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Message From John Case 12-20-2013

Dear Friends,

 Attached is the Renewed Motion for Injunction Pending Appeal that we filed today in the Colorado Court of Appeals.  Our purpose is to  stop the construction already under way in Hampden Heights North Park.  The city and DPS are not willing to stop until a court tells them to stop. 

Go Here For Renewed Motion for Injunction Pending Appeal

 Also attached are color photos taken of the construction site 12/19/2013.


 As most of you are already aware, former Mayor Wellington Webb and his wife Wilma made a very generous donation to Friends of Denver Parks.  We are proud to have Mr. and Mrs. Webb as supporters.  Below is Mr. Webb’s statement to our secretary/treasurer:

 “I believe in the protection of Denver parks within the city and in the mountains. I do not support the use of park space for development. I believe we should maintain what we have and acquire additional park space for future generations.”


 John Case


HomeRun Needed to Save Hentzell Park

As you may have heard already Judge Stern did not grant our request for an injunction.  To quote John Case “This is only round one in a fifteen round fight.” This injunction request is not our only egg in the basket and there are several legal avenues that we will be pursuing ardently.  Most urgently is our need to get at least 6500 signatures by Monday July 1.
We have 4000 signatures in hand with over 90 petitions outstanding.   If  90 petitions had only 20 signatures on each one then that would be 1800 signatures and put us over the top.  To have 8000 signatures would be even better to make up for those signatures that are not valid.   AND TO THINK HOW FAR WE HAVE COME IN 30 DAYS.   WE CAN DO THIS.
Please join us for this last big push.
Game Plan for circulating petitions this weekend.
Friday: Rockies game,  Meet up on the overpass/viaduct entrance to Coors field tonight from 5:30 to 6:30PM.
Saturday: Rockies game,  meet up on the overpass/viaduct 1 to 2:30PM.
Sunday:  Meet up at City Park we want to have as many petition circulators as possible for the thousands who attend Jazz in the Park. 5PM to 8PM .
Returning petitions
We absolutely need to have all petitions returned to 10081 East Cornell Ave, Denver Co.80231 during the following times.
Judy will be available to notarize the petitions at her home. Please call her for directions or questions. 303-667-7207
Saturday morning 8 – 12
Sunday  morning 9 -12
Judy will be available for returning petitions Sunday night at City Park, “Jazz in the Park” until 8PM.
We will be turning in the petitions to the City Clerk and Recorder on Monday, July 1, 2013.  This is the deadline.
Thank you to everyone for all your hard work and dedication to saving Hentzell Park Natural Area, and continuing on with the fight.

In the bigger scheme there are other natural spaces and open areas ready and ripe for the developers and Mayor Hancock to divvy up.  We can’t stop now, nor can we accept this as our reality.
We expect to have two news releases next week documenting our next steps in the legal process.
Renee Lewis
President – Friends of Denver Park
Home 303-337-2947
Cell 970-331-6641
Donations are always gladly accepted to help with the expenses. Please see our Pay Pal donation link here

Press Release June 10, 2013


Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC) is joining the lawsuit to save Hampden Heights North Park. Denver attorney John Case will represent INC on a pro-bono basis, along with two individual homeowners and the non-profit corporation Friends of Denver Parks.

Case said, “We are honored that INC will protect this unique wildlife park for all Denver citizens.”
Established in 1975, INC is a city-wide association of Registered Neighborhood Organizations.  With current membership of 94 residential based organizations, INC’s mission is to advocate for Denver citizens by bringing together, informing and empowering Denver neighborhood organizations to actively engage in addressing City issues.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Judge Herbert L. Stern III will decide whether to grant a preliminary injunction preventing Mayor Hancock and city council from trading 10.7 acres of Hampden Heights North Park for an office building downtown. The plaintiffs rely on Section 2.4.5 of the city charter, which says that no part of any park acquired before 1955 may be sold without a vote of the people. Hampden Heights North Park was acquired by the city in 1936.

In addition to the lawsuit, Friends of Denver Parks is circulating a petition to allow voters to decide the issue in November.

City officials oppose the right of the people to be heard. On May 22 Denver Clerk and Recorder sent a letter to the plaintiffs telling them not to circulate petitions. On Saturday, June 8, Michael Sapp Jr., who is Mayor Hancock’s Neighborhood Liaison, warned INC at its public meeting not to join the lawsuit.

More information and copies of the legal documents may be viewed on the website www.FriendsOfDenverParks.org

People who wish to volunteer or donate should call Renee Lewis 303-337-2947.