Our first meeting of 2016 will be this Thursday, January 7th.  Early birds, join us for snacks and a police update at 6:30 p.m. The main agenda will run from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at 2543 California Street.

There are several diverse and interesting topics on the agenda for January:

  • Steve Chester with Denver Community Planning and Development will share plans for converting 21st Street from Benedict Fountain Park to Coors Field into a primarily pedestrian and bicycle corridor. Bookended by these two attractions, 21st Street is the only quiet numbered street through Downtown, so it’s well suited to become a special and safe street for biking, walking, and events!
     
  • Nicholas Allan from Davis Partnership will present plans for a 55-unit residential building featuring micro-apartments near light rail at 32nd and Stout. The building will be built without additional parking, so how the developer and the neighborhood can encourage new residents to use transit, bike and walk rather than drive individual cars will be key if this development is to integrate well into our existing neighborhood.
     
  • Ben Melius from Jake’s Sports and Spirits will present on Jake’s new menu and provide some free drink cards.
     
  • Dee Iraca will present on her new business Eat Well Chef, which aims to provide healthy delicious meals to busy people.
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Join us December 7th at the Posner Center for International Development (the historic Horse Barn) at 33rd and Arapahoe starting at 6 p.m. to celebrate all things great about Curtis Park. Bring a neighbor -- everyone is welcome!

Free childcare will be provided.

A highlight of the evening will be a drawing of goods and services donated by awesome businesses and organizations like Rosenberg’s, RedLine, Work & Class, Haven nail salon, Wonderbound, Denver Botanic Gardens, Whole Yoga and many, many more! Craft beer will be provided this year by our friends at Spangalang Brewery (2736 Welton St).

For the Potluck, please bring a dish to share according to your last name:

A-M: Entrée

N-S: Appetizer or vegetable dish

T-Z: Dessert

Stay warm, and we'll see you Monday, December 7th!

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Our November meeting will be this Thursday, November 5th.  Join us for snacks and a police update at 6:30 p.m., and the main agenda from 7-8:30 p.m. at 2543 California Street.

This month we have several neighborhood topics and great guests:

  • Khadija Katherine Haynes - Candidate for State Senate District 33 in 2016
  • Neighborhood business introduction by FLEX Yoga + Barre
  • Our new Neighborhood Inspectors from Neighborhood Inspection Services giving advice on how to best use their department, and an update on the few persistent neglected and derelict properties in the neighborhood
  • WalkDenver's recent "First and Last Mile" study on Denver's pedestrian infrastructure surrounding our transit facilities, presented by John Hayden
  • Hot on the heels of the 2015 election, we'll hear from Justin Croft with RiNo Neighbors about how the RiNo Business Improvement District and General Improvement District elections went, what's next, and in what timeframe.
  • A short presentation and a break-out design input session to select the fitness equipment and location for Mestizo-Curtis Park, led by Chandi Aldena with the Trust for Public Land.
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Our October meeting will be this Thursday, October 1st. Join us for snacks and a police update at 6:30 p.m., and the main agenda from 7-8:30 p.m. at 2543 California Street.

This month we have several great guests, and will be inviting everyone to examine a detailed plan for updating Champa and Stout:
 

  • Visits from candidates for School Board and District Attorney continue. As of this writing, we expect to hear brief introductions from Robert Speth (for School Board At-Large) and Kenneth Boyd (for Denver District Attorney).
  • We'll get a preview of a significant new development in Arapahoe Square from David Zucker, principal of Zocalo Community Development. The new project will host the new headquarters of Rocky Mountain PBS. It will contain a 500-seat theatre, performance space, the new broadcast studios of jazz station KUVO, the Downtown Expeditionary School’s middle school, a mixed-income residential property and a food hall.
  • Anthony Grimes with the "A Smart Deal for Denver" campaign will make the case for the 2C ballot measure, extending the current 1.75% visitors tax on hotel rooms and car rentals in order to create the National Western Center.
  • The last half-hour of our meeting will be a presentation and in-depth review of significant bike facility improvements on Champa and Stout by Rachael Bronson from Denver Public Works. This new design should increase biking safety and comfort, reduce speeding, make it easier for pedestrians to cross Stout, and finally address the very dangerous lane merge at the top of Champa. 

 

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Our September meeting will be this Thursday, September 3rd. Join us for snacks and a police update at 6:30 p.m., and the main agenda from 7-8:30 p.m. at 2543 California Street.

