping off the train need to walk only a short distance to an escalator, elevator or stairs that lead directly to the south entrance of the Jeppesen Terminal and the security checkpoints. No other airport in the United States can offer this incredibly short distance from the train to the plane. Once at the airport, you can connect to 175 destinations including 20 cities in eight international countries.

Tickets for the A Line to the airport or for a day pass are $9 and may be purchased at the ticket vending machines located on the train platform using cash or credit cards.

First Condominiums in the Works at Boulevard One

BuildMark Development will build a boutique, low-rise condominium community at Lowry Boulevard and Monaco Parkway, directly east of Crestmoor Park. The Aileron will be a three-story, LEED-Gold gateway into Boulevard One. Condominiums will feature luxury finishes, generous outdoor spaces and western views, with pricing from the $400s to over $1 million. A neighborhood restaurant will be tucked into the walkable community.

The Aileron will be designed by 4240 Architecture and built by Shaw Construction. BuildMark will finalize site design and approvals over the next few months, with pre-sales scheduled to open this fall. An interest list is forming at

Sustainable Neighborhood Program

Denver Environmental Health is accepting up to two new neighborhoods into the Denver’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program this spring. Join East Montclair in the program that supports residents in designing and leading sustainability projects that enhance the environmental and social strength of their neighborhoods. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on June 1st. To learn more about the program and apply, click here.

Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale

Get your green thumb over to Denver Recycles’ annual Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale on Saturday, May 7th, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. at the main Havana Nursery location (10450 Smith Road). Dig-Your-Own free mulch will be available at the following Denver locations:
  • Veterans' Park (Iowa Ave. & Vine St.)
  • Bear Creek Park (South of Dartmouth Ave. on Raleigh St.)
  • Sloan’s Lake Park (Sheridan Blvd. & 17th Ave.)
  • Fred Thomas Park (Quebec St. & 26th Ave.)
At Havana Nursery, pre-bagged compost will also be for sale at discounted prices- $3.75 for a 9 gallon bag or $31.50 per cubic yard. For more event details and a list of the Dig-Your-Own free mulch sites, click here or call 311.

Great Denver Cleanup

If a cleanup around your home, alley or neighborhood is on your spring to-do list, don’t miss the chance to participate in this year’s Great Denver Cleanup. This one-day event is your opportunity to get rid of unwanted household items such as furniture, appliances and large rigid plastic items, as well as yard debris and trash. Bring your unwanted materials to one of 14 free drop sites located around the City on Saturday, May 21st from 9 am – 2 pm.

Accepted materials:
  • Yard Debris - leaves and branches less than 5 feet long and less than 4 inches in diameter separated from trash will be composted.
  • Large Rigid Plastics- items such as laundry baskets, large toys or play centers, kid pools, lawn furniture, 5-gallon buckets and old plastic storage tubs. Please note, large rigid plastics are not accepted in your Denver Recycles purple cart, as they are too large for the normal collection and sorting process. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to recycle your large rigid plastics, for free, at this event!  
  • Scrap Metal - metal poles, old bicycles, metal shelves, etc.
Materials NOT accepted:
  • NO electronics – no TV’s, no computers, etc.
  • NO appliances containing Freon (e.g. refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners).
  • NO auto parts.
  • NO household hazardous waste - paint, chemicals, etc.
  • NO building materials, construction material.
  • NO tree stumps or branches larger than 4 inches in diameter.
The Great Denver Cleanup is a one-day event organized by Keep Denver Beautiful, a program of Denver Public Works/Solid Waste Management, in partnership with Waste Management of Colorado. For drop-off locations and a complete list of acceptable items, click here or call 311 (720-913-1311).

Dog Park Rules

Denver currently has nine dog parks for park users to enjoy. All visitors must adhere to posted rules and regulations. Dog bag dispensers are available at all dog parks and patrons are asked to help keep them stocked. Before visiting a Denver Dog Park please keep in mind dog parks are open from sunrise to sundown, 7 days a week. Dogs must be spayed or neutered, or have a current Denver Intact Permit. Dogs also must have current rabies and Denver dog license.

Dog Park Locations:
  • Berkeley Dog Park - Sheridan and West 46th
  • Kennedy Dog Park - Hampden and South Dayton
  • Fuller Dog Park - Franklin and East 29th
  • Green Valley Ranch East Dog Park - Jebel and East 45th
  • Railyard Dog Park - 19th Avenue and Little Raven Street
  • Lowry Dog Park - East 4th Place and South Yosemite Way
  • Greenway Dog Park - E 22nd Ave and Syracuse Street
  • Parkfield Dog Park- 53rd Avenue and Chambers Road
  • Little Box Car - Broadway and Lawrence St.

Summer Jobs for Youth

The Denver Housing Authority (DHA) is taking applications from Denver’s youth and young adults (ages 16-21) who are interested in Denver’s Summer Youth Employment Program. Denver’s Office of Economic Development has contracted with the DHA this summer to take the applications for these jobs, which pay $8.32 this year for up to 120 hours. The jobs are up to 20 hours week, and bus passes are available. Low-income youth are a priority and all applicants must meet income criteria. Click here to apply. Contact Lori Laurita at 720-390-1592 with questions. The Deadline is May 13th.

Denver Parks and Recreation

As we move through spring, Denver Parks and Recreation will begin to prepare for their busy season. Below is a list of general park operations. These dates are subject to change and are dependent on weather.

  • Should all be open by April 23 and usually close mid to late October based on freezing temperatures
  • Cleaned twice a day, seven days a week
  • Most are closed at dusk
  • Are deployed in regional parks, permitted picnic sites and athletic fields
  • Regional (parks > 80 acres) port-o-let locations are cleaned seven days a week
  • Community and Neighborhood locations are cleaned 3-5 days a week based on usage.
Drinking Fountains should be activated by May 14th, after the last hard freeze. All ornamental and interactive fountains will be active and all flower beds will be planted by Memorial Day. Finally, irrigation systems will be activated between now and mid-May.

Sign up for Free Learn to Compost Classes

Spring is here, and it’s time to take your recycling and gardening efforts to the next level by learning how to compost in your own backyard! Learn how easy and fun it is to make your own organic compost from food scraps and yard waste at Denver Recycles’ and Denver Urban Gardens’ free Learn to Compost classes. Making your own compost not only improves your lawn and garden, it also conserves resources, saves you money, reduces the materials you send to the landfill, and increases your overall soil quality.

Classes start Saturday, April 30th and are offered until the middle of October at the Denver Compost Demonstration Site within the Gove Community Garden at 13th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. Registration is first come, first serve and will open one month prior to each class. Pre-registration is required to attend. To sign up for classes, click here or call 303-292-9900.

Denver Water Summer Watering Rules

Denver is drought-free in 2016, but using water efficiently is still critical in Colorado. On May 1, to combat outdoor water waste, Denver Water officially implemented its annual summer watering rules.

Denver Water’s annual summer watering rules, which last until Oct. 1, help facilitate smart irrigation by asking people to:
  • Water during cooler times of the day — lawn watering is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Limit watering to no more than three days per week.
  • Prevent water from pooling in gutters, streets and alleys.
  • Direct sprinkler heads away from concrete and asphalt.
  • Repair leaking sprinkler systems within 10 days.
  • Avoid watering while it is raining or during high winds.
  • Use a hose nozzle with a shut-off valve when washing your car.
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