In spite of the pending trial scheduled in Denver District Court May 19,2014 the DPS construction team is planning to start construction at the Hampden Heights site this month. There is a community meeting on Jan 22nd to share information about construction schedule, final design, citys water quality project, and plans for the future school programming. The meeting will be on Jan 22nd 6:30 pm. at Hamilton MS.
The Owl team will be attending this event. PLEASE SUPPORT FRIENDS OF DENVER PARKS AND JOIN US.
Your presence will be important. Be forewarned this is a sham event. The audience will be loaded with DPS and Parks & Wreck employees invited specifically to be involved in this dog and pony show! Continue reading
Friends of Denver Parks plaintiffs, Zelda Hawkins, left, John Case, and Steve Waldstein, right, take about their court case against the City of Denver standing inside Hentzell Park along the Cherry Creek bike path near Hampden Ave on June 01, 2013. (THE DENVER POST | Andy Cross)
All of us continue to be inspired by the sacrifices of each other to prevent the destruction of Hampden Heights North Park. We continue to make progress in the fight against city hall.
On Monday August 19, 2013 Friends of Denver Parks filed 25 more petition sections at the clerk and recorder’s office, totaling 1,297 signatures. A copy of the letter to the clerk and recorder with a list of the petition sections and circulators is attached. Thanks to all of you who circulated petitions successfully. Please go here to see letter to Clerk and Recorder
Also on August 19 Judge Stern signed an order allowing the plaintiffs to proceed on their revised third amended complaint. A copy of the order is attached here.
The revised third amended complaint makes the claims set forth below. These claims are scheduled for a seven day trial in Judge Stern’s courtroom (courtroom 376, Denver District Court) starting May 19, 2014. We have requested trial by jury because the issue in dispute involves title to real property, for which Colorado allows trial by jury. The city opposes trial by jury. The city wants judge Stern to hear the evidence and decide the case without a jury.
By Alan Prendergast, Westword July 8, 2013
They started out questioning the ability of Denver city officials to trade a formerly designated natural area for an office building. But opponents of the Hentzell Park land swap now have another bone to pick with Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson, claiming that her rejection of their efforts to put the issue on the ballot amounts to playing high-stakes poker with a stacked deck. The dispute, they say, raises a basic constitutional issue: What happens to the right to petition the government for redress if you need the government’s permission to do so?
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