This month we have a significant voting topic, candidate introductions, and local business presentations, and more:

  • The major topic for this month’s meeting is the application for a Dance Cabaret license for the Savoy at 2700 Arapahoe Street. If issued, this license in conjunction with the existing “tavern” class liquor license, would effectively allow this location to become a nightclub, hosting public events with music and dancing beyond its existing regular use for private events and classes. We’ll hear from Katie Scotten and Christopher Jones, managers, and Irene Taras, business and property owner, and vote on CPN’s position for this license per our normal process.
  • Election season is coming up, and we’ve been contacted by several candidates already. Running for District Attorney, Michael Carrigan and Beth McCann will make brief introductions, and for Denver School Board District 5 we’ll meet Michael Kiley.
  • The former Deep Rock warehouse at 25th and Welton will finally see some activity, with Four Winds Interactive, headquartered at 1221 Broadway, using it for warehouse and support facilities. Cuyler Van De Carr will share with us what they do, and we can expect to see as we welcome them to our neighborhood.
  • The Denver Office of Special Events will be introduced by Grace Lopez Ramirez, Community Affairs Liaison. 
  • Tim Prior, founder of eThos Electric Car Share, the nation’s first all-electric car share operator, based in Golden, CO will tell us about their service and the electric car that will be available for members to use located in the parking garage behind Coffee at the Point.
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Our August meeting will be this Thursday, August 6th. Join us for snacks and a police update at 6:30 p.m., and the main agenda from 7-8:30 p.m. at 2543 California Street.

This month we have another full meeting with a lot going on, packed into a fast 90 minutes:

  • Randy's Recycled Cycles at 2301 Champa Street will introduce us to their bike shop offerings. They recently relocated and share space with Mile High Cycle Tours.
  • Lewis Davis with eTuk USA, manufacturers of Tuk Tuk electric vehicles and based right here on Blake street, will tell us about their business and how Tuk Tuks are finding niches in Denver for on-demand transportation and as business tools.
  • Amy Harmon, principal with Urban Market Partners, is seeking our thoughts on a big new vision for the complicated area near Welton, 20th Ave, and Lincoln St. Is it possible to make this area into something exciting and fix the confusing streets?
  • Denver Parks & Rec. will update us on The Outdoor Downtown - The Future of Denver's Parks and Public Spaces. This study, now entering a new phase, will develop recommendations for the broader downtown with regard to public parks and publicly-accessible open space.
  • Lorii Rabinowitz will tell us about an exploration committee for the Denver Center for Arts and Technology, modeled after Bill Strickland’s Manchester Bidwell school, focused on visual arts for high school students after school and vocational training for adults 18+. Both programs are geared toward ending the cycle of poverty for families in the communities served by the center. 
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As is our tradition, we're taking July off from our general meeting schedule.

See the July Curtis Park Times for details on

  • Downtown Meet in the Street events on five Sundays this summer
  • The Posner Poverty Hack
  • The Grand Opening of the Patio at The Point (at Coffee at the Point)
  • Gilpin Montessori Summer Garden Program
  • The Third Annual Curtis Park Block Party on August 1st

... and much more!

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Our June meeting will be this Thursday, June 4th. Join us for snacks and a police update at 6:30 p.m., and the main agenda from 7-8:30 p.m. at 2543 California Street.

This month we have several great topics:

  • Tracy Weil, Co-Founder of the RiNo Art District will give an update on district efforts and opportunities for Curtis Park to explore our neighboring community. The art district will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this year with various special tours and events that focus on art & music
  • Larry Nelson will share an update on the renovation of the Epworth Church, a Denver landmark at 31st and Lawrence, which is nearing completion
  • Neighbor Josiah Johnson will introduce the Denver Street Flea Market, running the third Saturday of the month from June through October, held at 25th & Larimer
  • Beekeeper Reg Foo with the Sooky Foo Honey Company is setting up honey bee hives in the neighborhood, and would like to connect with neighbors interested in helping these vital pollinators
  • Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom on Welton Street will talk with us about neighborhood communications for their events, and what can be done better following the Monday, April 20th "4/20" event.
  • Ratio Beerworks, rescheduled from last month, will tell us about their new business at 2920 Larimer Street

 

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Our May meeting will be this Thursday, May 7th. Join us for snacks and a police update at 6:30 p.m., and the main agenda from 7-8:30 p.m. at 2543 California Street

This month we have several neighborhood topics:

  • Denver Police update on shootings
  • Summer events on the 16th Street Mall - Downtown Denver Partnership
  • Neighborhood Parks Events & Activities - John Hayden
  • Introducing Bike Corrals - Denver Public Works
  • Neighborhood Business Introduction - Ratio Beerworks
  • Universal Herbs Retail Marijuana License Application - Daniel Pantaleo
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Our April meeting will be this Thursday, April 2nd. Join us for snacks and a police update at 6:30 p.m., and the main agenda from 7-8:30 p.m. at 2543 California Street

This month we have several topics of importance to the neighborhood:

  • City Council Candidate Introductions - Michael Borcherding and Albus Brooks
  • Emerald Ash Borer is Coming - Denver Forestry
  • East Rail Commuter Line Update - Joshua Solis
  • State Legislative Update - State Senator Beth McCann
  • East Denver Liquors, Liquor Store License Application to Relocate to 2741 Welton Street - Matthew and Patricia Yarber
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