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News and Information about the Best Little-Known Neighborhood in Denver - Athmar Park!

Athmar Park Update – May 27th, 2014

Categories: APNA,News

Welcome to the Athmar Park Update

Providing news from Athmar Park, and the surrounding community!

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend! 

******Tonight is the APNA May meeting.******
Location is 430 S. Tejon Street at the Valverde Church (in the basement)!

We are going to hear from Plaza Fiesta, the almost new owners of the Lowe’s building.
They will be discussing what they are up to, including a grocery store and events.

Denver Days – Celebrating the Spirit of the Mile High City!
There is no better time than the summer to get out and enjoy our world-class city! That’s why Denver 
Mayor Michael B. Hancock launched “Denver Days,” a new citywide summer tradition aimed at creating 
stronger neighborhoods by fostering community service projects and neighborhood gatherings annually 
during the month of August.
The second annual “Denver Days” will be this summer from August 2-10. During this week, Denver 
residents will be asked to work with their neighbors to organize a community service project or work 
together to host a fun, festive neighborhood gathering. From community clean ups to backyard 
potlucks and block parties, “Denver Days” will provide a unique opportunity to connect neighbors and 
neighborhoods. 

Start organizing your “Denver Days” neighborhood event today. Visitwww.denvergov.org/denverdays 
or call 720-865-9082 for more information.

Changes Are Coming to Kepner Middle School
As you may know, Denver Public Schools is recommending a program change at Kepner Middle School.
Currently, four schools are being considered: STRIVE Prep, Kepner International Dual Language Academy,
Southwest Community School, and Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST).
The Board of Education will review the school proposals as well as the feedback provided by the group of parents
and Denver Public School employees. You are welcome to attend a meeting where you can hear from the programs
on Monday, June 2 at noon at DPS’s central offices, located at 900 Grant Street in Denver. You are also
invited to attend a Public Comment session where you can sign up to share your thoughts. The meetings will be
held at 6 pm on Thursday, June 5, and Thursday, June 12. You can sign up to share your thoughts on these
programs at a Board meeting by calling 720.423.3210 by 5 p.m. the day prior to the meeting.

Chalkbeat Colorado, a nonprofit education news website, is organizing a conversations with
community members in Athmar Park on June 14th from 1 PM to 2:30 PM at the Athmar Library.

Refreshments will be included.

We want to hear from parents, students, and other community members about what’s going on in their community
in regard to education and the challenges they’re facing. Our goal is to create a space in which reporters are listening
to community members in an open-ended way, not only when we’re working on specific stories we’ve already
decided to write. We’re hoping this will help make our coverage more responsive to what shapes parents’ and
students’ interaction with the school system on a day-to-day basis.

Trip Assistance Project Launches in West Wash Park, Offers Free Transportation
Subsidies to Residents

Transportation Solutions will be working with our neighborhood this spring to help
get cars off the streets and increase the usage of alternative forms of transportation.
Transportation Solutions is one of many Transportation Management Associations
(TMAs) around the country, which are public-private partnerships designed to
address traffic congestion and air-quality problems. Transportation Solutions’ new
initiative, the Trip Assistance Project (TAP), will give Washington Park residents
within a mile radius of Alameda Station a chance to receive personalized assistance
in planning routes to work, grocery stores, and other locations of their choice
through bicycling, public transit, carpooling, and other modes.

The benefits of using alternative transportation instead of being an SOV (single-
occupancy vehicle) are numerous and there are many options in the Denver area.
Bicycling is a fun alternative that provides moderate exercise and a chance to wake
up in the morning. Light rail and bus allow users the chance to catch up on the news
or people-watch rather than battle traffic and deal with finding a parking space.
Carpooling saves money and helps build community. New alternatives such as
carsharing provide an option for escaping inclement weather or trips where you just
need a car.

If you’ve ever wanted to try one of these modes, but didn’t quite know how to get
started, this is the program for you! Transportation Solutions will look at these
possibilities with TAP participants to find the best option or combination of options
for their personal needs. Even by substituting just one trip you would normally
make by car per week, you can help reduce emissions and your stress levels!

The TAP program is completely free and provides many benefits. In addition to
individual help with travel plans, participants will receive:
• two free regional transit passes
• multi-modal maps specific to the Alameda Station area
• Bike maps and bus maps specific to your residence or work
• the chance to win larger prizes

The TAP initiative is funded through a Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality
Grant (CMAQ) and is in line with the goals of Transportation Solutions to expand
transportation options, reduce the amount of miles people drive alone, and to create
walkable and livable communities. The Alameda Station area was chosen because
of its high levels of congestion and proximity to light rail, bus and bike/pedestrian
routes.

Keep on the lookout for more information as TAP launches this spring. Participants
will be required to take a short transportation survey so we can learn the travel
habits of Alameda station-adjacent residents.

Transportation Solutions has worked or is currently working on a variety of
projects, including a high school bike safety program, a transportation information
center at the University of Denver, and a “bike buddies” program. For more
information, please check out their website at www.transolutions.org.

If you did not already know, Westerra Bank is offering us a great deal whenever
someone opens a new account and mentions “Athmar Park”


Important Links:

Facebook Page: 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/171029414142/

311: 
http://www.denvergov.org/denver311/Denver311HelpCenter/tabid/442045/Default.aspx

Athmar Park Calendar:
https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/q3gt2md02brj13s7105d7s384o%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

Athmar Library Calendar: 
http://denverlibrary.org/advanced-search?field_branch_nid=181&keys=&lan=All

Athmar Recreation Center Calendar: 
http://www.denvergov.org/parksandrecreation/DenverParksandRecreation/RecreationCentersPools/RecreationCentersSchedules/AthmarRecreationCenter/tabid/444207/Default.aspx

Recycling:
http://www.denvergov.org/Portals/709/documents/easy%20guide_English_2013.pdf

Denver Animal Shelter:
www.denveranimalshelter.org or 720.913.1311

 

Thanks,
Ian Harwick, President of Athmar Park Neighborhood Association
Email: president@athmarpark.com

Author: iharwick

Over the past decade Ian has worked hard to build strong communities in Denver, going back to his days as an intern at Denver Urban Gardens to working with people with disabilities to find quality employment to digging in with his neighbors to build a safer, better connected neighborhood.