John Case receives Presidents Award from Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation President, Larry Ambrose
Inter Neighborhood Cooperation, a Denver organization of 95 Registered Neighborhoods held their yearly Awards banquet and Silent Auction on January 30. John Case was chosen to be the recipient of the prestigious Presidents Award by INC. This award is given by the President of INC who chooses an outstanding community member who is works for the community to make it a better place. John Case has certainly earned this award for his untiring work and support of Friends of Denver Parks to win our right to vote on the disposition of parks according to the Denver City Charter
Posted in Hentzell Park Update
Tagged City Charter, Colorado Court of Appeals, Denver Parks and Recreation, DPS, Friends of Denver Parks, Hentzell Park, INC Presidents Award, Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation, John Case, Judge Herbert L. Stern III, Lauri Dannemiller, Michael Hancock
On December 26, 2013 the Court of Appeals issued its opinion affirming Judge Stern’s denial of a preliminary injunction to halt construction of a school in Hampden Heights North Park.
A copy of the opinion is attached here
After reviewing the decision, I believe that the Court of Appeals was wrong in concluding that charter section 2.4.5 eliminated common law dedication of parks in Denver. After considering the work involved in this pro bono effort, my four law partners at Benson & Case law firm voted unanimously to authorize me to file a petition for writ of certiorari in the Colorado Supreme Court. They also authorized me to proceed to trial as scheduled in Denver District Court May 19, 2014. I am honored and blessed to have such supportive law partners, and to have the unwavering support of so many concerned citizens in Denver.
Regardless of the legal outcome of the case involving Hampden Heights North Park, Friends of Denver Parks has authorized me to make the following announcement: Later this year, Friends will launch a ballot initiative to confer official park status on the numerous parks in Denver that the city has neglected to designate by ordinance. The ballot initiative, if successful, will protect Denver’s remaining “undesignated” parks from commercial development, and preserve them as open space.
My sincere thanks to all of the supporters of Friends of Denver Parks.
BENSON & CASE, LLP
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Tagged Colorado Court of Appeals, court of appeals, Denver Charter, Denver District Court, Denver Public Schools, DPS, Friends, Friends of Denver Parks, Hampden Heights North Park, Heights North Park, John Case, Open Space
HAMPDEN HEIST THE ABDUCTION OF A DENVER PARK
A Film By KC Keefer is now available for viewing on You Tube
DVD’s of this powerful video are still available and all proceeds are used for our legal battle.
This is the story of the struggle to save Hampden Heights North Park commonly referred to as Hentzell Park from being traded in an unconventional Denver City Hall deal. This DVD is only available from Friends Of Denver Parks.
PLEASE GO HERE TO ORDER
Run Time 14 Minutes
Featuring historic perspective by Professor Tom Noel “Dr. Colorado”