Hie to the UPark Holiday Sing, hark! – on Sun., Dec. 6, at Observatory Park, for songs, wagon rides, from 5 until 8, Santa, stars, cider and cookies await! Then Sun., Dec. 13, at DU at 3, the Carillon Concert chimes forth at Ritchie. The UPark School band plays at Merrill Middle School at 6:30 Dec. 8 – it’ll be way cool!
Music’s a pleasant UP-area perk, a relief from what many are doing – the work on a subject we’ve mentioned without any pause, the topic of our little note to S. Claus:
Dear Santa, Besides world peace, and good health. And food and shelter, if not wealth, And wisdom, patience, common sense, Kindness, a smile when things get tense, The love and joy of family and friends And pets whose devotion never ends, Ears to listen, voices to sing, Eyes to see beauty in everything. And pleasant dreams, and good fresh air For all, that’s Everyone Everywhere – Dear Santa, there’s just one more gift We ask, to give us here a lift, By Santa magic or mystical ode – Fix and Finish the Zoning Code!
Call it zoning, zucchini, or a zoo, we are eager to get through, but we don’t want to be so hasty, that it gets passed with something nasty, or something unfinished or dumb or awful, or even worse, with something unlawful. So much as we’re getting mighty sickly ... and tired of zone-code and wish to be quickly ... finished with it – we just can’t rest until we think it is all The Best. Once it is done, it’s no easy task to get changes made, however you ask, so many still say, hey – hold yer hosses, and are hanging in with this lengthy process.
A change we’ve requested five times at least, has to do with Univ./Buchtel corner northeast. A large detention pond is there for run-off from pavement everywhere; the zone map keeps showing it – fit for a place 12 stories tall – in a pond? A disgrace! The city has told us Don’t Worry, no way will anyone build there, so the zoning’s OK. If no one will build there, as well they would not, why don’t they zone it an open space lot? That corner’s so busy, should anyone build, gridlock would have gridlock, and no one’d be thrilled. As long as the map says it’s ripe for 12 stories, we will continue to have many worries.
In UP, Observatory Park’s old Play-ground is under reconstruction and fenced all the way ‘round. And since we’re involved in parks, goodness knows, we study big changes Parks wants to propose. We join INC and all whose pleas are for free public parks for all, no access fees, enforcement of dog leash and licensing laws, Council authority in our parks’ cause, a festival park site for commercial events, see pages 1 & 5 -- this gets pretty intense.
UP School’s raising funds with a dinner & meeting at Tokyo Joe’s Dec. 10, PTA & good eating! More funds the 10th-12th with Barnes & Noble store, and the 3rd Grade Play Dec. 16 – call the school for more info – and ECE-Kdg. School of Choice is Jan. 5-29 for your small girls and boys.
DU is on break all through December, so we hope that you’ll remember to patronize local biz in full, especially through this campus lull.
We just heard UP’s dear longtime Nell Bell passed away in D.C., we’re so sad to tell. Her wisdom and spirit were wondrous to see as she worked to enhance her beloved U.P.
University Park Community Council has a website on which it is easy to pounce, you’ll find what you need to know, we’d guess, at www.upcc.us. Or call Pres. Pat Cashen, that’s also fine: 303-759-5969.
Merry Christmas to all, may your holidays be blessed with fa-la-la-la and do-re-mi. Send in your news and your local view to Diana Helper, 303-733-4902, or email@example.com – may your news and views be bright and calm.