Denver is in the early stages of a really big planning project that brings together land use, parks and recreation and transportation needs of all sorts. This is Denveright — no relation to us, just happens to be pronounced the same — and it will shape the next couple decades of city investment.
Denver is holding a series of community meetings Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 to find out what people want when it comes to parks, transportation and land use.
There are five meetings at different times and places. They all have the same format. It’s just a matter of what works for you. Childcare and Spanish language interpretation is available.
- October 4, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., the McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave.
- October 4, 3 to 5 p.m., New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Blvd.
- October 4, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., North High School, 2960 Speer Blvd.
- October 5, 3 to 5 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia
- October 5, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., College View Elementary, 2675 S. Decatur St.
There’s no “homework” for these meetings, but it might help if you put some thought into articulating what works or doesn’t work about the city, what you’d like to see in Denver that it doesn’t have now.
“We’re in the visioning and planning principles phase of the process. It’s really is trying to listen as much as possible to the community’s ideas and thoughts about what Denver should be in the next 20 years or so,” said David Gaspers, a principal city planner and project manager for Blueprint Denver, the land use portion of Denveright.
I know people are skeptical — sometimes from hard experience — of public outreach processes, but I’ve heard good things about how these surveys are presented in the various corners of the Internet where people talk about city outreach processes. So consider giving it your time.