by Diana Helper
Today we focus
On the annual locus
of the magical crocus.
Suddenly, it’s Baaack! Spring’s here and everything’s returning, including –
UP’s Annual Spring Meeting, Wed., May 6 with updates on the construction projects in the 2200 and 2400 blocks of S. University that everyone’s been asking about, and info on growing home veggie gardens – what to grow? What could you sell? Or where could you donate produce? You can sign up to work on the Observatory Park veggie garden. Also there’ll be elections. Social time and refreshments at 6:30, meeting 7-8:20p.m. at UP School, E. Iliff at S. St. Paul.
UP School’s Annual UP Home Tour – Sunday, May 3, 11a.m.-5p.m. to raise money for teacher training, paraprofessional staff, technology, and the great Wellness Program. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 that day, when there’s also a Market, Music and Food at the school. (See pg. 16.)
Belly up to Potbelly (2720 S. Colorado Blvd.) on Thur. April 16, and a portion of your bill goes to UP School. Class pix, CSC & PTA are April 7. Ye olde Shakespeare Feast at the School is April 15 for 5th graders and their families. Please call UP School for more info, 720-424-3410.
UPCC Board (Never Bored) meets Tues. April 7 at 7p.m. to address current concerns, put the finishing touches on the May program and look forward to summer and a festive 4th of July, hopes for another great Band Night in Aug. and a Prairie Party. For UPCC info contact Pres. Traci Samaras at email@example.com or 303-282-7281.
Who are those City Candidates? Everyone is urged to go find out Sat., April 11, when a bunch of them will be holding forth and answering your questions from 9-11a.m. at UP United Methodist Church, 2180 S. University, sponsored by Denver Votes, League of Women Voters, Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC), and more (see pg. 14).
Stare-way to the Stars! Join fellow star-gazers on Sat. April 25 at 8p.m., at DU’s Chamberlin Observatory and in the park where many telescopes will be ready for your heavenward glances. Visit www.denverastro.org or call 303-871-5172 for info on all the astronomical opportunities offered.
Treasures by the Yard! The Annual UP Garage Sale (Yard sale) is set for June 6-7, kudos to the stalwart sponsors: Pam Adams and Dave Easton. Magnificent treasures such as Aunt Maud’s garish piano scarf, the chaise-lounge that turned out to be too long … Start finding your items, and plan to join all Denver in taking a look at everyone’s items. Info: universityparkyardsale.com.
We Surveyed a Surveyor at Asbury/Columbine who said it was “for the school” (DU), and upon “investigative reporting” we learned it’s for a sprinkler system. Two blocks north, DU did soil samples in the drainage park in case some day it might maybe want to build a smallish mail-center there, or ?? The Engineering Campus is rising west of the Music School, and E. Asbury through campus is now 20 mph going east, and 25 mph going west. Hmm … we shall investigate.
Trail by Jury – Two Parks Dept. designation committee members from INC are not really a jury, but visited Harvard Gulch East (HGE) Park and walked HG Trail recently. They were amazed at how parklike it all is, how well it serves us, and to see ducks swimming and a little muskrat rambling. They want to recommend designation for HGE Park and all the trailside areas. Jury-wise the Parks Dept. is now checking out our Prairie Park sign design and soon we’ll get their OK (or edits) and then it’s a GO.
It’s No Secret that we (yrs. truly) represent UP at INC, where we get tons of info on what’s going on in Denver neighborhoods including UP, try to bring it back to UP for consideration, and often must vote at INC regarding important matters that earnest study shows will impact neighborhoods. We take this seriously and urge you to let us know your thoughts on hot topics like short-term rentals, construction, parking, open space, etc. It seems to us that about now in many neighborhoods, especially UP, it’s Either a Breather or a Seether!! UP is still trying to assimilate the many hundreds of new UP residents at Vista Lofts, One Obs. Park, and University House, plus all the doubled populations where small houses are rebuilt to duplexes, and soon there will be hundreds more folks arriving in the 2200 and 2400 blocks of South University! Could we just say NO to anything more till we shoehorn what we now have onto our narrow streets, our scant parking spaces, our scarce sidewalks, and our already-active parks? We need to catch up! UP’s motto to preserve the integrity of the University Park Neighborhood means not only ethics, but integration. It is our legacy from our founders in 1886, and is what makes this one of Denver’s gems. Yes?
If you have news or views of UP please contact Diana Helper, firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-733-4902. We shall persevere even without our longtime super editor Eileen who left what we wrote just the way we wrote it! [P.S. Eek, just looked and our croci croaked! Bunny’s Buffet!]