News Flash #1! The Annual Winter meeting of the University Park Community Council (UPCC) will be Wed., Feb. 3, at 7p.m., in the auditorium of UP School, E. Iliff at S. St. Paul. There are only three general meetings of UP residents, the next to be in May, so for goodness sake, get to this one and find out all the latest goings-on in UP. Come at 6:30 to chat with neighbors before the meeting starts. The premises must be vacated by 8:45, so you’ll be home in time for whatever you might like to do at 9p.m.
As you will see in your UP-Words (UP newsletter coming to your door mid-month), this also is the perfect time – and we know you are all perfect – to hand over your voluntary UPCC “dues.” These fund the Holiday Sing, the 4th of July fest, UP projects, and the newsletter. They’re $20 ($15 for seniors, and more if you feel generous) and can be given at the Feb. 3 meeting or sent to co-treasurer June Morgan at 2100 S. Monroe St., 80210. We hasten to add that all UP folks are UPCC members whether they pay or not ... but every donation is very welcome.
News Flash #2! How many of you have heard about Denver’s proposed new zoning code? Everyone! Good! In these very pages we have said that many folks thought it should take longer study-time than the original mid-December ’09 finishing date. The city planners are now on Draft 4, which is due out Jan. 18 (although we note that is a holiday). Your hard-working UPCC Zoning Committee members have diligently studied Draft 1, then 2, then 3, and sent in requests, comments, questions and suggestions each time. They have talked personally with planners, and with people at DU, Iliff Seminary, and at the parks dept., and are gearing up to plow through Draft 4 and do it all again if necessary. If the new finish date in March can’t be met – on with Draft 5. You will get an update at the Feb. 3 meeting.
Why is this taking so long? Well, there is this notion that we should get it right. And UP is not alone in this fervent desire. Multiply UP by a ton of other Denver neighborhoods, ever vigilantly poring over maps and new zoning descriptions, which change from draft to draft. There are still problems to work out, and more information to get from the city. It is encouraging that so many citizens are so deeply involved and committed to this work. City planners and councilpersons are impressed with the thoughtful, earnest response citywide.
Flash 2-A! We hear there’s a person down at Planning who eyeballs all the newspapers and newsletters for mentions of the zoning code, and forwards pertinent and probably impertinent items to other city staff including hizzonor J. Hickenlooper. Hi, there!
News Flash #3! Maintaining neighborhood character is one of the aims of the new zoning code. This is one of the criteria UP is trying to be sure is honored. If you live in the blocks close to S. University Blvd. you may think the neighborhood has already lost its original character, but remember that much of this area has long been zoned for larger buildings.
Part of our character is ample setbacks, and lawns and trees, and the open space of our parks. We are assured by the parks dept. that our natural areas (Prairie Park and the undeveloped part of Harvard Gulch) will remain “natural.”
Work is progressing on the redevelopment of Observatory Park playground – hope to be done in the next month. Star-gazing is still on schedule at Chamberlin Observatory – stop by on Sat., Jan. 23, after 5:30p.m. Check the full Denver Astronomical Society schedule at www.thedas.org or call 303-871-5172. Meanwhile, McWilliams Park playground is up and running, or keep the kids home reading, writing, painting, singing, playing chess, cooking, cleaning, you name it.
News Flash #4! By now schools have resumed, so the kids can spend time doing their homework. At UP School all month it’s School of Choice sign-up period for ECE and Kdg. (Jan. 5-29), and on Sat., Jan. 9, from 9a.m.-noon, there’s a school Open House. PTA meeting’s at 6:30p.m., Jan. 14. Vision and Hearing Screenings are the 25-27th. For more info on UP School doings, call 303-756-9407. At DU, remember the campus is now tobacco-free!
News Flash #5! The BBC (Buchtel Blvd./Parkway Coalition) meets at the Heritage Club, 2010 S. Monroe, on Jan. 20, 7p.m. – come discuss the latest about this excellent project. The Parks & Rec committee of INC (Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation) meets Jan. 19 at the Heritage Club, all are welcome. There were public hearings on two issues at the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board’s (PRAB) December meeting. People from many neighborhoods spoke on the city’s proposal to have public park space fenced off for events which one must pay to enter (all but two speakers opposed), and on the first draft of a new public notification policy P&R proposes. Neither of these issues was resolved and both will be addressed further. We’ve heard that the agenda for the Jan. 14 PRAB meeting (open to all) also includes P&R’s proposals for a Park Steward program, and creation of more dog parks, some taking part of existing public parks, and charging for admittance to dog parks, and having unfenced off-leash times in regular public parks. If you are interested in these topics, contact P&R via 311 or www.denvergov.org (P&R Advisory Board). A representative to this board from Council District 6 is needed. Please contact Councilman Charlie Brown for information, 303-861-0601.
News Reminder! For UP news check out the UPCC website at www.upcc.us, or call UPCC president Pat Cashen at 303-759-5969. If you’d like to work on a UPCC committee, or help deliver newsletters, or have UP concerns or ideas for events, let Pat know. And if you have news of UP, flashy or not, please contact Diana Helper, 303-733-4902 or email@example.com.