Dear Friends of Denver Parks,
Just getting back from a Labor Day Holiday, so time to roll up our
sleeves and keep up the momentum. We don’t want to lose any ground in this fight. Please join us Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Teller Elementary School, 1150 Garfield St.
(See Below) This is a letter sent out by the Mayors office. I have highlighted certain words in the Mayor Hancock letter to illustrate the message of concern from our standpoint. Friends of Denver Parks is asking everyone possible to show up for this meeting and let Mayor Hancock be aware of our concerns. WEAR YOUR GREEN T-SHIRTS!!! WE PLAN TO HAVE PROTEST SIGNS AVAILABLE ALSO.
The urgency of this situation has been brought home even more so than we could have imagined. It has come to our attention that the City Attorney of Englewood has quoted our case as proof that parks can be transferred administratively without a vote of the people. Already we can see that what happens in the Friends of Denver Parks case will likely be established as case law. According to park advocate Laurette Barrentino, the City of Englewood has land grabbed a park, a prime property on the light rail, and sold it at a bargain to a friend of a City Councilman. The Friends of Denver Parks case will reach far into the future and we want the outcome to be positive to support our parks and protect them from the vagaries of political winds. This is Friends of Denver Parks Mission to support and protect Denver Parks. The implications of our case is immense and in Denver there are over 47 possible properties in jeopardy as we speak.
We need your support as we continue to fight for our parks. Please come to this meeting. We’ve gotten used to seeing each other regularly after our summer of gathering signatures. We miss you. I understand that they will have a nice breakfast too!!
More plans in the works for a “Hootenanny Good Time” as we put together a fund-raiser Gala Event. Should have a solid date soon. But likely October 26, 2013.
Mayor Hancock Subject: A Letter from Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock
August 23, 2013
As Mayor of this great city, community engagement, public input and building bridges between City Hall and Denver’s neighborhoods are top priorities for me and my administration.
Once a quarter we hold a Town Hall meeting in one of our neighborhoods, called Cabinet in the Community. Residents are able to meet with me and my leadership team. They’ll hear brief presentations about prominent City issues such as the economy, kids and public safety. Then they’ll be able to engage in a one-on-one dialog with a department head or Cabinet member of their choosing.
Your input is key to helping us make Denver a world-class City where everyone matters. Please join us Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Teller Elementary School, 1150 Garfield St.
For more information about the Cabinet in the Community meetings, visit www.denvergov.org/mycommunity and follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well.
Michael B. Hancock
Hope to see you there,
President – Friends of Denver Parks