TELL DENVER MAYOR HANCOCK TO STOP DESTROYING DENVER PARKS AND NEIGHBORHOODS
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SIGN PETITION TO STOP DENVER'S MAYOR HANCOCK FROM DESTROYING MORE DENVER PARKS AND NEIGHBORHOODS
City Park Golf Course (CPGC) , a designated park, was a part of Denver's "Crown Jewel", City Park. Both parcels were listed on the National & State Registers of Historic Places. Hancock has now destroyed beautiful, historic City Park Golf Course and City Park lies in tatters, neglected and a shabby relic of its former glory.
Despite Herculean efforts on the part of residents to stop the project, Denver's Mayor Hancock destroyed historic CPGC to install part of a 1965-style industrial, storm drain on the west side of the park. In the process, he cut down 300+ mature trees and destroyed acres of non renewable top soil and vegetation, the best, natural storm water mitigation system in the world. ( There is a much better, way.) He also knocked down a popular club house built in 2001. The most affordable course in Denver that has served minority players since 1913, will be closed for at least two years.
It will reopen, if all goes according to plan, as a suburban style, 18 hole course with a new glass club house directly across from the entrance to the Denver Zoo. Bird experts have warned that the expanses of glass will cause the deaths of many of the 165 species of birds that used to call CPGC, home.
Hancock is also installing a toxic, open dirt storm water ditch in Cole and a large industrial outfall in historic Globeville. Globeville Landing Park was destroyed to make way for this project. Engineers have questioned the safety of the outfall. Both sites are located in the I-70 / Vasquez Superfund site . Will residents be exposed to toxic pollution from Denver digging in these sites? It seems unavoidable. Some will be exposed to higher risks of flooding.
WHY? In Denver's race back to 1965, they want to expand polluting Interstate Highway 70 (I70), in minority neighborhoods. They plan to bury I70, 30 feet below the water table, in a flood plain, next to a river. To keep I70 from flooding, they turned the "free land" in City Park Golf Course into a regional storm drainage sump complete with big pipes, trash and toxic water. They destroy neighborhoods regardless of health and safety risks to residents, to install the ditch along 39th AVenue and the problematic outfall in Globeville. Gentrification seems to be a goal instead of an unintended consequence. Expensive Olympic pipe dreams seem to be fueling these unfortunate projects.
Many of the Mayor's backers have bought land down by the river and around proposed development sites. They seem to want the residents of Denver to pick up the tab for their storm drainage and the price includes destruction of beloved parks and several neighborhoods. There are much better alternatives.
Runners, walkers, skiers, families, dog walkers and more, all used this peaceful, unfenced, beautiful open space in CPGC for recreation, meditation, relaxation and calm. CPGC afforded a natural storm water mitigation system that would be the envy of any progressive city. The Mayor's plan unfortunately included the loss of hundreds of big trees and vegetation that take harmful carbon from the air and provide us with life giving oxygen. Once gone, park land is gone forever. Denver can not afford to lose any more of it's precious park land to unfettered development.
Please sign our petition to tell Mayor Hancock to come up with plans that do not include the destruction of precious park land or sacrifice our established neighborhoods.
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