Message from the Association
Rally in the Alley
Check back here frequently for updates! The attached handout can be used to contact your neighbors, or make one of your own.
Update 8/1 - a Word version of contacting your neighbors is available by contacting Charlie Busch at email@example.com.
Update 8/9 - it's not too late!
Alley Cleanup / Fixup – you can still make a difference!
1) We still have 8 quarts of dumpster paint / brushes / scrubbers / trash bags. Cleanup or fix up the alley behind your house. Call Tim O’Byrne at 720-290-0422 to arrange pickup of the supplies.
2) Tour the Alleys participating in Rally in the Alley – 2013, gather ideas for fall or next year! Two of the alleys will be in full swing on Saturday morning, 8/10:
a. The 900 Block of South Ogden and Corona will be working in the alley at 9AM.
3) Visit Ace Hardware, who is supporting us by creating a good deal on house numbers (for over your garage), floodlights, etc.
We will also put together a “how-to” for blocks that want to do this later in the fall or next spring.
The First Annual Rally in the Alley - West Washington Park - is scheduled for the weekend of August 10-11.
A number of residents are interested in starting a campaign in WWP to clean up and improve our alleys and as part of that effort, getting to know their surrounding neighbors, including those neighbors across the alley. Generally improving and maintaining the alley environment will send the message that these are not abandoned places but supervised, attended to and valued spaces.
Coordinate your neighbors, improve your alleys! If you are interested in being an Alley Captain or getting added to the mailing list, contact Mary Dreger at 303-744-7744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alley Activation falls into 4 stages: Clean it up; Fix it up; Pretty it up; Party it Up!
Clean it up:
Graffiti cleanup; pull weeds; haul trash away; large item pick up; sweep dirt
Fix It Up:
Replace motion light bulbs; install motion lights on garages: repair broken fencing; add locks to back gates; Turn alleyway gates into garden doors with locks/ Install quality fencing; install house numbers on garages and create directory of garages with phone numbers to text when garage door is left open; install alley signage including fake video camera warnings and speed limit signs in alleys; 0r actual video monitors
Pretty It Up:
Stroll your alley planting wildflower seeds (cosmos and 4 o’clocks do well); purchase oak barrels or LARGE HEAVY planters and fill with plants; Art on garage doors, walls, or to cover graffiti; place bench in alley for sitting and meeting neighbors; Paint your dumpster (free dumpster paint available from City). Plant thorny climbing roses on your back fence; Hang basketball hoops to encourage alley activities
Party it Up:
Evening Alley Walks to view improvements and get ideas; Contests and awards for alley efforts (home depot gift cert/ plaques to hang on the fence etc); Bike tour of alleys (like home tours and garden tours); Alley Rally Sales (like yard sales in the alley); Turn the alleys into bike paths; Zucchini Festival or vegetable swaps; share plants; Alley Parties like block parties.
Submitted by Charlie Busch on July 24, 2013 - 3:14am.