News and Events - Home Tour on Saturday!

1. WWPNA 2008 Home Tour!! 9/6

2. WWPNA Sept. Board Meeting 9/2

3. Future of Recreation Centers

4. New rules and regulations on street trees

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1. WWPNA 2008 HOME TOUR!! 8/6
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The West Washington Park Home Tour 2008: West Side Stories is set for Saturday, September 6 from 10 am to 4 pm. The tour will feature seven homes in the 400-500 blocks of South Sherman to South Downing Streets.

In conjunction with the event, WWPNA will also hold a silent auction featuring over 30 items.

$12 advance tickets are available online at wwpna.org and at the Washington Street Community Center, 809 South Washington. Tickets are $15 the day of the tour and are available at each featured home. Proceeds benefit WWPNA, Washington Street Community Center and Lincoln Elementary School.

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2. WWPNA Sept. Board Meeting Agenda 9/2
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Starts at 6:30 at the Washington Street Community Center, 809 S. Washington

1) Reps for Wash Park Boat House

2) Update on Denver Design District / Open Space vote

3) Zoning - Motions concerning the following BOA appeals:

1101 S. Ogden – Denial of a permit to erect a 2 story addition with setback and bulk plane issues
363 S. Corona – Denial of a permit to erect a second story addition with setback and bulk plane issues

4) Zoning Code Task Force Update

5) Thank you for our listserv provider

6) Other

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3. The Future of Denver Recreation Centers may be in your hands
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The National Civic League is conducting community outreach meetings with Denver Parks and Recreation that will offer the opportunity for residents to provide input into the development of a long term strategic plan addressing the future of our recreation centers. This effort is an attempt to determine the priorities of Denver residents for spending our limited dollars to provide the recreation center services that best serve our needs and desires.

Decisions will be made in the following four categories:

Value for your tax dollar
Recreation Center programs
Location of Recreation Centers
Recreation Center Fees

Go to denvergov.org/recreation to read the "Community Outreach Presentation" and add your comments in the suggestion box section. A schedule of meetings is on the web site. Input from all age groups is encouraged. At this point, there are no special meetings scheduled to get input from youth.

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4. Public comment requested for new rules and regulations on street trees
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Denver’s tree-lined streets are a testament to the lasting care that street trees have received from Denver’s residents. For more than 100 years, this responsibility has been placed on Denver’s residents (DRMC §57-18b). Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the care of every citizen to maintain a healthy urban canopy of trees.

The care of Denver’s street trees is important because a healthy urban forest contributes to the livability of our city on the high plains. Denver’s Forestry Department strives to clearly communicate with property owners about specific code discrepancies and allow them to respond accordingly.

While this model of residential care for street trees has been largely successful, occasionally property owners are unwilling to perform their obligations to keep Denver’s streets safe and free of hazards.

To encourage timely compliance with tree safety requirements, Forestry plans to implement a system of fines directly toward those refusing to fix a safety problem. Public comment is currently requested as rules and regulations are developed. Draft regulations can be viewed through September at www.denvergov.org/forestry.

Submitted by Charlie Busch on September 1, 2008 - 8:43pm.